Wireworms are a destructive beetle, particularly for crops such as grains in the spring and autumn. The OACC, is examining the potential for non-chemical strategies, such as the use of crop rotation to reduce wireworm populations in infested fields.
When carefully planned rotations, proper sanitation and other preventative practices prove insufficient, what is the next step in controlling pests in organic production?
This article will highlight common problems and propose general practices to combat not only the symptom (insect infestation) but to address the root cause.
There is a huge variety of mites, most of which cause no problem to crops. While mites can be problematic pests, the combination of management, biological and botanical controls can keep them in check.
Minute pirate bugs are common insect predators found in gardens, fields, orchards and surrounding areas. Even though they occur across Canada in many different habitats they are often overlooked. But don’t let their small size fool you, minute pirate bugs have a big impact on a wide variety of common pests.
Since the mid 1990s, precipitation in many parts of Canada has become much more early in the 20th Century, Albert Howard, working in India, Noted the prominence of pests on crops where "artificials" (chemical fertilizers) were used, and their virtual absence in the traditional farming systems.
Organic farmers do not usually have problems with insects and plant diseases in field crops. Problems with insects and disease can usually be traced to problems with either the health of the soil or the crop rotation.