Swanhart_CultureControl - Modifications of a pest's...

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Modifications of a pest's environment or habitat prove to be effective methods of pest control. As a group, cultural control practices frequently involve variations of standard horticultural, sil- vicultural, or animal husbandry practices. These control tactics modify relationships between a pest population and its natural environment. Cultural control methods include properly selecting and rotating crops, sanitizing and solarizing the soil, choosing the best planting and harvest times, using resistant varieties and certified plants, taking advantage of allelopathy, and inter- cropping. Crop rotation is one of the oldest and most effective cultural control strategies. Growing a single crop year after year in the same field gives pest populations sufficient time to become es- tablished and build up to damaging levels. Rotating crops to a different area in the field can isolate pests form their food source, thus breaking this cycle by starving pests that cannot adapt to a different host plant. Farmers in the Midwest, for example, can reduce populations of wire-
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This note was uploaded on 12/16/2011 for the course IPM 3022 taught by Professor Cave during the Spring '11 term at University of Florida.

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