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Project happy apples: assisting backyard growers in codling moth management

Agricultural Communications Documentation Center (ACDC)
Detweiler, Amy Jo (main author), Stephan, Toni (author)
Online journal article
Publication Date:
USA: Extension Journal, Inc.
Agricultural Communications Documentation Center, Funk Library, University of Illinois
Subject Term:
agricultural education, communication analysis, communication methods, extension education, gardening, information needs, apples, communication technology, insects, integrated pest management (IPM), subsistence agriculture, website, email, knowledge exchange, survey research, effective communication, orchards
5 pages., Article # 1IAW6, vial online journal, Project Happy Apples began as an effort to assist backyard growers in managing codling moth in their fruit trees. We developed a process using emails and a web page to provide timely information related to the life cycle of codling moth and relevant integrated pest management (IPM) strategies. The content of our updates included pertinent photos, costs of tools, and suggested dates of action. Results from a survey of participants suggest that they were more confident, knowledgeable, and successful in using IPM strategies in their own backyards as a result of our project.