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> 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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TitleIssuing organisationProjectYear of releaseRating
Advanced system in wheat: Combination of agronomical levels: The French...PUREOK-Net Arable-5 (1)
Aerated compost tea (ACT) to improve soil biology and to act as a...ORC - Organic Research Centre, Elm FarmOK-Net Arable20174.7 (3)
Agrometeo: decision support tool for pest prognosis and risk assessmentAgroscopeOK-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 fieldFiBL - Research Institute of Organic AgricultureOK-Net Arable20172 (1)
Cereal Disease EncyclopaediaAHDB - Agriculture and Horticulture Development...OK-Net Arable2008
Challenges of Organic Arable Farming 3rd module: Monitoring, preventive and...IAMB - Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of BariOK-Net Arable2017
Challenges of Organic Arable Farming 5th module: Crops specific problems and...IAMB - Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of BariOK-Net Arable2017
Challenges of Organic Arable Farming - 6th module: Recovery and final synthesisIAMB - Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of BariOK-Net Arable2017
Choosing cover crops for arable crop rotationsITAB - Institute for Organic Agriculture and FoodOK-Net Arable2018
Control of wireworms in organic potato cultivationFiBL - Research Institute of Organic AgricultureOK-Net Arable20163 (3)
Controlling potato beetles with BtFiBL - Research Institute of Organic AgricultureOK-Net Arable20174 (1)
Crop Management of Rapeseed and Pollen Beetle ControlFiBL - Research Institute of Organic AgricultureOK-Net Arable20164 (1)
Crop rotations on diversified farmsSouthern Regional Extension ForestryOK-Net Arable2013
Croprotect (App)RES - Rothamsted ResearchOK-Net Arable2015
Cultivating a diverse wheat population suitable for low-input and organic...ORC - Organic Research Centre, Elm FarmOK-Net Arable2017
Database for ecological pest managementNCAT - National Center for Appropriate TechnologyOK-Net Arable19974 (2)
Description of biological control agents and agroenvironmental measures for...AgEngPol Agroengineering for sustainable...OK-Net Arable2009
Determine compost quality using the cress testsFiBL - Research Institute of Organic AgricultureOK-Net Arable2018
Diverse fertility building leys in arable rotationsORC - Organic Research Centre, Elm FarmOK-Net Arable20173.5 (2)
Earthworms: architects of fertile soilsFiBL - Research Institute of Organic AgricultureOK-Net Arable20143.6 (11)
ECOPHYTOPIC – The portal for integrated crop protection of arable cropsACTA - Les Instituts Techniques AgricolesOK-Net Arable-3.3 (3)
Encyclopaedia of pests and natural enemies in field cropsAHDB - Agriculture and Horticulture Development...OK-Net Arable2014
FusaProg: risk assessment of fusarium and mycotoxin infestation in wheat...AgroscopeOK-Net Arable20133 (1)
How to successfully convert to organic arable farmingLFI - Ländliches Fortbildungsinstitut ÖsterreichOK-Net Arable20175 (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)ISIP - Informationssystem Integrierte...OK-Net Arable2010
Living mulch in vegetablesAIAB - Associazione Italiana Agricoltura BiologicaOK-Net Arable2015
Modification/change of sowing date in winter wheatPUREOK-Net Arable2015
Online determination tool for pestsBLE - Federal Office for Agriculture and FoodOK-Net Arable2017
Organic Cultivation of Green PeasLFI - Ländliches Fortbildungsinstitut ÖsterreichOK-Net Arable2016
Organic farming Guidelines for pest and disease control and weed management in...Uprawy ekologiczneOK-Net Arable-4 (3)
Organic quality wheat production - Results of long-term field trials of...LFI - Ländliches Fortbildungsinstitut ÖsterreichOK-Net Arable2016
Organic Small Grain ProductionSouthern Regional Extension ForestryOK-Net Arable2011
Pest and Disease Control in Grass and Forage CropsFarming ConnectOK-Net Arable2013
Pest Management in Organic Cropping SystemsOACC - Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada,...OK-Net Arable-
Pest Management in Organic Production SystemsSouthern Regional Extension ForestryOK-Net Arable2011
Plant protection in organic farmingEkogwarancja PTREOK-Net Arable2008
Potato Crop ManagementFiBL - Research Institute of Organic AgricultureOK-Net Arable2010
Rape pollen beetleFiBL - Research Institute of Organic AgricultureOK-Net Arable20144.5 (2)
Reducing the use of copper in potatoesFiBL - Research Institute of Organic AgricultureOK-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-
ROTOR: organic crop rotation plannerZALF - Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape...OK-Net Arable20074.6 (11)
SOILappSchool of Advanced Studies Sant'Anna, Institute of... , Scuola Esperienziale Itinerante di Agricoltura... , AEGILOPS - The Greek Network for Biodiversity and...OK-Net Arable2018
Use of rock dust against the rape pollen beetleFiBL - Research Institute of Organic AgricultureOK-Net Arable20174.5 (2)
Use of variety mixtures to reduce disease, increase resource-use efficiency...PUREOK-Net Arable-
Using crop rotation to control wirewormsFiBL - Research Institute of Organic AgricultureOK-Net Arable20174 (1)
Weed harrowing in spring cerealsPUREOK-Net Arable-


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