The Santa Maria-Lompoc Row Crop Insect Training Project of The Dietrick Institute for Applied Insect Ecology presents Farm Field Day #1

Choosing Borders and Interplantings for Natural Control of Pests

Dr. Joseph Patt, Entomologist and Botanist

Rutgers University


Jeff Chandler, Horticulturist

Cornflower Farms

Monday, December 16, 1996

11 AM ~ 3:30 PM


The Naturfarm Barn

6495 Santa Rosa Road

Lompoc, CA -

For Row Crop Vegetable and Strawberry Growers, Researchers, Crop and Pest Control Advisors


11:00 Tour Naturfarm cover crop strips used for six years to control pests

Noon Sandwich and Chili Beans Buffet

12:45 Dr. Joe Patt: ~ Flowering Annuals for Biological Control in Row Crops"

1:30 Jeff Chandler: "California Native Perennial Hedgerow for insect Refugia"

2:00 Break

2:15~3:30 Consultation about Habitat Enhancement Strategies on Local Farms

Appilcation approved for 4 CE hours for Crop & Pests Control Advisors

RSVP to NFRDF by noon on Friday the 13th

No charge except $5.00 donation to NFRDF for lunch.

We'll have heaters in the barn, but areas to keep warm when we're outside

Sponsored by:

California Energy Commission

Nature Farming Research and Development Foundation (NFRDF)

US Environmental Protection Agency

University of California Cooperative Extension

The Significance of Insect Refugia for Biological Control Applied insect ecologists and botanists have been working with farmers who want to reduce pesticides. They have made discoveries about the importance of planting beneficial insect refugla on farms. The greatest successes occur on farms where farmers feed the soil with organic matter and establish the greatest biodiversity in the soil, on the soil and above the soil. Non-crop plants contribute to this important biodiversity on farms that control pests naturally.

The Santa Maria-Lompoc Row Crop Insect Habitat Training Protect

The Dietriek Institute is working with a group of farmers and pest control advisors in the Santa Maria-Lompoc area. The Institute is providing training to help them reduce or stop pesticide use on row crops through the use of soil and habit enhancements strategies. The farmer and PCA trainees will learn what kinds of perennial plants would be good pollen sources and shelter for predators, serve as wind breaks and dust control and become alternate hosts that may support the greatest complexity of biological control. This training is part of a multi-year project to observe how row crop farmers apply habitat enhancement strategies to establish an above-ground insect foodweb to prevent damaging pest flare-ups.

In addition to permanent perennial plant installations, trainees will learn from research entomologist, botanists, experienced farmers and pest control advisors how to use cover crop Interplantings to trap pests and grow predators. They will also learn about strategies using single row and interspersed hills of flowering annuals to provide pollen for beneficial wasps, flies and green lacewing. Each cooperating farm will be helped to develop a strategy suited to the farm. Participants will learn more about the importance of soil biodiversity in relation to above-ground agroeology.

Row crop farmers and pest control advisors in the area can attend the field day training sessions and see how the farmer and PCA trainees apply what they learn. For more information, call Martin Guerena, Project Field Coordinator, at 473-8085, or Jan Dietriek, Project Manager, at 639-9072.

Nature Farming Research and Development Foundation A nonprofit public benefit corporation since 1989 headquartered in Lornpoc, CA. The Foundation conducted the Naturfarm Conversion Project to demonstrate the conversion process from an energy intensive farming system to a production system with less dependence on chemical and fuel energy use. The foundation conducts educational projects that assist farmers as they strive to develop more energy efficient farming systems

The Dietrick Institute for Applied Insect Ecology A non-profit public benefit corporation since October 1996 headquartered in Ventura, CA. The Institute offers education and research programs that promote the use of biological pest management strategies based on maintaining, restoring or enhancing the diversity of organisms in soil and above-ground foodwebs