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Pest and disease control

Pest and disease control

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.

On this page, you can find tools and resources that can help you design a robust management plan for pest and disease control, and you can discuss the topic with others.

How to successfully convert to organic arable farmingMost popular tool

How to successfully convert to organic arable farming

The leaflet addresses farmers who are interested in conversion to organic arable farming. Information includes contact points for workshops and…

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Earthworms: architects of fertile soils

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Control of wireworms in organic potato cultivationResearch Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL20164 (2)
Controlling potato beetles with BtResearch Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL)20174 (1)
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Crop rotation and its ability to suppress perennial weedsSEGES20174.5 (2)
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Croprotect (App)Rothamsted Research RES2015
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FusaProg: risk assessment of fusarium and mycotoxin infestation in wheat...Agroscope Switzerland20133 (1)
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Inter-row cultivation for mechanical weed control in winter oilseed rapePURE-
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Living mulch in vegetablesAIAB2015
Modification/change of sowing date in winter wheatPURE2015
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Organic Weed Management: A Practical GuideCharles Merfield2000
Pest and Disease Control in Grass and Forage CropsFarming Connect2013
Pest Management in Organic Cropping SystemsDalhousie University, OACC-
Pest Management in Organic Production SystemsSouthern Regional Extension Forestry2011
Plant protection in organic farmingEkogwarancja PTRE2008
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Results an lessons learnt from field vegetables activity - cabbagePURE-
Results and lessons learnt from wheat-based cropping system activityPURE-
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Soil and Fertility Management in Organic SystemsDalhousie University, OACC-
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Transition to organic productionDalhousie University, OACC-
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Use of variety mixtures to reduce disease, increase resource-use efficiency...PURE-
Using crop rotation to control wirewormsResearch Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL)20174 (1)
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Weed harrowing in spring cerealsPURE-

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