- Increase species in time and space with crop rotations, polycultures, agroforestry and crop-livestock systems.
- Expand genetic diversity with variety mixtures, local germplasm and multilines (or varieties that contain several different genes for resistance to a particular pest). In each case, the crop represents a genetically diverse array that can better withstand disease and pests.
- Conserve or introduce natural enemies and antagonists with habitat enhancement or augmentative releases.
- Boost soil biotic activity and improve soil structure with regular applications of organic matter.
- Enhance nutrient recycling with legumes and livestock.
- Maintain vegetative cover with reduced tillage, cover crops or mulches.
- Enhance landscape diversity with biological corridors, vegetationally diverse crop-field boundaries or mosaics of agroecosystems.
Manage Insects on Your Farm
Guidelines for Designing Healthy and Pest-Resilient Farming Systems
2005 | 128 pages