IPM Plan


This plan has been developed by the Voluntary Initiative to help farmers meet the requirements of the Sustainable Use Directive.

The Sustainable Use Directive on Pesticides requires professional users of pesticides to consider the principles of IPM before using professional pesticides.

For farmers in Scotland there is a Scottish version which is available here

What is Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

IPM is the holistic use of all available plant protection methods and subsequent integration of appropriate measures to discourage the development of weed, pest and disease populations and keep the use of pesticide and other interventions to levels that are economically and ecologically justified and minimize risks to human health and the environment (based on the FAO and Sustainable Use Directive definition).

How is the plan set out?

The plan is comprised of seven sections covering current crop production and major pest, weed and disease management, current cultural practices, catchment issues and plant protection measures.

The plan should take between 30 minutes and one hour to complete.

How can I find out more about IPM?

  On each question this button gives advice on how to complete the question and advice on the IPM techniques covered by the question.

Some useful general reference sources

The following websites are provided for general reference. Individual sections contain more links to specific topics.

Who should complete this plan?

The plan should be completed by any farm or nursery enterprise that is using professional pesticides to produce crops, ornamentals, fodder or feed including grassland/pasture. Other plans such as the LEAF audit also meet the Directive requirements.  You may choose to complete only one of these plans to satisfy the requirements of the Directive. If you choose to complete the IPM plan:

  • We recommend that it should be completed by the owner/farm/nursery manager in collaboration with the sprayer operator.
  • We recommend that you discuss the plan and opportunities to enhance integrated crop management with whoever provides your professional agronomy advice before and after completing the plan to maximize the benefit of the planning process
What are the benefits of completing this plan?

The Sustainable Use Directive on Pesticides requires professional users of pesticides to consider the principles of IPM before using professional pesticides.

This plan is designed to:

  • help identify and demonstrate the use of IPM techniques on your enterprises.

  • identify opportunities for improving resistance strategies

  • help you maximize effectiveness of crop protection on your enterprises.

  • help you to demonstrate you are meeting the requirements of SMR 9 of cross compliance.

  • identify where appropriate additional IPM practices will help improve your business practice and productivity.

How should the plan be completed and how will data be used?

The plan is available to complete online. It is intended that the data from this plan will be collated and used to demonstrate the implementation of IPM practices in the farming industry as a whole but not for individual enterprises.

Once the plan is completed online you can then print the plan and an electronic copy of the plan will be e-mailed to you as a PDF.  The website does not keep a hard copy of the plan that you have completed so the printed copy and e-mailed PDF copy are the only records of the plan available.

A set of example plans is available for reference.

There may be a need for farm/nursery businesses with multiple holdings to complete more than one plan if holdings have appreciably different cropping practices. The decision to complete more than one plan is left to the discretion of individual businesses.

How often should the plan be reviewed?

It is recommended that the plan should be reviewed on a regular basis when you are considering crop protection practices; a thorough review should take place annually.

How should reviews be recorded once a plan has been produced on the IPM website?
  1. Any small changes to the plan made between annual reviews should be recorded on the hard copy
  2. At the 1st annual review after the plan has been generated if little/nothing of note has changed in the crop protection practices and if it is appropriate to continue to use the existing plan then the 1st annual review should be noted and dated on the hard copy.
  3. At the 2nd annual review an updated IPM website plan should be generated, which incorporates all the measures on the existing plan, any changes since the last version was produced and any new undertakings. (It is important that the data is resubmitted on the IPM website at the 2nd annual review in order to keep an up to date record of trends in IPM practices to demonstrate to regulators.)
Terminology: Pesticides

In the plan the term ‘pesticides’ is used as a general term to describe all insecticides, herbicides (weed killers), fungicides, slug pellets etc. It does not cover rodenticides and other biocides.

BASIS (2) and NRoSO (2) points will be awarded for completing this IPM plan.

To claim your Basis points, email [email protected] the IPM plan reference number CP/64418/1718/h and your BASIS membership number.

To claim your NRoSO points, email the completed plan to  [email protected] with the IPM plan reference number NO464824g and your NRoSO  membership number and date of birth.

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