Winter squash perimeter trap cropping for the organic grower

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2006: $5,258.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2007
Region: Northeast
State: Massachusetts
Project Leader:
Nancy Hanson
Hampshire College


  • Vegetables: cucurbits


  • Education and Training: demonstration, extension, farmer to farmer, on-farm/ranch research, workshop
  • Pest Management: biological control, biorational pesticides, cultural control, field monitoring/scouting, physical control, trap crops

    Proposal summary:

    Perimeter trap cropping is a technique in which an insect-preferred variety of a crop is grown around the border of the main cash crop to attract pests. Growers have achieved effective control using this technique, but, to date, all research has relied on conventional pesticides to kill the insects. This project will investigate the viability of this system when using organic control methods. Outreach will be through workshops, farm tours, and publications.

    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.