It is another Tuesday where we talk all about diagnosing and treating your crops. It is no rocket science but healthier crops = better yield = better profit. We talked about how you can reduce resistance in fungal infections in a previous blog post. Which you can read by clicking here , or watch this short video. But how do you prevent resistance in pesticides ? Well, this answer lies in 5 very simple steps, which we will get into without further ado.
I know we say this about almost everything, but honestly scouting is your best friend when it comes to disease management. I mean, how else will you notice that there is a resistance ? Like all other diseases the earlier you catch it the better. So a few days after spraying make sure you scout your farm for signs. If you notice that the infestation is still possible, trust your eyes, it is time to take action.
First the active ingredient and mode of action in your pesticide, then your crops. You would be surprised how many farmers use the same product the only difference is the brand name. Try and educate yourself on the active ingredient and mode of action that is needed to successfully eliminate the pest. So please know your ingredients. Plantix is an app that could help you out as you start out as it tells you what active ingredient you need. You can download it by clicking here
On the issue of rotating crops, shall we really speak on the importance of rotating crops? I am sure by now you know. If you do not… The only point to add to this is that make sure that you are rotating different families of crops. Because while broccoli, kale and cabbage are different crops, they belong to the same family, hence affected by the same pests.
Use sticky traps.
Sticky traps not only help you capture the insects, it monitors presence of insects, and also shows the severity of the infestation. What we really love about them is how much they help reduce cost of production. As you know the rule of sustainable farming in general is that only apply use of pesticides if the insects are actually doing damage. We repeat do not poke the bear. And sticky traps are great for that.
Do not over apply.
With fungicides, product failure is more related to foliage coverage instead of resistance. The more you apply pesticides when they are not needed, the more they could develop resistance. We know you want every tomato to be spotless for market purposes but if you are not careful, this may do more harm than good.
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