ORGANIC PEST CONTROL PRODUCTS FINDER

Find organic pest control products, such as Bt, Copper, Hydrogen peroxide, insecticidal soap, NEEM, Pyrethrum, Spinosad and Surround, and which suppliers have them.  Plus, information regarding the effectiveness of these products for controlling pests as reported in Cornell’s excellent, Resource Guide for Organic Insect and Disease Management.

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Products included in this FINDER where chosen based on the results of our Organic Inputs Survey. All product names and trademarks are owned and copyrighted by their respective companies. CFSA makes no claims that these products will provide sufficient control of crop pests, nor do we endorse products listed in the database. This database is for reference only and does not imply any connection or relationship between CFSA and these companies.

 

This FINDER includes efficacy data from Cornell University’s Resource Guide for Organic Insect and Disease Management. We would like to thank the authors of this resource for supporting our work and allowing us to use information published in this database. Cornell’s guide is a useful resource and we encourage you to reference it for more information about crop management practices for organic insect and disease control. It also provides more in-depth information regarding the efficacy of commercially available organic pest control products.

 

This FINDER also includes information on restrictions that apply to the use of materials that are listed and approved by the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI).  OMRI is a nonprofit organization that reviews products intended for use in certified organic production, handling, and processing. For an annual fee to manufacturers, OMRI reviews the ingredients and processes used to create products based on information provided by the producing company. If products pass this rigorous review process and are determined to be approved for use in certified organic production, they will be listed in the OMRI Products List© and will usually include the OMRI logo on the product label. We would like to thank OMRI for their support of this project.

 

If you are certified or transitioning to USDA Organic Certification, you must follow the National Organic Program’s Code of Regulations §205.206: Crop pest, weed, and disease management practice standard. Whereas,

A.      The producer must use management practices to prevent crop pests, weeds, and diseases including but not limited to:

1.      Crop rotation and soil and crop nutrient management practices, as provided for in §§205.203 and 205.205;

2.      Sanitation measures to remove disease vectors, weed seeds, and habitat for pest organisms; and

3.      Cultural practices that enhance crop health, including selection of plant species and varieties with regard to suitability to site-specific conditions and resistance to prevalent pests, weeds, and diseases.

 B.      Pest problems may be controlled through mechanical or physical methods including but not limited to:

1.      Augmentation or introduction of predators or parasites of the pest species;

2.      Development of habitat for natural enemies of pests;

3.      Nonsynthetic controls such as lures, traps, and repellents.


C.      Weed problems may be controlled through:

1.      Mulching with fully biodegradable materials.

2.      Mowing;

3.      Livestock grazing;

4.      Hand weeding and mechanical cultivation;

5.      Flame, heat, or electrical means; or

6.      Plastic or other synthetic mulches: Provided, That, they are removed from the field at the end of the growing or harvest season.

D.     Disease problems may be controlled through:

1.      Management practices which suppress the spread of disease organisms; or

2.      Application of nonsynthetic biological, botanical, or mineral inputs.

E.      When the practices provided for in paragraphs (a) through (d) of this section are insufficient to prevent or control crop pests, weeds, and diseases, a biological or botanical substance or a substance included on the National List of synthetic substances allowed for use in organic crop production may be applied to prevent, suppress, or control pests, weeds, or diseases: Provided, That, the conditions for using the substance are documented in the organic system plan.

1.        The producer must not use lumber treated with arsenate or other prohibited materials for new installations or replacement purposes in contact with soil or livestock.

 

We recommend that you discuss with your certifying agency what their requirements are for documentation of insufficient pest or disease control prior to using an approved pest input material. This information, along with a list of any pest control inputs you plan on using, if other control methods are insufficient, must be documented in you Organic System Plan.

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