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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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Monitoring weed regulation services by carabidsMost popular tool

Monitoring weed regulation services by carabids

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Controlling endoparasites in laying hensLatest tool

Controlling endoparasites in laying hens

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Tools

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 Arable20174.8 (5)
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 field (OK-Net Arable Practice...FiBL - 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 4th module: Technical tools, strategies...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 endoparasites in laying hensFiBL - Research Institute of Organic AgricultureOK-Net EcoFeed2018
Controlling potato beetles with BtFiBL - Research Institute of Organic AgricultureOK-Net Arable20174 (1)
Cover crop mulches and no-till soybeanAIAB - Associazione Italiana Agricoltura BiologicaOK-Net Arable2017
Crop Management of Rapeseed and Pollen Beetle ControlFiBL - Research Institute of Organic AgricultureOK-Net Arable20164 (1)
Crop rotation and its ability to suppress perennial weedsSEGESOK-Net Arable20174.5 (2)
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 Arable20175 (1)
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 tests (OK-Net Arable Practice...FiBL - 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)
Hygiene management in organic pig husbandryFiBL - Research Institute of Organic Agriculture , Bioland Beratung GmbH , KÖN - Kompetenzzentrum Ökolandbau Niedersachsen , Bio AustriaOK-Net EcoFeed2011
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
Monitoring weed regulation services by carabidsITAB - Institute for Organic Agriculture and FoodOK-Net Arable20175 (1)
Online determination tool for pestsBLE - Federal Office for Agriculture and FoodOK-Net Arable2017
Organic cultivation in autumn 2016 - Varieties, Seeds and Crop managementLFI - Ländliches Fortbildungsinstitut ÖsterreichOK-Net Arable2016
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 Field Crop ProductionOACC - Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada,...OK-Net Arable-
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
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 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
Pre-sprouting of potato seed tubers (Liveseed Practice Abstract)AREI - Institute of Agricultural Resources and...Liveseed2020
Proper seed storageWUR - Wageningen University & Research2020
Rape pollen beetleFiBL - Research Institute of Organic AgricultureOK-Net Arable20144.5 (2)
Reducing the use of copper in potatoes (OK-Net Arable Practice Abstract)FiBL - 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-
Rolling of grains to prevent winter kill damage (OK-Net Arable Practice...FiBL - Research Institute of Organic AgricultureOK-Net Arable2017
ROTOR: organic crop rotation plannerZALF - Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape...OK-Net Arable20074.6 (11)
Soil and Fertility Management in Organic SystemsOACC - Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada,...OK-Net Arable-5 (1)
SOILappSchool of Advanced Studies Sant'Anna, Institute of... , Scuola Esperienziale Itinerante di Agricoltura... , AEGILOPS - The Greek Network for Biodiversity and...OK-Net Arable2018
Sort Out Your Soil: A practical guide to green manuresCotswold Seeds Ltd. , Garden OrganicOK-Net Arable-4 (5)
Transition to organic productionOACC - Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada,...OK-Net Arable-
Use of rock dust against the rape pollen beetle (OK-Net Arable Practice...FiBL - 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 wireworms (OK-Net Arable Practice Abstract)FiBL - Research Institute of Organic AgricultureOK-Net Arable20174 (1)
Weed control in organic farmingWODR - Wielkopolski Ośrodek Doradztwa Rolniczego w...OK-Net Arable2015
Weed harrowing in spring cerealsPUREOK-Net Arable-


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