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  1. 1. FARMSCAPING TO ENHANCE BIOLOGICAL CONTROL PEST MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS GUIDE w w ATTRA is the national sustainable agriculture information center funded by the USDA’s Rural Business—Cooperative Rex Dufour Abstract: This publicationNCAT Agriculture Specialist contains information aboutDecember 2000 increasing and managing biodiversity on a farm to favor beneficial organisms, with emphasis on beneficial insects. The types of information farmscapers need to consider is outlined and emphasized. Appendices have information about various types and examples of successful “farmscaping” (manipulations of the agricultural ecosystem), plants that attract beneficials, pests and their predators, seed blends to attract beneficial insects, examples of farmscaping, hedgerow establishment and maintenance budgets, and a sample flowering Hedgerow of insectary plants at Fong Farms Ltd. period table. in Woodland, CA. CONTENTS Introduction .............................................. 2 Useful Contacts ...................................... 14 Farmscape Planning ................................. 2 Additional Reading ................................. 16 Other Considerations .............................. 4 Appendix A: Plants that Attract Beneficials Weather ..................................................... 4 Appendix B: Pests and Associated Beneficial Perennial vs. Annual ................................. 4 Insects Healthy Soil Ecology ................................ 5 Appendix C: Seed Blends, Plants and Sprays to Insectary Plant Characteristics ............ 5 Attract Beneficial Insects Mulches & Trap Crops ............................ 7 Appendix D: Examples of Farmscaping Farmscaping for Birds and Bats ............. 7 Appendix E: Hedgerow Installation and Bat Housing .............................................. 8 Maintenance Cost Estimates A Recap: Steps to Farmscaping .............. 9 Appendix F: Sample Flowering Period Chart Federal Cost Share Programs ................ 9 Appendix G: Farmscaping Practices Defined References ............................................... 13 ATTRA is a project of the National Center for Appropriate Technology
  2. 2. Introduction ○ ○ ○ ○ ○“Farmscaping” is a whole-farm, ecological knowledge and management skill on the partapproach to pest management. It can be of the grower than conventional pestdefined as the use of hedgerows, insectary management. The investment in knowledgeplants, cover crops, and water reservoirs to and management may yield such benefits as:attract and support populations of beneficialorganisms such as insects, bats, and birds of ♦ A reduction in pesticide useprey. ♦ Savings in pesticide costs ♦ Reduced risk of chemical residues on farmIn some respects, beneficial organisms should productsbe considered—and managed as—mini- ♦ A safer farm environment and more on-livestock. The larger varieties of livestock farm wildlife.are healthier and reproduce morereadily when provided anadequate and nutritious diet.Likewise, “mini-livestock” Beneficial insects should be viewed as mini-require adequate supplies of livestock. They will be healthier, reproduce morenectar, pollen, and readily, and be more effective biocontrols whenherbivorous insects and mites provided habitat with an adequate and easilyas food to sustain and available diet of nectar, pollen, and herbivorousincrease their populations. insects and mites.The best source of thesefoods is flowering plants. However, farmscaping is not a magical cure forFlowering plants are particularly important to pest problems. It is simply an ecologicaladults of the wasp and fly families, which approach to pest management that can be anrequire nectar and pollen sources in order to integral component of a biointensive integratedreproduce the immature larval stages that pest management (IPM) program.parasitize or prey on insect pests. The use of farmscaping to increase beneficialHowever, using a random selection of organism habitat must be understood andflowering plants to increase the biodiversity of practiced within the context of overall farma farm may favor pest populations over management goals. For example, whenbeneficial organisms. It is important to identify considering planting a perennial hedgerow thethose plants, planting situations, and producer should evaluate the various costs andmanagement practices that best support benefits likely to be associated with apopulations of beneficial organisms. hedgerow. Growers with farmscaping experience will likely be the best source for thisFarmscaping, like other components of kind of information.sustainable agriculture, requires moreFarmscape Planning ○ ○ ○ ○ ○There are probably as many approaches to ♦ The farmer can modify the system afterfarmscaping as there are farmers. Some observing the results.growers, after observing a cover cropharboring beneficial insects, plant strips of it in Problems arise when the beneficial insector around their crop fields. The advantages of habitat, unbeknownst to the grower, alsothis kind of approach are: harbors pest species. (For a more detailed♦ It is simple to implement discussion of this topic, visit: http://♦ It is often very effective ATTRA// Farmscaping to Enhance Biological Control Page 2
  3. 3. general/htms/cvercrop.htm). In other ! What are the primary food sources,instances the beneficials may not exist in habitat, and other ecologicalnumbers sufficient to control pest populations requirements of both pests andduring the time when pest populations beneficials? (Where does the pest infestgenerally increase. Predator/prey population the field from, how is it attracted to thebalances are influenced by the timing of crop, and how does it develop in theavailability of nectar, pollen and alternate crop? Where do the beneficials comeprey/hosts for the beneficials. Therefore, there from, how are they attracted to theis a strong argument to be made for having crop, and how do they develop in theyear-round beneficial organism habitat and crop?)food sources. The “beneficial habitat season”may be extended by adding plants that bloom 2. Timingsequentially throughout the growing season orthe whole year. ! When do pest populations generally first appear and when do these populations become economically When Do They Bloom? damaging? The ATTRA Phenology Resource List ! When do the most important predators provides additional resources about and parasites of the pest appear? time-of-bloom at: ! When do food sources (nectar, pollen, alternate hosts, and prey) for beneficials first appear? How long do they last? A sample blooming chart for California plants can be found in Appendix F. ! What native annuals and perennials can provide habitat?When contemplating farmscaping, 3. Identification of Strategiesconsideration should be given to the cost ofdeveloping beneficial habitat and maintenance ! Reduction of pest habitat (i.e., reduce/of the habitat as well as the cost of any land alter overwintering pest sites, orthat might be taken out of production. In any reduce/alter locations from which pestcase, a more systematic, research-oriented invades.)approach to farmscaping can often help thegrower avoid mistakes and develop desirable ! Augmentation of beneficial habitathabitats that match the needs of the beneficial (insectary establishment; consider bothorganisms as well as the pest management perennial options—permanentneeds of the farm. plantings such as hedgerows—and annual options.)The following are key considerations incrafting a farmscaping plan: ! Trap Crops—planted specifically to be more attractive to the pest than is the1. Ecology of Pests and Beneficials crop to be harvested. This is due to the timing of the appearance of the trap ! What are the most important crop or the fact that it is physiologically (economic) pests that require more attractive to the insect. (Please see management? appendices D and G for descriptions of planting systems that can be used in ! What are the most important predators farmscaping.) and parasites of the pest? ATTRA// Farmscaping to Enhance Biological Control Page 3
  4. 4. 4. Insectary Establishment Resources ! Seed and plant sources For information about crop ! Cost of ground preparation, planting pests, their parasites and and maintenance (irrigation, predators, and the ecological weeding, etc.) for: requirements of both, contact ♦ at least one year following your local county extension establishment of perennials service (under county listings in the phone book) or ♦ needed number of plantings per state Cooperative Extension Service (CES): season of beneficial habitat (remember that many annuals provide pollen or nectar for only a Biological Control: A Guide to Natural Enemies of few weeks during the cropping North America: season, so that either relay plantings or plant species mixes may be needed for beneficial habitat.) To receive a free copy of Suppliers of Beneficial Organisms of North America, call the California EPA’s ! Equipment needs (Cost estimates for Department of Pesticide Regulation: installation and first-year (916) 324-4100 or download from: maintenance of a typical hedgerow in California are given in Appendix E.)Other Considerations ○ ○ ○ ○ ○WeatherWeather variations from year to year may ♦ CCs should not harbor important orchardcause a particular management practice to be pestsbeneficial one year and problematic the next. A ♦ CCs should have some ability to divertflexible approach is needed in order to adjust generalist pests from the orchard cropbeneficial habitat according to weather ♦ CCs should confuse specialist pests visuallyvariations. An observant eye is the grower’s or olfactorily (by smell) and thus reducemost valuable tool in this respect. their colonization of orchard trees ♦ CCs should be capable of altering host-Perennial vs. Annual plant nutrition (without negatively impacting the crop) and thereby reduceThe type of cropping system, perennial vs. pest successannual, is an important factor in farmscaping.Perennial systems such as orchards possess an ♦ CCs should reduce dust and thereby reduceinherent ecological stability derived from the spider mite outbreaksvariety of tree-based habitats, which are not ♦ CCs should change the microclimate andharvested or destroyed as in annual systems. thereby reduce pest successAdding a cover crop to an orchard can ♦ CCs should increase natural enemyincrease and complement the biodiversity of abundance or efficiency, thereby increasingthe system. biological control of arthropod pests.Ideally, cover crops (CCs) in orchard systems Studies of commercial pecan orchards inshould be selected and managed for the Oklahoma (2) and almond plantations infollowing attributes (1) : California (3) have demonstrated the efficacy ATTRA// Farmscaping to Enhance Biological Control Page 4
  5. 5. of managing cover crops for pest control in practices that work best for the unique soil andorchard systems. In all instances, this environmental conditions of a particular farmfarmscaping technique resulted in significant and crop.reductions in pesticide applications. As a first step, the producer should chooseAnnual cropping systems are much less stable plants that provide good habitat for the desiredthan perennial ones. Depending on the amount predators or parasites, and at the same time,of tillage involved, the ecology of annual do not harbor insects that are likely to becomesystems, both above and below ground, is pests. For example, subterranean cloverdramatically altered every year. To help anchor harbors many beneficials like big-eyed bugs,the ecology of an annual system, consider and also harbors relatively few Lygus species.planting “permanent” insectary strips or pests. Avoid aggressive, invasive plants andhedgerows in or along an annual crop field. those that may act as reservoirs for diseases that attack surrounding crops. (See box onThe idea of undisturbed beneficial habitat page 9 for more information about invasivedistributed at intervals in or around crop fields plants.)is a theme common to many farmscapingtechniques. Depending on the plant species, Cover crops that are good insectary plantsthese “perennial islands” provide food include buckwheat, sweet clover, faba beans,resources for beneficial organisms as well as vetch, red clover, white clover, mustards, andoverwintering sites from which crops can be cowpeas. Herbaceous plants that are goodcolonized in the spring. Kenny Haines, a insectary plants and which may be planted invegetable grower in North Carolina who strips include species in the carrotpractices farmscaping, notes that his insectary (Apiaceae=Umbelliferae), sunflowerstrips provide a “meetin’ place” for the (Asteraceae=Compositae), and mintbeneficials. Springtime environments of annual (Lamiaceae) families. (Refer to appendices A,cropping systems are characterized by B, and C for detailed information on pests,extremes of temperature, sunlight and beneficials, and seed blends for plants thathumidity—conditions in which colonization attract beneficials.)and survival of beneficials is unlikely withoutgood habitat nearby. For details on how some In many instances, floral structure is anfarmers (including Kenny Haines) incorporate important consideration. Beneficials with shorta “permanent” component into their annual mouthparts, such as the tiny parasitic wasps,fields, see Appendix D. find it easy to obtain nectar and pollinate plants in the parsley and sunflower familiesHealthy Soil Ecology because of the small, shallow flowers these species provide. Plants that possess extrafloralMany organisms, including pest insects nectaries (nectar sources outside the flower),associated with both perennial and annual such as faba beans, cowpeas, vetch, andcrops, spend part of their life cycle in the soil. several native ground covers, provideA diverse soil ecology maintained with regular beneficials with easy access to an importantadditions of organic matter helps to regulate food source in addition to the nectar andpopulations of both pest and beneficial pollen of their flowers.organisms (4, 5, 6). Recent work in Georgia investigated theInsectary Plants: Characteristics and importance of different food sources—Strategies extrafloral nectaries, honeydew (a liquid emitted by whiteflies, aphids, scales, andExperimentation is the key to finding a leafhoppers, composed of unused portions ofsuccessful combination of planting systems, plant sap as well as certain waste products ofground covers/mulches, and management the insects), sucrose, or no food sources—on ATTRA// Farmscaping to Enhance Biological Control Page 5
  6. 6. Microplitis croceipes, a parasitoid of the corn A study in California (8) revealed that beneficials inearworm in cotton (7). Important findings fact do feed on nectar and pollen provided byincluded: insectary plants, and will move up to 250 feet into adjacent crop lands. Further research is needed to♦ Retention of the wasp and parasitization determine the optimum spacing of insectaries rates were highest in cotton plots in which within a particular crop and ecosystem so that wasps were able to feed on extrafloral parasites spend most of their time controlling pests nectar. (as opposed to searching for food) and producers♦ Retention of the wasp and parasitization in know how much land insectaries will require and patches with honeydew was comparable to where they are patches without most effectively food—probably due to placed. the rapid decrease in Important characteristics of an ideal quality of honeydew as beneficial insect food source in the The appearance it dries, combined with field are high quality, high quantity of beneficials low quantity per site per site, high detectability and high should be timed and general low predictability of the food location. to coincide with detectability of this Nectar sources possess all these peak need for food by the parasitoid. qualities. biological control Honeydew is scattered of pests about randomly within associated with a field and on a plant. the main crop. Another way of looking at this is Extrafloral or floral nectaries, on the other that an insectary crop should grow and bloom at a hand, are always found at the same time that best meets the needs of beneficials for location on a particular plant, making it pollen, nectar, or alternate hosts. Strategies to easier for beneficials to locate this food prolong bloom include planting cover crops in source. strips on successive planting dates. Planting a mix♦ Important characteristics of an ideal food of plants, particularly perennials, that bloom in source in the field are high quality, high succession and that meet the habitat needs of quantity per site, high detectability, and desired beneficials is another farmscaping option. It high predictability of the food location. may be helpful to develop a diagram, such as the Nectar sources possess all these qualities. one below (from Appendix F), when planning habitat that will have something in flower year-To summarize this research, some species of round.parasitic wasps will stay in an area with nectarsources—either floral or extrafloral—and thisresults in a higher parasitization rate of host Com on N e m am G enus/ sp. Jan Feb M Apr M Jun Jul Aug Sep O Nov D ar ay ct ec W illow Salix spp.pests in that area. This makes sense, because California lilac Ceanothus spp.the wasp can spend more time hunting for M fat ule Baccharis viminea Coffeeberry Rhanmus californicahosts and less time hunting for food. Many Hollyleaf cherry Prunus ilicifoliacrop plants do not provide sufficient food for Yarrow* Achillea millefolium Silverlace vine Polygonum aubertiihungry parasitoids. As a consequence, Toyon Heteromeles arbutifoliaparasitoids will disperse from target areas in Golden sticky monkeyflow Mimulus guttatus er Elderberry Sambucus mexicanasearch for food. After feeding, parasitoids California buckw heat** Eriogonum fasciculatummay not return to original target areas, Deergrass Muhlenbergia rigens Creeping boobialla Myoporum parvifoliumespecially when the distance between food California fuchsia Zauschneria californicaand host locations is too great or when the Narrow M eed leaf ilkw Asclepias fascicularis St. Catherines lace Eriogonum giganteumfood locations also harbor hosts (7). Because Coyote bush Baccharis pilularisnectar sources are so important to manybeneficials, non-invasive plants with floral orextrafloral nectaries might be considered prime Source: Kimball and Lamb, 1999. (See p. 36)candidates for use in farmscaping. ATTRA// Farmscaping to Enhance Biological Control Page 6
  7. 7. The migration of certain species of beneficials benefit from mulches (or a habitat that mimicsfrom the cover crop(s) to the main crop is some of the effects of mulches, such as thatsometimes associated with senescence (or post- found in “no-till” fields). Much of the benefitbloom period) of the cover crop. In these lies in the fact that mulches provideinstances, mowing the cover crops in alternate overwintering habitat for these organisms in astrips may facilitate their movement while the moderated microclimate (9).remaining strips continue to provide refuge forother beneficial species. Sickle-bar mowers are Trap Cropsless disruptive to beneficials than flail mowersand rotary mowers. A related strategy in farmscaping is the selection of plants that attract pests. TheseMulches “trap crops” can then be plowed down or managed in some fashion that takes advantageAlthough this publication generally focuses on of a vulnerable stage in the crop pest life habitat, clearly some beneficial See Appendix D for examples of farmers usingorganisms, such as spiders and ground beetles, trap crops.Farmscaping for Birds and Bats ○ ○ ○ ○ ○Birds and bats are important insect predators, Bird Species Comments (10, 12, 13)particularly during the spring when they are Nest boxes should be located 5–6’ aboveraising young. Their activities complement Bluebird the ground—best facing a tree or artificialeach other. Birds are generally active during perch. Place multiple houses 30 yardsthe day and feed on caterpillars and other apart to allow individual birds to establishinsects, while bats feed during dusk and into territories. The opening should be 1.5” inthe night on mosquitoes, moths, and other diameter.nocturnal insects. Feed mostly in hedgerows and wooded Chickadees borders. Nest boxes best located near orBirds and bats are both amenable to living in in trees, hedgerow, etc., 5–15’ above theartificial shelters—free-standing or attached to ground. Will overwinter.a building. This could be a slightly modified Feed on insects on ground and plants.structural component of a building, such as Wrens Locate nest box close to stick piles andnest shelves along eaves for barn swallows (10) garden. Generally a summer resident only. Opening should be .75” in diameteror a spaced board attached to a beam for bat Barn Swallow Attracted by nest shelves under eaves orhabitat. Bats, frequently found in man-made other structures. Beware of droppings.structures, prefer places that are warm, dry, Opening should be 1.5” in diameterand protected from disturbance (11). Robin Common insectivore, but consumes small fruits and cherries.Both birds and bats will benefit from having a Common insectivore, but will eat smallsmall pond or body of water on the property or Starling fruit and hollow out large fruit (apples).nearby. Bats require a watering area ideally 10 May forage in large flocks.feet long, as they drink “on the fly.” Birds willbe content with birdbath-size and larger water Bats not only eat insects that are a nuisance tobodies. humans (a small brown bat can devour up to 600 mosquitoes in an hour), but can provideOne difficulty in farmscaping for birds is that significant agricultural pest control services. Insome birds’ diets change from insects to seeds one season, a typical colony of about 150 big(or to fruit) after they have finished rearing brown bats in the Midwest eats 50,000their young. The following table lists some bird leafhoppers, 38,000 cucumber beetles, 16,000species that may be considered for farmscaping June bugs, and 19,000 stink bugs (11)—not toefforts. mention thousands of moths such as adult cornborers, earworms, and cutworms. ATTRA// Farmscaping to Enhance Biological Control Page 7
  8. 8. Considerations when locating a bat house (11): ♦ Any place that already has bats is best, particularly agricultural areas (vs. urban areas) due to insect abundance and habitat variety. ♦ Place the bat house near water—within a quarter mile is ideal. ♦ Place it near some sort of protective cover like a grove of trees—don’t place houses in a grove of trees, but 20–25 ft. away due to predator concerns, and at least 10 ft. above the ground. ♦ Don’t place bat houses near barn owl boxes—the barn owl is a bat predator. Place the two types of boxes a fair distance fromBat Housing each other facing in opposite directions.The easiest way to construct bat housing is to ♦ Do not mount bat houses on metal buildingssimply add a sheet of plywood to a barn or (too hot for bats) or in locations exposed tohouse wall with ¾” spacers between the sheet bright lights.and wall. Placing the long axis of the plywood ♦ In California, bat houses in barns and on thevertically will allow for greater temperature north and west sides of buildings have hadvariation in the bat space. (See pages 13–14 for the greatest rate of occupancy. This maycontacts who know about bat habitat and not be true for locations in other parts of thehousing.) country. ♦ Paint the exterior with three coats ofOther construction considerations include (11): outdoor paint. Available observations suggest that the color should be black where♦ Use exterior-grade plywood with exterior- average high temperatures in July are 80– grade staples and bolts. 85° F, dark colors (such as dark brown or♦ Minimum bat house dimensions are 32” gray) where they are 85–95° F, medium or tall, 14” wide, with 3–6” landing pad light colors where they are 95–100° F, and below the opening. white where they exceed 100° F. Much depends upon amount of sun exposure;♦ Provide 1–4 roosting chambers, spaced at adjust to darker colors for less sun. (14) ¾”. Landing pad and roosting chamber should be roughened or have a durable textured surface for the bats to grasp—no sharp points to tear bat wings! For further information about bats and bat houses, contact:♦ Front and side venting should be Bat Conservation International appropriate for local climate. P.O. Box 162603, Austin, TX 78716♦ All seams should be caulked to avoid leaks. (512) 327-9721♦ Treating bat houses with diluted bat guano or allowing some weathering of a new bat house may help attract new “renters”. or contact, Rachael Freeman Long Yolo County Farm Advisor UC Cooperative Extension (530) 666-8143 ATTRA// Farmscaping to Enhance Biological Control Page 8
  9. 9. A Recap: Steps to Farmscaping ○ ○ ○ ○ ○Habitat enhancement for beneficial organisms harvesting time and methods, etc. Beware ofcan provide the foundation for a biologically aggressive insectary or hedgerow plants.intensive Integrated Pest Management (IPM)program. The steps presented below may help 4. Select those tools listed in #3 that best fitwhen attempting to increase the “directed into your cropping system, rotation,diversity” of an agricultural ecosystem: equipment, and labor availability. Remember, permanent plantings will require maintenance1. Keep good records of where, when, and during the first few years after planting. (Seewhat pests occur on the farm. Appendix E for a general cost table.)2. Obtain as much information as you can 5. Experiment, observe the results, fine tuneabout both the pest’s and the beneficial the system, and experiment again. Tryorganism’s life cycle and habitat requirements. something new—a variation on somethingWhere are eggs laid and when do they hatch? that’s already being done.Where does the pest/beneficial feed and howlong does it need to develop into an adult? 6. Start simple and small, then develop theWhere does the pest/beneficial overwinter and farmscaping as experience and observationsin what form? This information will not only dictate.aid in farmscaping, but will also aidpest management. The Nature Conservancy runs a website3. Make a list of tools that are that has a comprehensive list of invasiveavailable to create a friendlier plants using both scientific and commonhabitat for the beneficials (or a names. Pictures as well as tips formore unfriendly habitat for pests). managing the plants are also included:This may include variouscombinations of: insectary plants, rotations, hedge rows,intercropping schemes, planting orFederal Cost Share Programs for Habitat Development ○ ○ ○ ○ ○USDA/NRCSConservation Reserve Program (CRP) the “new” CRP, erosion control remains renew for an additional 5 years) and develop aa top priority, but now water quality and conservation plan that takes certain acres outwildlife habitat improvement are also of production. In return, the farmer receivesemphasized. Continuous sign-up is available annual rental payments on the land from theto farmers implementing special projects such government, up to $50,000 per person peras filter strips, riparian buffer strips, year. Participating farmers can also apply forwindbreaks, and wildlife habitat plantings 50% cost share on implementation of(hedgerows could be included in these conservation practices agreed to in thecategories). Participating farmers must sign up conservation program (15). For morefor a minimum of 10 years (with an option to information, contact your local Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office. ATTRA// Farmscaping to Enhance Biological Control Page 9
  10. 10. Environmental Quality Incentive of a larger conservation plan that addressesProgram (EQIP) other resource needs such as water quality and soil erosion.NRCSProg.html#Anchor-Environmental Wetlands Reserve ProgramThis program supports implementation of plans that include structural,, and land management practices oneligible land. Five- to ten-year contracts are For additional information about the Wetlandsmade with eligible producers. Cost-share Reserve Program, which may have somepayments (up to 75%, $10,000 maximum/year, applicability to farmscaping, please visit the$50,000 maximum/contract), may be made to website or call your local NRCS office.implement one or more eligible structural orvegetative practices, such as animal wastemanagement facilities, terraces, filter strips, US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)tree planting, and permanent wildlife habitat.These plans are developed in cooperation with Partners for WildlifeNRCS and approved by the Farm Service County committee. Incentivepayments can be made to implement one or The Partners for Fish and Wildlife Programmore land management practices, such as (formerly named the Partners for Wildlifenutrient management, pest management, and program) is a proactive, voluntary program ofgrazing land management. For more informa- the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service that providestion, contact your local Natural Resources technical and financial assistance to privateConservation Service (NRCS) office. (non-federal) landowners to voluntarily restore wetlands and other fish and wildlife habitatsWildlife Habitat Incentive Program on their land. The program emphasizes the(WHIP) reestablishment of native vegetation and ecological communities for the benefit of fishFB96OPA/WhipFact.html and wildlife in concert with the needs and desires of private landowners. The Service alsoSimilar in many ways to the EQIP program, enlists the assistance of a wide variety of otherWHIP is a voluntary program for people who partners to help restore wildlife habitat onwant to develop and improve wildlife habitat private lands. These partners include otherprimarily on private lands. NRCS offers both federal agencies, tribes, state and localtechnical assistance and cost-share payments governments, conservation organizations,to help establish and improve fish and wildlife academic institutions, businesses andhabitat. The cost-share agreement generally industries, school groups, and privatelasts from 5 to 10 years from the date the individuals.agreement is signed. NRCS will pay up to 75percent of the cost of installing the wildlife The USFWS provides financial and technicalhabitat practices as long as NRCS or its agent assistance to private landowners throughhas access to monitor the effectiveness of the voluntary cooperative agreements.practices. NRCS helps participants prepare a Landowners agree to maintain restorationwildlife habitat development plan in projects as specified in the agreement, butconsultation with the local conservation retain full control of the land. Depending ondistrict. The plan describes the landowner’s the project, landowners can apply for costgoals for improving wildlife habitat, includes a share on up to 50% of the expense oflist of practices and a schedule for installing implementing the plan. Landowners andthem, and details the steps necessary to national, state, and local organizations canmaintain the habitat for the life of the serve as partners with the USFWS in carryingagreement. This plan may or may not be part out restoration work on private lands. ATTRA// Farmscaping to Enhance Biological Control Page 10
  11. 11. This pending draft legislation, being considered for passage in 2001, may have significantopportunities for farms to implement sustainable practices in the future. Due to the nature of thislegislation, we felt it important to include draft language of the legislation in this document to providesustainable agriculture practitioners with information about a possible future resource. Conservation Security Act 2000Summary: The Conservation Security Act (CSA) of 2000 provides financial assistance to help farmers andranchers find viable solutions to agricultural, environmental, and economic concerns. The CSA rewardsproducers for good stewardship in appreciation of the many nonmarket environmental and social benefits thatthese practices provide society. The Act balances federal funding for conservation on working lands withexisting funding for land retirement, providing farmers access to payments for whole-farm resource planning.Conservation Purposes: The Conservation Security Program (CSP) created by the CSA addresses the fullrange of conservation concerns related to agriculture, including:" conservation of soil, water, energy, and other related resources" soil, water, and air quality protection and improvement" on-farm conservation and regeneration of plant germplasm" wetland and wildlife habitat restoration, conservation, and enhancement" greenhouse gas emissions reduction and carbon sequestration" and other similar conservation goalsParticipation: Participation in the program stipulates that land practices must achieve resource andenvironmental benefits, but does not require the removal of land from production. Practices do not need to benewly introduced to the farm/ranch; producers can be rewarded for good stewardship practices implementedprior to enrollment in the CSP. Participants are responsible for developing conservation security plans thatidentify targeted resources, practices, and implementation schedules. Participants are granted maximumflexibility for choosing land management, vegetative, and structural practices suitable for individual farms. Incertain instances, the plan may include an on-farm research or demonstration component.Tiers: Participants have the choice of enrolling in one of three tiers:" Tier I participants address priority resource concerns on all or part of their farms/ranches. Practices may include soil and residue management, nutrient management, pest management, irrigation management, grazing management, wildlife habitat management, contour farming, strip cropping, cover cropping, and related practices." Tier II participants address priority resource concerns on the whole farm/ranch and meet applicable resource management system criteria. Tier II practices entail adoption of land use adjustment practices such as resource-conserving crop rotations, rotational grazing, conversion to soil-conserving practices, installing conservation buffer practices, restoration of wildlife habitats, prairies, and/or wetlands, and other related practices." Tier III participants satisfy the requirements of tiers I and II, while integrating land use practices into a whole-farm, total-resource approach that fosters long-term sustainability of the resource base.Payment and Eligibility: Payments are based on the natural resource and environmental benefits expectedfrom plan implementation, the number and timing of management practices established, income forgone due toland use adjustments, costs related to on-farm research, and several other factors. Bonuses are also offered tobeginning farmers, joint participation by operators within a small watershed, and plans that optimize carbonsequestration and minimizes greenhouse gas emissions. Payments may not exceed $20,000, $35,000, and$50,000 for Tier I, II, and III contracts, respectively.Funding: The program is funded out of the Commodity Credit Corporation and all eligible producers willreceive contract payments for the requisite number of years. CCC funding is also provided for technicalassistance, education and outreach, and monitoring and evaluation. ATTRA// Farmscaping to Enhance Biological Control Page 11
  12. 12. Summary ○ ○ ○ ○ ○The goal of farmscaping is to prevent pest monitor pest and beneficial populations so thatpopulations from becoming economically quick action can be taken if beneficials are notdamaging. This is accomplished primarily by able to keep pest populations in check.providing habitat to beneficial organisms that Measures such as maintaining healthy soilsincrease ecological pressures against pest and rotating crops are complementary topopulations. Farmscaping requires a greater farmscaping and should be integrated withinvestment in knowledge, observation, and farmscaping efforts. Biointensive Integratedmanagement skill than conventional pest Pest Management (IPM) measures, such as themanagement tactics, while returning multiple release of commercially-reared beneficialsbenefits to a farm’s ecology and economy. (applied biological control) and the applicationHowever, farmscaping alone may not provide of “soft” pesticides (soaps, oils, botanicals) canadequate pest control. It is important to be used to augment farmscaping efforts. Help us to better help farmers. If you have suggestions for improvements in this publication, areas about which you’d like more information or detail, ideas, case studies, or sources of good farmscaping information (articles or websites), please call Rex Dufour at 1-800-346-9140, or email at Please fill out the feedback form on the back page of this publication. Thank you! ATTRA// Farmscaping to Enhance Biological Control Page 12
  13. 13. References:1) Bugg, R.L. and C. Waddington. 1994. 9) Riechert, S.E. 1998. The role of spiders Managing cover crops to manage and their conservation in the arthropod pests of orchards. agroecosystem. In: Pickett, C.H. and Agricultural Ecosystems & R.L. Bugg (eds). 1998. Enhancing Environment. Vol. 50. p. 11–28. Biological Control: Habitat Management to Promote Natural2) Bugg, R.L., M. Sarrantonio, J.D. Enemies of Agricultural Pests. Dutcher, and S.C. Phatak. 1991. University of California Press, Berkeley, Understory cover crops in pecan CA. orchards: Possible management systems. American Journal of 10) Thalmann, Dan. 2000. Attract a pest- Alternative Agriculture. p. 50–62 control air force. Growing for Market. Vol. 9, No. 3. March. p. 11–13.3) Anonymous. 1995. Bios: a growing success. Farmer to Farmer. May–June. 11) Long, R.F. 1999. Use of bats to enhance p. 8–9 insect pest control. p. 67–70. In: Bring Farm Edges Back to Life! Yolo County4) Akhtar, Mohammad and M.M. Alam. Resource Conservation District, 1993. Utilization of waste materials in Woodland, CA. 105 p. nematode control: A review. Bioresource Technology. Vol. 45. 12) Duval, Jean, S. Sobkowiak. 1995. Birds p. 1–7. and bats: The orchard pest patrol. Sustainable Farming, Vol. 6 No. 1.5) Trankner, Andreas. 1992. Use of p. 6, 7. agricultural and municipal organic wastes to develop suppressiveness to 13) Brittingham, M.C. 1992. Controlling plant pathogens. p. 35–42. In: E.S. birds on fruit crops. Northland Berry Tjamos (ed.) Biological Control of News. September. Vol. 6, No. 3. p. 7, 8. Diseases. NATO ASI Series, Vol. 230, Plenum Press, New York, NY 14) Bat Conservation International Website. 20006) Hoitink, Harry A.J. and Peter C. Fahy. 1986. Basis for the control of soilborne bhcriter.html plant pathogens with composts. Annual Review of Phytopathology. 15) Robins, P. 1999. Cost share programs Vol. 24. p. 93–114. for resource conservation and wildlife habitat development. p. 89–91. In:7) Stapel, J.O. and A.M. Cortesero. 1997. Bring Farm Edges Back to Life! Yolo Importance of nectar sources for adult County Resource Conservation District, parasitoids in biological control Woodland, CA. 105 p. programs. Midwest Biological Control News. May. p. 1, 7.8) Long, R.F., A. Corbett, C. Lamb, C. Reberg-Horton, J. Chandler, M. Stimmann. 1998. Beneficial insects move from flowering plants to nearby crops. California Agriculture, September-October. p. 23–26. ATTRA// Farmscaping to Enhance Biological Control Page 13
  14. 14. Useful Contacts for Farmscaping Information ○ ○ ○ ○ ○Central Coast Wilds specializes in farmscape Dr. Sharad Phatakplanning, installation, and management. They University of Georgiaprovide information and native plants in order Coastal Plain Experiment Stationto meet several farm system goals: P.O. Box 748 Tifton, GA 31793♦ beneficial insect habitat (912) 386-3901♦ wind break♦ erosion control♦ riparian stabilization Both Dr. Phatak and Dr. Dutcher have done extensive research into biological control, and♦ non-point source water pollution reduction the Coastal Plain Experiment Station is a center of innovative research in this area. Diane Mathews Gehringer 2774 Silver Creek Rd. Dr. Robert Bugg Kutztown, PA 19530 Cover Crops/Restoration Ecology (610) 285-4317 UC-Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education Program (SAREP) Ms. Gehringer, formerly with the Rodale Davis, CA 95616 Institute, is knowledgeable about biological (530) 754-8549 control. rlbugg@ucdavis.eduDr. Bugg works with the Biologically Inte-grated Orchard Systems (BIOS) project and is Bat Habitatknowledgeable about beneficial insects associ-ated with various cover crops. Rachael Long Farm Advisor W.E. Chaney UC-Cooperative Extension Farm Advisor, Entomology/vegetable 70 Cottonwood St. crops Woodland, CA 95695 UC-Cooperative Extension (530) 666-8143 1432 Abbot St. Salinas, CA 93901 Jim Kennedy (831) 759-7359 Bat Conservation International FAX: (831) 758-3018 P.O. Box 162603 Austin, TX 78716 (512) 327-9721Bill Chaney has done work on enhancingbiological control of aphids through the use of Dr. Steve Crossinsectary plants grown in fields of vegetables. Southern Oregon State College 1250 Siskiyou Blvd. Dr. James Dutcher Ashland, OR 97520-5071 University of Georgia (541) 552-6749 Coastal Plain Experiment Station P.O. Box 748 Tifton, GA 31793 (912) 386-3374 ATTRA// Farmscaping to Enhance Biological Control Page 14
  15. 15. Bat Houses Bruce Wight National Windbreak Forester Natural Insect Control USDA Natural Resources Conservation R.R. #2 Service (NRCS) Stevensville, Ontario Federal Building Canada LOS ISO 100 Centennial Mall North (905) 382-2904 Lincoln, NE 68508-3866 FAX: (905) 382-4418 (402) 437-5178 ext. 36 Peaceful Valley Farm Supply P.O. Box 2209 #P Grass Valley, CA 95945 The folks at USDA’s National Agroforestry (530) 272-4769 Center have technical information about the benefits, planting, maintenance, and impact on The Green Spot wildlife of windbreaks, hedgerows, Dept. of Bio-Ingenuity snowfences. 93 Priest Rd. Nottingham, NH 03290 Useful Websites ○ ○ ○ ○ ○ (603) 942-8925 FAX: (603) 942-8932 Biological Control: A Guide to Natural En- emies of North America Danny Smith P. O. Box 703 La Porte, Tx. 77572-0703 biocontrol/ This site, Biological Control: A Guide to Natural FAX: (281) 471-6477 Enemies of North America provides photographs and descriptions of over 100 biological control wildlife.htm (or biocontrol) agents of insect, disease, and weed pests in North America. It is also a tutorial on the concept and practice of biologi-Seed Suppliers cal control and integrated pest managementSee Appendix C (IPM). Excellent photos and lifecycle descrip- tions supplemented with diagrams. Insect Parasitic NematodesWindbreaks, Shelterbelts and Hedgerows Mary Kimble todes/ Yolo Country Resource Conservation This site has much useful information about District the use of insect parasitic nematodes: the 221 W. Court St., Ste. 1 biology and ecology of nematodes, how to use Woodland, CA 95695 nematodes, a list of suppliers, and more! An (530) 662-2037 ext. 3 extremely useful section provides full citation for research papers according to author, title,The Yolo County Conservation District is doing or abstract. Research papers can also besome excellent ongoing work concerning searched for according to Order and Family ofhedgerow establishment, plant selection, types target insect. To get to this section, click on:of beneficials attracted, and budgets for Search Publications⇒Keyword Search Pagehedgerow installation and maintenance. (just underneath the “author, title, abstract” search engine)⇒Insects. Then you may choose the Order and Family of your choice. ATTRA// Farmscaping to Enhance Biological Control Page 15
  16. 16. Useful Websites continued Additional Reading Articles:ATTRA’s Phenology Resource List Anonymous. 1994. Beneficial seed blends. Common Sense Pest Control. Spring. p. 18.phenology.htmlThis website has descriptions of dozens of Anonymous. 1994. How can you make bugswebsites that contain information about plant stay? Growing for Market. June. p. 1–2.phenology. Some sites are state or region-specific; other sites have information about Bachmann, Janet, et al. 1995. Habitatspecific groups of plants and when they flower enhancement for beneficial insects in vegetableat a particular location. and fruit farming systems. SARE/ACE Annual Report AS92-2. Southern Region. p. 87.SELECTV (selective) D-base on pesticideeffects on non-target arthropods Bugg, Robert L. 1990. Biological control of insect pests in sustainable agriculture. Components. UC Sustainable Agriculturebase/selctv/selctv.htm Research and Education Program. Vol. 1, No. 3. p. 5–9.The SELCTV (pronounced as “selective”) Bugg, Robert L. 1990. Farmscaping withdatabase was created in 1986/87 by Karen M. insectary plants. The Permaculture Activist.Theiling, then a research student working Summer. p. 1, 6–9.towards a Master’s thesis, under the supervi-sion of Professor Brian Croft in the Department Bugg, Robert. 1992. Using cover crops toof Entomology at Oregon State University, manage arthropods on truck farms.Corvallis. The database represents a relatively HortScience. Vol. 27, No. 7. p. 741–745.comprehensive compilation of the worldwidepublished literature describing pesticide effects Bugg, Robert. 1994. Using cover crops toon non-target arthropods (Theiling & Croft, manage arthropods of orchards: A review.1988) during the period from 1921 to 1985, Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment.with a small number of entries from publica- Vol. 50, No. 1. p. 11–28.tions dated between 1986 and 1994. Theprincipal database table contains approxi- Des Jardins, Michael. 1994. Making a homemately 12,500 data records, 99.7% of which for fly-by-night friends. Farmer to Farmer.originate from the pre-1986 literature. Each October. p. 12.record in the principal table represents onescreening of a pesticide on one natural enemy Dietrick, E.J., J.M. Phillips and J. Grossman.taxon under conditions described in the source 1995. Biological Control of Insect Pests Usingpublication. Pest Break Strips. Nature Farming Research and Development Foundation. Lompoc, CA. (booklet) Gilkeson, Jill, and Joel Grossman. 1991. The Organic Gardening guide to important beneficial insects and mites of North America. Organic Gardening. May-June. p. 46–56. ATTRA// Farmscaping to Enhance Biological Control Page 16
  17. 17. Additional Reading continuedKing, Shawn, and William Olkowski. 1991. This book provides detailed technical insightsFarmscaping and IPM. The IPM Practitioner. into habitat manipulation for biological control.October. p. 1–12. Each chapter is written by an expert about a particular aspect of habitat management (i.e.,Kite, Patricia. 1990. Attract these insects. The Role of Spiders and Their Conservation inOrganic Gardening. April. p. 71–72. the Agroecosystem, or, Within-field and Border Refugia for the Enhancement of NaturalPhatak, Sharad. 1992. An integrated Enemies). This volume is a must forsustainable vegetable production system. researchers in this field as well as a usefulHortScience. Vol. 27, No. 7. p. 738–741. reference for farmscaping practitioners.Pickett, C.H. and R.L. Bugg (eds.) 1998. For ordering information:Enhancing Biological Control: Habitat Univ. of California Press, CPFS,Management to Promote Natural Enemies of 1095 Essex St.Agricultural Pests. University of California Richmond, CA 94801Press. 422 p. (609) 883-1759 FAX: (609) 883-7413Platt, J.O., et al. 1999. Effect of buckwheat asa flowering border on populations of cucumber Bring Farm Edges Back to Life! How tobeetles and their natural enemies in cucumber Enhance Your Agriculture and Farmand squash. Crop Protection. Vol. 18. No. 5. Landscape with Proven ConservationJune. p. 305–313. Practices for Increasing the Wildlife Cover on Your Farm. 1999. 4th Edition.Poncavage, Joanna. 1991. Beneficial borders. Yolo County Resource Conservation District,Organic Gardening. May-June. p. 42–45. Woodland, CA. 105 p.Pottinger, Lori. 1994. Improve your pest- This is a great resource for farmers and landcontrol batting average. Farmer to Farmer. managers, though a fair amount of theDecember. p. 5. information is specific to the Lower Sacramento Valley. Contains much usefulPottinger, Lori. 1994. Take a walk on the wild information about establishing habitat forside. Farmer to Farmer. October. p. 6–7. wildlife—from hedgerows and native perennial grass stands to riparian enhancement andProkopy, Ronald J. 1994. Integration in tailwater ponds. Also includes informationorchard pest and habitat management: A nuggets on how to attract beneficial insects,review. Agriculture, Ecosystems and birds and bats, planting techniques and weedEnvironment. August. p. 1–10. control, and cost share programs (Federal, State (CA) and local) for habitat enhancement.Farmscaping Books: To order: Send $18/copy (includes postage and handling) with check payable to “Yolo County RCD” to:Pickett, C.H. and R.L. Bugg (eds.). 1998. Yolo County RCDEnhancing Biological Control: Habitat 221 West Court St., Ste. 1Management to Promote Natural Woodland, CA 95695Enemies of Agricultural Pests. Universityof California Press, Berkeley, CA. 422 p. ATTRA// Farmscaping to Enhance Biological Control Page 17
  18. 18. Additional Reading continued Flint, M.L. and S.H. Dreistadt. 1998. NaturalA Whole-Farm Approach to Managing Pests. Enemies Handbook. The Illustrated Guide to2000. Sustainable Agriculture Network. 20 p. Biological Pest Control. U.C. Press, Berkeley. 154 p.This bulletin from the Sustainable Agriculture This book is an illustrated guide to the identificationNetwork (SAN) outlines how to use ecological and biology of beneficial organisms including naturalprinciples to control pests on your farm. enemies of plant pathogens, nematodes, weeds, andContains successful strategies and a resource arthropods. Many excellent photos and informativelisting. diagrams and tables make this book a good reference for farmers, farm managers and students. This bookOrdering information: does not cover farmscaping. Sustainable Agriculture Network Ordering information: (301) 405-3186 (510) 642-2431, or (800) 994-8849 e-mail: pubs/ Website: http://danrcs.ucdavis.eduBiocontrol/IPM Books: Foster, R. and B. Flood. Vegetable Insect Management With Emphasis on the Midwest. 1995.Beers, E.H., J.F. Brunner, M.J. Willett and G.M. Meister Publishing Company, Willoughby, OH. 206 p.Warner (eds). 1993. Orchard PestManagement: A Resource Book for the The chapters of this well-formatted book are organizedPacific Northwest. Good Fruit Grower. according to vegetable crop and written by experts onYakima, WA. 276 p. that crop. The focus is on IPM and the charts, diagrams, drawings, and pictures all contribute to an“Orchard Pest Management is an outstanding exceptionally well-designed book that is easily readableresource book for growers, consultants, but dense with useful information. An excellentorchard managers, and those interested in the resource for midwestern vegetable growers and IPMlatest findings on integrated pest management practitioners.tactics, not only in the Pacific Northwest, butthroughout the United States. It explains in To Order: Unfortunately, Vegetable Insect Management isdetail the philosophy of IPM, and the tools and sold out.tactics needed to implement this management Contact:approach. All the information is presented in Meister Publishing Companyan easily readable style both the neophyte and 37733 Euclid Avenueexpert can follow. The book is comprehensive, Willoughby, OH 44094well written and organized, and amply (800) 572-7740illustrated with colorful photographs and FAX: (440) 942-0662excellent line drawings and graphics….” - Dr. e-mail: meisterpro_sales@meisternet.comLarry A. Hull, Professor of Entomology, Penn.State University. We agree.Ordering information: Washington State Fruit Commision 1005 Tieton Drive Yakima, WA 98902 (509) 575-2315 FAX: (509) 453-4880 ATTRA// Farmscaping to Enhance Biological Control Page 18
  19. 19. Additional Reading continued Crop RotationsHoffman, M.P., and A.C. Frodsham. 1993. Natural Reduce Pest HabitatEnemies of Vegetable Insect Pests. Cornell CooperativeExtension. 63 p. Beneficial Organism Habitat Interplant annual insectary strips Hedgerows for insects and wildlifeThis book focuses on the life cycle of natural enemies of Beneficial bird and bat habitatinsect pests. It includes a general discussion about each Cover crops as insectariesfamily of natural enemies, within which details areprovided about some species, including appearance and Minimal Use oflife cycle, pests attacked and relative effectiveness. With Chemical Pesticidesits diagrams and pictures, this book is a good reference foragricultural field workers. Above-Ground DiversityOrdering information: to Favor Beneficials Resource Center 7 Business/Technology Park Cornell University Pest and Disease Suppression Ithaca, NY 14850 (607) 255-2080 FAX: (607) 255-9946 e-mail: DIST_Center@CCE.Cornell.EDU Order code: 139NVP $14.95 postage includedMahr, Daniel L., and Nino M. Ridgeway. 1993.Biological Control of Insects and Mites: An Introductionto Beneficial Natural Enemies and their Use in PestManagement. North Central Region Publication No. 481.Cooperative ExtensionService, University of Wisconsin. 91 p.This book provides a good introduction to biologicalcontrol of insects and mites with a geographic focus on thenorth central U.S. A brief review of insect biology, types Healthy Soilof pests, and crop damage is followed by sections onnatural and artificial types of insect pest control. A third ofthe book, accompanied by good photos and diagrams, Enhanced below-ground diversityfocuses on the families of natural enemies that providebiological control of insects and mites. The remaining text Regular Additionsgives an overview of biological control techniques, with a of Organic Matterfocus on periodic release of natural enemies. Information Well-aged composton conservation of natural enemies is a bit thin, but overall Green manures and cover cropsa very good reference and overview of the subject. Crop RotationsTo order:Send $13.50/copy ($11 + $2.50 for shipping) with check Minimal Tillagepayable to “Extension Publications” to: (to conserve soil organic matter) University of Wisconsin Minimal use of chemical Cooperative Extension Publications 45 N. Charter St. fertilizers/pesticides Madison, WI 53715 ATTRA// Farmscaping to Enhance Biological Control Page 19
  20. 20. Appendix A Plants that Attract Beneficials (A1)Beneficial Pests How to attract/conserveAphid midge Aphid Dill, mustard, thyme, sweet clover;(Aphiodoletes Shelter garden from strong winds;aphidimyza) Provide water in a pan filled with gravel (A2).(Larvae are aphidpredators)Aphid parasites Aphid Nectar-rich plants with small flowers (anise, caraway, dill,(Aphidius matricariae parsley, mustard family, white clover, Queen Annes lace,and others) yarrow). Dont use yellow sticky traps (A2).Assassin bug Many insects, including Permanent plantings for shelter (e.g., hedgerows)(Reduviidae family) flies, tomato hornworm, large caterpillarsBigeyed Bugs Many insects, including Can build up in cool-season cover crops such as berseem other bugs, flea beetles, clover (Trifolium alexandrium) and subterranean clovers(Geocoris spp. of spider mites, insect eggs (Trifolium subterraneum). Can be found on common knotweedLygaeid Family) and small caterpillars. (Polygonum aviculare) as well (A11). Will also eat seeds (A12).(lines represent actual size)Braconid wasp Armyworm, Nectar plants with small flowers (caraway, dill, parsley, Queen(Braconidae family) cabbageworm, codling Annes lace, fennel, mustard, white clover, tansy, yarrow), moth, gypsy moth, sunflower, hairy vetch, buckwheat, cowpea, common European corn borer, knotweed, crocuses, spearmint (A2, A3, A4, A6). beetle larvae, flies, aphid, caterpillars, other insectsDamsel bug Aphid, thrips, leafhopper, Anything in the sunflower family as well as goldenrod,(Nabidae family) treehopper, small yarrow, alfalfa. caterpillarsGround beetle Slug, snail, cutworm, Permanent plantings, amaranth; white clover in orchards,(Carabidae family) cabbage-root maggot; mulching. some prey on Colorado potato beetle, gypsy moth and tent caterpillar ATTRA// Farmscaping to Enhance Biological Control Page 20
  21. 21. Appendix A Plants that Attract Beneficials (A1) continuedBeneficial Pests How to attract/conserveLacewing, Neuroptera Soft-bodied insects Carrot family (caraway, Queen Annes lace, tansy, dill,Family including aphid, thrips, angelica), sunflower family (coreopsis, cosmos, sunflowers,(Chrysoperla and mealybug, scale, dandelion, goldenrod), buckwheat, corn, holly leaf cherryChrysopa spp.) caterpillars, mite (Prunus ilicifolia), flowering bottle tree (Brachychiton populneum), soapbark tree (Quillaja saponaria). Provide water during dry spells (A2, A3, A4, A6, A7).Top: adult; Middle:larva; Bottom: eggs(lines represent actual size)After Extension Service 4-HHandbookLadybird beetle or Aphid, mealybug, spider Once aphids leave a crop, lady beetles will also. To retainladybug (Hippodamia mite, soft scales active lady beetles , maintain cover crops or other hosts ofspp. and others) aphids or alternate prey (A11). Carrot family (fennel, angelica, dill, tansy, bishops weed (Ammi), Queen Annes lace), sunflower family (goldenrod, coreopsis, cosmos, golden marguerite (Anthemis), dandelion, sunflower, yarrow), crimson clover, hairy vetch, grains and native grasses, butterfly weed (Asclepias), black locust, buckwheat, euonymus, rye, hemp sesbania (Sesbania exaltata), soapbark tree, buckthorn (Rhamnus), saltbush (Atriplex spp.), black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia) (A2, A3, A4, A6, A7, A8).(lines represent actual size)After USDA Bull. 2148Mealybug destroyer Mealybug Carrot family (fennel, dill, angelica, tansy), sunflower family(Cryptolaemus (goldenrod, coreopsis, sunflower, yarrow) (A2).montrouzieri) ATTRA// Farmscaping to Enhance Biological Control Page 21
  22. 22. Appendix A Plants that Attract Beneficials (A1) continuedBeneficial Pests How to attract/conserveMinute Pirate Bug Thrips, spider mite, Effective predators of corn earworm eggs. Carrot family(Anthocorid Family, leafhopper, corn (Queen Annes lace, tansy, coriander, bishops weed, chervil),Orius spp.) earworm, small sunflower family (cosmos, tidy tips (Layia), goldenrod, daisies, caterpillars, many other yarrow), baby-blue-eyes (Nemophila), hairy vetch, alfalfa, corn, insects crimson clover, buckwheat, blue elderberry (Sambucus caerulea) willows, shrubs. Maintain permanent plantings or hedgerows (A2, A4, A6, A7, A9).(line represents actual size)After Oregon Exp. Station Bull. 749Parasitic nematodes Nematodes Marigolds, chrysanthemum, gaillardia, helenium, Eriophyllus lanatum, horseweed (Conyza canadensis), hairy indigo, castor bean, Crotalaria spp., Desmodium spp., sesbania, mexicantea (Chenopodium ambrosioides), shattercane (Sorghum bicolor), lupines, Phaseolus atropurpurens (A10).Praying mantis Any insect (including Cosmos, brambles. Protect native species by avoiding(Mantis spp.) beneficials) pesticides (A3).Predatory mite Spider mite There are many species of predatory mites with ecological(Typhlodromus spp.) requirements—especially with respect to humidity and temperature—particular to the species. Avoid use of insecticides. Provide beneficial refugia for non-crop habitat of non-crop mite prey.After Oregon Extension ServicePredatory thrips Spider mite, aphid, other There are several species of predatory thrips. Predatory thrips(Thripidae family) thrips, Oriental fruit populations may be conserved/maintained by having non- moth, codling moth, bud crop populations of plant-feeding mites (e.g., European red moth, peach twig borer, mite, two-spotted spider mite), scales, aphids, moth eggs, alfalfa weevil, whitefly, leafhoppers, and other thrips. leafminer, scaleRove beetle Aphid, springtail, Permanent plantings; interplant strips of rye, grains, and cover(Staphylinidae family) nematode, flies; some are crops; mulch beds; make stone or plant walkways in garden to parasitic on cabbage-root provide refuges. maggot ATTRA// Farmscaping to Enhance Biological Control Page 22
  23. 23. Appendix A Plants that Attract Beneficials (A1) continuedBeneficial Pests How to attract/conserveSpider Many insects Caraway, dill, fennel, cosmos, marigold, spearmint (A2, A6).Spider mite destroyer Spider mite Carrot family (dill, fennel, etc.), mustard family (sweet(Stethorus spp.) alyssum, candytuft, etc.).Spined soldier bug Fall armyworm, sawfly, Sunflower family (goldenrod, yarrow), bishops weed;(Podisus maculiventris) Colorado potato beetle, Maintain permanent plantings (A7). Mexican bean beetleSyrphid fly Aphid Carrot family (Queen Annes lace, dill, fennel, caraway, tansy,(Hover flies) parsley, coriander, bishops weed), the sunflower family(Syrphidae family) (coreopsis, Gloriosa daisy, yarrow, cosmos, sunflower, marigolds), candytuft, sweet alyssum, ceanothus, holly-leaved cherry (Prunus ilicifolia), buckwheat, scabiosa, spearmint, coyote brush (Baccharis pilularis), knotweed (Polygonum aviculare), California lilacs (Ceanothus spp.), soapbark tree, meadow foam (Linnanthes douglasii), baby-blue-eyes (Nemophila); (A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7).(lines represent actual size)After USDA Bull. 1930Tachinid fly Cutworm, armyworm, Carrot family (caraway, bishops weed, coriander, dill, parsley,(Tachinidae family) tent caterpillar, cabbage Queen Annes lace, fennel), goldenrod, sweet clover, Phacelia looper, gypsy moth; some spp., sweet alyssum, buckwheat, amaranth, buckthorn, attack sawfly, Japanese Heteromeles arbutifolia (A2, A3, A4, A6, A7). beetle, May beetle, squash bug, green stink bug, sowbug After U.S.D.ATiger beetle Many insects Maintain permanent plantings and some exposed dirt or sand(Cicindelidae family) areas.After MA State Board of Agriculture,1862 ATTRA// Farmscaping to Enhance Biological Control Page 23
  24. 24. Appendix A Plants that Attract Beneficials (A1) continued Beneficial Pests How to attract/conserve Chalcid wasps (many Spruce budworm, cotton Maintain a diversity of plants, including dill, anise, caraway, families, including bollworm, tomato hairy vetch, spearmint, Queen Annes lace, buckwheat, Trichogrammatidae) hornworm, corn common knotweed, yarrow, white clover, tansy, cowpea, earworm, corn borer, fennel, cosmos, chervil. For orchards, provide a mix of clover codling moth, other and flowering weeds (A2, A3, A6). moths (line represents actual size) After USDA Bull. 1642 Whitefly parasitic Greenhouse whitefly, Carrot family (Queen Annes lace, dill, fennel, tansy), wasp (Encarsia sweet potato whitefly sunflower family (yarrow, sunflower, cosmos, coreopsis) (A2). formosa)Sources: A7) Merrill, Richard. 1995. It’s a bug-eat-bug world.A1) Gilkeson, Linda and Joel Grossman. 1991. The Fine Gardening. April. p. 64–67. organic gardening guide to important beneficial insects and mites of NorthAmerica. Organic A8) Reynolds, William. 1994. Attracting beneficial Gardening. May-June. p. 46–55. insects to the farm field. The Grower. July. p. 1–4.A2) Poncavage, Joanna. 1991. Beneficial borders. A9) Grossman, Joel. 1991. Insect plants. IPM Organic Gardening. May-June. p. 42–45. Practitioner. September. p. 10.A3) Kite, Patricia. 1990. Attract these insects. A10) William, R.D. 1981. Complementary interactions Organic Gardening. April. p. 71–72. between weeds, weed control practices, and pests in horticultural cropping systems.A4) Bugg, Robert L. 1990. Biological control of insect HortScience. August. p. 10–15. pests in sustainable agriculture. Components. UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and A11) Bugg, R.L. 1999. Beneficial insects and their Education Program. Vol. 1, No. 3. 7 p. associations with trees, shrubs, cover crops, and weeds. pp. 63-65. In: Bring Farm Edges Back toA5) Bugg, Robert L. 1993. Habitat manipulation to Life! Yolo Country Resource Conservation enhance the effectiveness of aphidophagous District, Woodland, CA. 105 p. hover flies (Diptera: Syrphidae). Sustainable Agriculture/Technical Reviews. UC Sustainable A12) Flint, M.L. and S.H. Dreistadt. 1998. Natural Agriculture Research and Education Program. Enemies Handbook. The Illustrated Guide to Winter. p. 12–15. Biological Pest Control. U.C. Press. Berkeley. p. 93.A6) Cicero, Karen. 1993. Making a home for beneficial insects. The New Farm. February. p. 28–33. ATTRA// Farmscaping to Enhance Biological Control Page 24