Just as beneficial bugs eat insect pests, there are bacteria that can help destroy threats to your crop with minimal environmental impact. Now we are developing these ‘biologics’, as they’re called, as part of our integrated crop production portfolio.
The addition of biologics is part of a transformation in our business that reflects a similar change on farms and in vineyards and orchards as well. It’s all about integration. Rather than offering one dimensional solutions to crop threats, we’re developing a range of solutions – often in partnership with other research-driven organisations – that combine chemistry with advanced crop breeding techniques and biological solutions.
We want to encourage all the local beneficial insects to keep helping protect your crops so we’ve developed a new set of nine beneficial insect information cards. These cards profile beneficial insects and mites and identify the Bayer products that have been shown to cause minimal disruption where they are present.
The cards will appear in the next few issues of Vegetables Australia. We encourage you to collect the whole set – not just of cards, but also of all the beneficial insects and mites that can thrive in your crops and local conditions.
If you’ve missed any of the previous cards in the series and would like them sent out to you, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
Before using any of our IPM compatible products, please consult the relevant product label.
We are also forming partnerships with breeders of beneficial insects to develop ground-breaking Integrated Pest Management strategies.
In 2012 we helped launch an integrated program to prevent diamondback moth damage in flowerhead brassica crops, providing effective control of a pest that has complicated Victorian cauliflower and broccoli production for nearly 20 years.
The new program replaces six to eight sprays of conventional and biological insecticides with three sprays, plus the release of predatory wasps.
Importantly for growers, the cost of this more sustainable new strategy is much less than half traditional programs. The high quality of the produce is maintained, and fewer passes with the tractor leads to easier crop management.