Mowing practices to encourage beneficial insects

  • Reducing mowing - less disturbance to beneficial populations, allows grasses to produce pollen and weeds to flower and produce nectar.
  • Alternate row mowing, less disruptive than mowing all the rows at the same time, which results in a slow re-establishment of beneficial insects
  • Part row mowing is even better to provide even quicker restablishment of beneficial insects
  • Leave Mohawh or centre strips during harvest if rows are wide enough

In this case, post harvest, mowing has been done on tree line only and inter row will be allowed to bulk up.


Alternate row mowing in young crop


Inter-row management to aid beneficial arthropods and improve soil health

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