Steps to Prevent Agricultural Pests and Diseases
The number one concern in growing crops is the maintenance of pests and diseases.
This is the reason why crop protection methods are continuously evolving over time. On the other hand, there are practices that you can do that will significantly prevent the build-up of pests and diseases. Continue reading for some steps in preventing pests and diseases among your plants.
Clear your garden or field.
Don’t leave decaying vegetation or plant debris lying around your garden or field.
This provides the perfect place for plant pests and diseases to thrive in. Also,after harvest or during transitions between growing seasons, make sure to clear your field of any unwanted debris. You may want to have proper composting environment placed nearby.
Make sure that all your tools and containers are properly disinfected.
Plant disease can be highly contagious from plant to plant. Using the same tools, containers and even human hands can transfer disease-carrying organisms from a sick plant to a healthy plant. To avoid this from happening, you need to be careful in cleaning and disinfecting everything that you use when handling plants.
Watch out for infested plants.
If you have spotted infested plants in the lot, be keen in treating them as well as the plants near them. You may want to isolate the infested plants while being treated. Assess the condition of these sick plants. If needed, these plants should be removed rather than risk the other healthy plants to be infested as well.
Apply crop protection products.
There are so many products in the market that can effectively protect your plants. Make sure to choose the right product for your plants. Be sure to read the labels to effectively use these products. Many choose safe and effective organic products for their crops.