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Enlist Pollinators, Predator Insects to Help Fight Pests in No-Tilled Crops

‘Extending the bloom’ with buffer zones, cover crops and native prairie grass strips helps nurture the symbiotic relationship between insects, soils and flowering plants.


Pictured Above: SCENTED STRIPS. In Montana, large producers of various small grains, including wheat, are using Xerces-designed seed mixes to create beneficial insect habitats

In an age of surface-applied insecticides and seed treatments, the importance of beneficial insects and natural pollinators to a thriving agricultural ecosystem can easily be overlooked.

After all, the most essential staple food crops on the planet, like corn, soybeans, wheat, rice and sorghum, are self-pollinating. And the role of insects…

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Mark McNeely

Mark McNeely is the former managing editor of No-Till Farmer and Conservation Tillage Guide magazines. His previous experience includes 25 years in industrial engine journalism and marketing. Mark holds an M.A. in journalism from the University of Wisconsin.

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