With the state of Georgia known as one of the major players in agriculture in the United States, it’s no surprise that many farmers attended the 2016 Atlanta Agricultural Conference. That was the newest seminar that a private organization held at the time to help the local producers improve their harvest and sales. Apart from exhibitions of non-GMO fertilizers and seed varieties, half a day got dedicated as well to an open forum in which new and old agriculturalists could both ask the experts for tips and clarifications about farming.
Out of the questions thrown out, however, most of the farmers were interested in pest control. After all, any plant can get troubled by weeds, insects, or diseases anytime. If they don’t learn how to manage the situation fast, their effort and investment might go to waste.
Now, considering that’s a concern for you too, here’s what you can do to control pests in your field.
1. Change The Climate
The first thing you should do is to alter the climate surrounding the crops to stop fungi and parasites from growing there. Some do it by covering the leafy part of the plants with plastic so that it doesn’t get rained on. Others build greenhouses wherein they will be able to control the temperature permeating in the room better.
2. Harbor Their Natural Predators
Don’t forget that the enemy of your enemy can be your friend. When you look at the food chain, there are undoubtedly insects that prey on the pests that are infesting your crops. For instance, if cottony scales appear on the plants, you can release Vedalia beetles to eat them. That will then allow you to get rid of infestation without using dangerous pesticides.
3. Try Mating Disruption
Another smart technique that farmers can use is hindering the pests from mating. Once it occurs, you see, they will eventually release eggs that will become insects and add to their problems. Because of that, many producers release synthetic hormones of the female insects that the males mate with to keep from finding the real ones.
Protecting your farm against pests is not impossible even if you don’t use insecticides or pesticides. Follow the tips above now!