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

Project Overview

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
Project Leader:


  • Vegetables: beans


  • Crop Production: biological inoculants
  • Pest Management: general pest management

    Proposal summary:

    This project will harvest naturally-occurring populations of beneficial lady beetles that have been observed on fava beans and on kale that has overwintered and gone to seed. The project will explore whether it is better to move eggs or adults into the greenhouse, where they can help with early season pest control, and to determine their effectiveness. The farmer will also observe the breeding patterns among the lady beetles.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.