Holding recalcitrant garden pests and diseases at bay

Local agriculture expert Patryk Battle likes to tell farmers that 90 percent of all pest problems can be solved by strategies he calls “farmscaping” — that is, creating an environment that encourages naturally occurring predators of common farm pests to move in, set up housekeeping and start a family.

But what about the remaining 10 percent? The ones Battle calls “recalcitrant pest and disease problems”? Solving those challenges, Battle says, takes an extra effort, one that may involve purchasing predator insects or biological agents.

Read full article from March 29, 2018.