How do they fertilize? Organic farmersí
primary strategy in controlling pests and diseases is prevention. Organic
farmers build healthy soils fertilizing and building soil organic matter
through the use of cover crops, compost, and biologically based soil amendments.
This produces healthy plants which are better able to resist disease and
insect predation. Organic farmers also rely on a diverse population of
soil organisms, insects, birds, and other organisms to keep pest problems
in check. When pest populations get out of balance, growers will implement
a variety of strategies such as the use of insect predators, mating disruption,
traps, and barriers. As a last resort, botanical or other nontoxic pesticides
may be applied under restricted conditions. Weeds are controlled through
increased cultivation, as well as through cover crops, mulches, flame
weeding, crop rotation and similar management methods.
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