Yesterday we had Bugs for Bugs visit to help implement biological control program into Organic Cereals. David Loxley from Bugs for Bugs will be working alongside our allAG girls over the winter cropping season on a pilot program with lady beetles and lace wing insects to aid in control of aphids in organic cereal crops.
This pilot program will focus on the role of insects as a biological control option in organic crops. The pilot program will consist of a trial on organic wheat and barley crops. Initially there will be trial sites where a specific number of insects are released. The insects will be monitored and results collected to aid Bugs for Bugs ready for a commercial release of insects later in the season.
Lacewings - Mallada Signata
Larvae of the green lacewing are wide-ranging predators that will attack and eat almost any small insect or eggs. Lace wing larvae are particularly effective at controlling aphids, attack mealybigs, greenhouse whitefly, thrip, two spotted mite, small caterpillars and moth eggs.
Ladybird beetles - Harmonia conformis
These native ladybird beetles are a new biocontrol product. The adult and larvae feed on aphids and whitefly.
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