Successful crop production requires managing crop pests and diseases so their effects on plants are minimized. The management of crop diseases is directed at preventing the establishment of diseases and minimizing the development and spread of any diseases that become established in the crop. Managing pest problems is directed at preventing pest populations from becoming too large and uncontrollable. The presence of pests and diseases are a fact of crop production, and growers must use all available options and strategies to avoid serious pest and disease problems.

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