Fava beans and kale as potential spring nurseries for insect natural enemies to move into the greenhouse.

Final Report for FNE00-294

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2000: $5,382.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2000
Matching Non-Federal Funds: $5,529.00
Region: Northeast
State: Connecticut
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Project Information

Summary:

Note to readers: attached is a completed and final report for FNE00-294

The goals of this project was to see if lady beetles could be collected in the spring from fava beans and kale plants that have overwintered in the field and transfer those lady beetles to the greenhouse for the control of aphids.

The outcome specific to site conditions would be that lady beetles do not appear in this area in early spring and fava beans and kale do not overwinter at our farm.

I will continue to use lady beetles in my greenhouses. This process allows me to solve my aphid problems in the greenhouse very early on in the greenhouse growing season. The other plus is the ability to rid a pest in a strictly natural way.

Cooperators

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  • Kimberly Stoner

Research

Participation Summary
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