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The use of plant protection products is restricted in organic farming, so controlling pests and diseases by prevention is the best way to deal with them. Using resistant varieties, mixtures of varieties or species and healthy seed are all ways to take preventative action. Designing crop rotations that break up the pest or disease development cycle is another. You can also adapt your crop cultivation techniques and timings to avoid difficulties. Lastly, cultivating biodiversity in and around fields benefits the natural enemies of pests, and so may help to control them. When planning crop rotations you should take into account the fact that although diseases are a common cause of yield loss in many arable crop species, severe problems with pests are mostly limited to rapeseed and potato crops.

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Choosing cover crops for arable crop rotations2018
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Controlling potato beetles with BtResearch Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL20174 (1)
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Croprotect (App)Rothamsted Research RES2015
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Determine compost quality using the cress tests2018
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Earthworms: architects of fertile soilsResearch Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL20143.6 (11)
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Inter-row cultivation for mechanical weed control in winter oilseed rapePURE-
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Living mulch in vegetablesAssociazione Italiana Agricoltura Biologica AIAB2015
Modification/change of sowing date in winter wheatPURE2015
Monitoring weed regulation services by carabidsFrench Research Institute for Organic Farming ITAB20175 (1)
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Organic quality wheat production - Results of long-term field trials of...Ländliches Fortbildungsinstitut Österreich LFI2016
Organic Small Grain ProductionSouthern Regional Extension Forestry2011
Organic Weed Management: A Practical GuideCharles Merfield2000
Pest and Disease Control in Grass and Forage CropsFarming Connect2013
Pest Management in Organic Cropping SystemsDalhousie University, Organic Agriculture Centre...-
Pest Management in Organic Production SystemsSouthern Regional Extension Forestry2011
Plant protection in organic farmingEkogwarancja PTRE2008
Potato Crop ManagementResearch Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL2010
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Reducing the use of copper in potatoesResearch Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL20175 (1)

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