Veggie integrated pest management field walk

DIPR and NT Farmers led a field walk recently at Coastal Plains Research Farm to share information with growers and industry stakeholders.

Farmers, scientists and anyone in between came together to discuss Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for vegetables, explored through presentations and demonstrations.

The Coastal Plains demonstration plots have been running since 2017, with crops including okra, Sin Qua, chilli and snake bean. This year’s trial focuses on pest management and options for trap crops, and continues to assess the different yields associated with IPM, no spray and calendar spray systems.

Presenters included Dr Brian Thistleton (DPIR entomologist), Jacob Betros (Territory Natural Resource Management), Simone Cameron (EE Muir and Sons) and Greg Owens (NT Farmers). There were a range of topics discussed, including soil health and the use of IPM and its correlation with reduced pesticide use.

Attendees were given the chance to witness some of the beneficial insects through the microscope, before being shown the demonstration plots and the bean fly control trial.

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