- Agronomic: potatoes
- Pest Management: biological control
Plowshare Farms in collaboration with Dr. Sarah Dohle will conduct a 1-year on-farm research trial evaluating the agronomic and economic efficacy of integrating guineafowl into potato fields to control Colorado Potato Beetle (CPB) compared against a control of handpicking. Researchers will measure CPB adult and larval population as well as potato yield to determine the impact of using guineafowl versus handpicking of pests.
Project objectives from proposal:
This project seeks to (1) evaluate the effectiveness of innovative organic pest control methods (2) determine the economic viability of treatments, and (3) clearly communicate results to farmers.