Source: Manitoba Beef and Forage Initiatives
Pollinators and natural enemies of pests may improve the health of agroecosystems. Have you considered practices to enhance them on your farm? If so, the University of Manitoba wants to partner with you for an on-farm project.
Establish flowering plants at crop field margins to determine if this habitat increases crop productivity by increasing pollinators and natural enemies of pests.
- Engage with project staff in decision making to:
- select fields that work for you
- seed (provided) and maintain the flowering habitat
- Maintain your crop rotation and regular management practises.
- Study flowering habitat effects for duration of project
- Collect insects throughout the growing season
- Measure the impact of the habitat across the field on:
- Pollinators and natural enemies of pests
- Pest insects, weeds and diseases
- Crop yield and quality
- Learn if your flowering habitat increased pollinators, natural enemies of pests, and crop productivity.
- Field-specific results will be communicated directly to you throughout the project
- Seed for the flowering habitat will be provided