University of Manitoba On-Farm Study: Flowering Habitats for Pollinators and Natural Enemies of Pests
Pollinators and natural enemies of pests may improve the health of agroecosystems. Have you considered practices to enhance them on your farm? If so, the University of Manitoba wants to partner with you for an on-farm project.
Establish flowering plants at crop field margins to determine if this habitat increases crop productivity by increasing pollinators and natural enemies of pests.
Engage with project staff in decision making to:
select fields that work for you
seed (provided) and maintain the flowering habitat
Maintain your crop rotation and regular management practises.
Study flowering habitat effects for duration of project
Collect insects throughout the growing season
Measure the impact of the habitat across the field on:
Pollinators and natural enemies of pests
Pest insects, weeds and diseases
Crop yield and quality
Learn if your flowering habitat increased pollinators, natural enemies of pests, and crop productivity.
Field-specific results will be communicated directly to you throughout the project
Seed for the flowering habitat will be provided