Boosting beneficials through the use of flowering strips – Strategic Farm Week, Winter 2020


Can flowering strips – around field margins or in-field be the answer to controlling pests – now and in the future?

Our Strategic Cereal Farms are looking at the effect that they might have – both on numbers of pests, beneficials and also on the crop itself.

Join Mark Ramsden, ADAS Entomologist and Rob Fox, Strategic Farm West host, to talk through what is taking place on the farms currently and what you could do/could look for on your own farm.

This seminar session will aim to answer questions like:

  • What are the best flower and grass species to grow for cereal pests?
  • Where should my flowering strips feature in the landscape?
  • How and where should I look for pests and beneficials in the margins and the crop and how can I identify them?
  • How do I get started?

Hannah McGrath, Rothamsted Research will also be joining us to talk about the fascinating research that she is doing looking at the impact of flowering strips on carrot crops to control pest levels, yield impacts and more.

Join us for the conversation, ask your questions and gain the resources on what you might be able to try or do on-farm now this season.

 BASIS and NRoSO points available.

This seminar is free to attend and forms part of Strategic Farm Week – Winter 2020.

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