Insect Management on Organic Farms
Insect management presents a challenge to organic farmers. Insects are highly mobile and well adapted to farm production systems and pest control tactics. On organic farms, where the focus is on managing insects rather than eliminating them, success depends on learning about three kinds of information: • Biological information.What the insect needs to survive can be used to determine if pest insects can be deprived of some vital resource. • Ecological information. How the insect interacts with the environment and other species can be used to shape a pestresistant environment. • Behavioral information about both pest and beneficial insects. How the insect goes about collecting the necessities of life can be manipulated to protect crops.