The swede midge has been the main pest of crucifers (cabbage family) in Québec since 2003. Its presence throughout the season, the difficulty of detecting the damage it causes, and its cryptic behaviour make controlling this pest very complicated. Organic producers currently rely on pest exclusion nets, which are expensive to use. It is important, therefore, to develop other effective ways of controlling this pest.
In conventional production, numerous insecticide sprays are sometimes required. The health and environmental risks associated with insecticide use and consumer demand for pesticide-free products are creating pressure to find other, less risky control methods.
From 2017 to 2018
Pest, weed, and disease control
In contrast to pesticide use, this method lowers health risks to humans and the environment.
University of Vermont | University of Guelph
Using a split-split-plot design, this study tested three variables: soil tillage, crop rotation in organic production, and fertilization with manure or compost.
Researcher: Caroline Côté
Project to quantify the long-term (60+ years) severity of erosion of organic horticultural soils.
This project aims to develop mass trapping strategies to keep damage caused by the striped cucumber beetle populations below the economic threshold, while minimizing the capture of pollinators and natural enemies.
Researcher: Annabelle Firlej