Intervene when control measures are needed
When pests threaten to destroy food and livelihoods, the Crop Protectors use a variety of techniques to safely and sustainably control them.
Cultural, physical, biological and chemical control measures are all at a farmers’ disposal to ensure a healthy crop. Farmers are trained to use a combination of these measures to protect our food with minimal impact on the environment.
Here are some of the Intervention tools in a farmer’s Integrated Pest Management (IPM) toolbox:
Cultural and Physical Methods
Cultivating the soil with tractor uproots weeds, and removing infected plant debris from the field helps control the development of disease.
Introducing beneficial insects or predators; applying micro-organisms such as viruses, fungi and bacteria; and using pheromones to lure, trap and kill insects or interfere with their mating habits – all these practices selectively target and control pests.
Applying chemical crop protection products (pesticides) is an important tool for controlling pests when they reach damaging levels. Pesticides are biologically active chemicals that control a range of insect and vertebrate pests, diseases and weeds. These products are thoroughly tested for safety, and farmers apply them carefully and in a way that protects natural resources and surrounding habitats.
Check back soon – we’ll be posting GIFs and infographics on Step 3: Intervene to Manage Pests. In the meantime, download our Integrated Pest Management brochure to learn more.