Dec 4, 2008

Trap Cropping

The beginnings of a Polyculture can be simple proximity Trap Cropping
to manage pests.
Corn, Cotton and produce can all benefit from this low cost and
regenerative practice.
Surrounding the garden or adding Trap Islands within garden patches
can help control and manage insects.

http://www.oisat.org/control_methods/cultural__practices/trap_cropping.html

(From OISAT)
Trap cropping
Trap cropping is the planting of a trap crop to protect the main cash
crop from a certain pest or several pests. The trap crop can be from
the same or different family group, than that of the main crop, as
long as it is more attractive to the pest. There are two types of
planting the trap crops; perimeter trap cropping and row
intercropping. Perimeter trap cropping (border trap cropping) is the
planting of trap crop completely surrounding the main cash crop. It
prevents a pest attack that comes from all sides of the field. It
works best on pests that are found near the borderline of the farm.
Row intercropping is the planting of the trap crop in alternating rows
within the main crop.
Advantages of trap cropping

1. Lessens the use of pesticide
2. Lowers the pesticide cost
3. Preserves the indigenous natural enemies
4. Improves the crop's quality
5. Helps conserve the soil and the environment

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