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30 July 2019
Agricology Field Day: Talking diverse pastures
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14 August 2019
Agricology Field Day: IPM and biological control
. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and Biological Control - Norfolk
28 June 2019
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18 June 2019
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21 March 2019
In adversity, what are farmers doing to be more resilient?
Opportunities, barriers and constraints in organic techniques helping to improve the sustainability of conventional farming
Impacts of organic silvoarable systems on pest and disease distribution – Sheepdrove Organic Farm, Berkshire
Contract period:1 March 2010 to 28 August 2010
Main funder:University of Reading/ORC
Contact staff at ORC:Dr. Jo Smith
Project aimsTom Pinkham, an MSc student from University of Reading, worked with us on his research thesis to investigate the influence of tree rows on an ecosystem service - pest and disease control. He measured the influence of tree/hedgerow strips on microclimate and soil characteristics at various distances from the tree rows into the middle of the crop alleys, and in a neighbouring open field. Assessments of major pests and/or diseases, and crop assessments, were carried out in the crop alleys and compared with levels in monocropped fields. Analyses identified higher air temperatures, moister soils, and lower wind speeds when compared to control system. Weed cover was 7% higher in the agroforestry system, and aphids and Ramularia were also higher in the agroforestry crop. However, there was no significant difference in crop damage levels between the agroforestry system and control field.