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Integrated, organic production systems evaluated for 'liberty' apple
Date:1/18/2011

copper for disease control. The use of these materials would undermine the sustainability of OFP for apple growers in the northeastern United States."

Organic fruit production systems are reported to be more expensive than conventional and integrated systems, and this was borne out the experiment. Sales value was estimated to be 6% greater for OFP than IFP using direct market prices (e.g., farm stand or farmers' market) and 11% greater for IFP than OFP using wholesale market prices.

The researchers concluded that IFP could be widely implemented for apple production in New York State, but cautioned that due to higher production costs, OFP may be most feasible for small to midsized direct market operations.


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Contact: Michael W. Neff
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703-836-4606
American Society for Horticultural Science
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