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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.


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Tools

TitleIssuing organisationProjectYear of releaseRating
Advanced system in wheat: Combination of agronomical levels: The French...PUREOK-Net Arable-
Aerated compost tea (ACT) to improve soil biology and to act as a...Organic Research Centre ORC, Elm FarmOK-Net Arable , Organic Research Centre (ORC) - Elm Farm20174.7 (3)
Agrometeo: decision support tool for pest prognosis and risk assessmentAgroscopeAgroscope , OK-Net Arable-
Atlas of agricultural entomology - a knowledge base of pest insectsRivista di AgrariaOK-Net Arable-3.5 (2)
Calculate the risk of wireworm infestation in the fieldResearch Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBLCommunication , OK-Net Arable20172 (1)
Cereal Disease EncyclopaediaAgriculture and Horticulture Development Board...OK-Net Arable , Other organizations2008
Challenges of Organic Arable Farming 3rd module: Monitoring, preventive and...Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari CIHEAM...OK-Net Arable , IAMB Mediterranean Agronomic Institute Bari2017
Challenges of Organic Arable Farming 4th module: Technical tools, strategies...Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari CIHEAM...OK-Net Arable , IAMB Mediterranean Agronomic Institute Bari2017
Challenges of Organic Arable Farming 5th module: Crops specific problems and...Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari CIHEAM...OK-Net Arable , IAMB Mediterranean Agronomic Institute Bari2017
Challenges of Organic Arable Farming - 6th module: Recovery and final synthesisMediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari CIHEAM...OK-Net Arable , IAMB Mediterranean Agronomic Institute Bari2017
Choosing cover crops for arable crop rotationsFrench Research Institute for Organic Farming ITABOK-Net Arable , ITAB - Institut Technique en Agriculture... , IFOAM EU Group2018
Control of wireworms in organic potato cultivationResearch Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBLCommunication , OK-Net Arable20163 (3)
Controlling potato beetles with BtResearch Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBLCommunication , OK-Net Arable20174 (1)
Cover crop mulches and no-till soybeanAssociazione Italiana Agricoltura Biologica AIABOK-Net Arable , AIAB2017
Crop Management of Rapeseed and Pollen Beetle ControlResearch Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBLCommunication , OK-Net Arable20164 (1)
Crop rotation and its ability to suppress perennial weedsSEGESSEGES , OK-Net Arable20174.5 (2)
Crop rotations on diversified farmsSouthern Regional Extension ForestryOK-Net Arable , Other organizations2013
Croprotect (App)Rothamsted Research RESSelected tools , OK-Net Arable , Rothamsted Research (RES)2015
Cultivating a diverse wheat population suitable for low-input and organic...Organic Research Centre ORC, Elm FarmOK-Net Arable , Organic Research Centre (ORC) - Elm Farm2017
Database for ecological pest managementNational Center for Appropriate Technology NCATOK-Net Arable19974 (2)
Description of biological control agents and agroenvironmental measures for...Agroengineering for sustainable agriculture,...OK-Net Arable2009
Determine compost quality using the cress testsResearch Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL)OK-Net Arable , FiBL - Forschungsinstitut für biologischen Landbau... , IFOAM EU Group2018
Diverse fertility building leys in arable rotationsOrganic Reserach Centre ORC, Elm FarmOK-Net Arable , Organic Research Centre (ORC) - Elm Farm20173.5 (2)
Earthworms: architects of fertile soilsResearch Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBLTILMAN-ORG , Soil Sciences , OK-Net Arable , Pflanzenschutz und Biodiversität20143.6 (11)
ECOPHYTOPIC – The portal for integrated crop protection of arable cropsLes Instituts Techniques Agricoles ACTAOK-Net Arable , ACTA - Association de Coordination Technique...-3.3 (3)
Encyclopaedia of pests and natural enemies in field cropsAgriculture and Horticulture Development Board...OK-Net Arable , Other organizations2014
FusaProg: risk assessment of fusarium and mycotoxin infestation in wheat...AgroscopeAgroscope , OK-Net Arable20133 (1)
How to successfully convert to organic arable farmingLändliches Fortbildungsinstitut Österreich LFIFiBL Austria , OK-Net Arable , Weitere Organisationen20175 (2)
Inter-row cultivation for mechanical weed control in winter oilseed rapePUREOK-Net Arable-
Knowledge exchange platform for agroecologySOLAGROOK-Net Arable-3.2 (6)
Late blight on potatoes in organic farming - prognosis (Öko-SIMPHYT)Informationssystem Integrierte Pflanzenproduktion...OK-Net Arable , Other organizations2010
Living mulch in vegetablesAssociazione Italiana Agricoltura Biologica AIABOK-Net Arable , AIAB2015
Modification/change of sowing date in winter wheatPUREOK-Net Arable2015
Monitoring weed regulation services by carabidsFrench Research Institute for Organic Farming ITABOK-Net Arable , ITAB - Institut Technique en Agriculture...20175 (1)
Online determination tool for pestsFederal Office for Organic Agriculture and Food...Federal Agency for Agriculture and Food - BLE , OK-Net Arable2017
Organic cultivation in autumn 2016 - Varieties, Seeds and Crop managementLändliches Fortbildungsinstitut Österreich LFIFiBL Austria , OK-Net Arable , Weitere Organisationen2016
Organic Cultivation of Green PeasLändliches Fortbildungsinstitut Österreich LFIFiBL Austria , OK-Net Arable , Weitere Organisationen2016
Organic farming Guidelines for pest and disease control and weed management in...Uprawy ekologiczneOK-Net Arable-4 (3)
Organic Field Crop ProductionDalhousie University, Organic Agriculture Centre...OK-Net Arable-
Organic quality wheat production - Results of long-term field trials of...Ländliches Fortbildungsinstitut Österreich LFIFiBL Austria , OK-Net Arable , Weitere Organisationen2016
Organic Small Grain ProductionSouthern Regional Extension ForestryOK-Net Arable2011
Organic Weed Management: A Practical GuideCharles MerfieldOK-Net Arable2000
Pest and Disease Control in Grass and Forage CropsFarming ConnectOK-Net Arable2013
Pest Management in Organic Cropping SystemsDalhousie University, Organic Agriculture Centre...Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada/Centre... , OK-Net Arable-
Pest Management in Organic Production SystemsSouthern Regional Extension ForestryOK-Net Arable2011
Plant protection in organic farmingEkogwarancja PTREOK-Net Arable2008
Potato Crop ManagementResearch Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBLCommunication , OK-Net Arable2010
Rape pollen beetleResearch Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBLOK-Net Arable , Pflanzenschutz und Biodiversität , Other organizations20144.5 (2)
Reducing the use of copper in potatoesResearch Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBLAdvisory Service , OK-Net Arable20175 (1)
Results an lessons learnt from field vegetables activity - cabbagePUREOK-Net Arable-
Results and lessons learnt from wheat-based cropping system activityPUREOK-Net Arable-
Rolling of grains to prevent winter kill damageResearch Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBLAdvisory Service , OK-Net Arable2017
ROTOR: organic crop rotation plannerLeibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research...OK-Net Arable20074.6 (11)
Soil and Fertility Management in Organic SystemsDalhousie University, Organic Agriculture Centre...Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada/Centre... , OK-Net Arable-
SOILappSchool of Advanced Studies Sant'Anna, Institute of... , Scuola Esperienziale Itinerante di Agricoltura... , The Greek Network for Biodiversity and Ecology in...OK-Net Arable , Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna of Pisa2018
Sort Out Your Soil: A practical guide to green manuresCotswold Seeds Ltd , Garden OrganicOK-Net Arable , Garden Organic (HDRA)-4 (5)
Transition to organic productionDalhousie University, Organic Agriculture Centre...Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada/Centre... , OK-Net Arable-
Use of rock dust against the rape pollen beetleResearch Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBLAdvisory Service , OK-Net Arable20174.5 (2)
Use of variety mixtures to reduce disease, increase resource-use efficiency...PUREOK-Net Arable-
Using crop rotation to control wirewormsResearch Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBLCommunication , OK-Net Arable20174 (1)
Weed control in organic farmingWielkopolski Ośrodek Doradztwa Rolniczego w...OK-Net Arable , Polen2015
Weed harrowing in spring cerealsPUREOK-Net Arable-


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