Catalog of Beneficials by Rincon-Vitova Insectaries

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3 8 l note from jan l 8 3 i feel privileged to be here with deke my dad the `deep ecologist wondering about the world s problems we consider it a privilege to partner with you towards a society tuned in with nature we have good biological pest control programs that should be used more there are so many around us who have not heard about the biological approach we love to serve all of you from gardeners to animal breeders and especially family farmers my grandfather walter q lost the farm in york nebraska in the 1920 s deke became a professional entomologist but growing up with him meant we worked in the garden and enjoyed our own fresh fruit and vegetables we see that the centrality of agriculture and the necessity to conserve nature are facts of life bahá u lláh declared them among spiritual principles to guide us towards an ideal society he wrote the fundamental basis of the community is agriculture tillage of the soil deke recently wrote to a friend who had just bought a farm here are some excerpts 8 l letter from deke to a friendl 8 here are some steps for transitioning from the conventional chemical farm paradigm to sustainable ecologically based biological control you have the resources available to restore the organic content of the soil all you have to do is begin the process of applying the compost and compost teas that can be made from available waste products the compost teas are probably the most important and economical way of transporting the soil food web to your soil-building program naturfarm people applied compost teas through the sprinkling system every time they irrigated and used it as a spray to control pests concentrate of the teas can be applied by dripping it into the flood irrigation as well they also spread compost directly on the soil whenever they prepared the soil for the next crop the soil microbes feed on the organic matter applying it following harvest would work to decompose the roots and stubble thereby raising the organic level of the soil and feeding the soil food web microorganisms that feed nutrients to the plants the organic matter is contained in the bodies of microbes so you are building life in the soil you can experiment particularly with the symbiotic mycorrhizae endo and ecto we can provide a number of easy to use microbial products.to insure the presence of a broad diversity of microbes many natural enemies birds and larger organisms farm equipment and the wind will spread them throughout the farm and the ones that survive will do the work other natural areas such as old growth forests prairies and farms that have not been sterilized by synthetic chemical pesticides and fertilizers are reservoirs of the soil food web of microbes when it s working microbes spread to every root hair feeding nutrients as the plant needs them you can t duplicate it any other way than building up all the trophic levels of bacteria and microbes conventional chemical farming shuts it down the easiest way to build back the soil food web is to feed it and minimize compaction it was not long after the experiment began before one could feel the difference the beds were more soft and aerated and one could smell the actinomycetes so typical of good soil i would provide refuges for the natural enemy complex where practical around the edges of the market crops naturfarm had more refuges of alfalfa strips than was probably necessary i would make them diverse and sustainable full of blossoms that attract pollinators and beneficials the plants should be more attractive to pests than the market crop being grown weed management was the largest production cost but many non-noxious so-called weeds make good companion plantings so long as they can be managed the only pest control was using sprays of compost teas that acted as both a fungicide and aid to insect pest control it was not perfect at the beginning but as time passed the balance of nature seemed to take charge and solve the problems using the d-vac to monitor the good bug to bad bug ratio gave me the insight to detect the progress of biological control on weekly visits argentine continued on page 18 page 2 rincon-vitova insectaries inc 2005 catalog of beneficials 800-248-2847 bugs www.rinconvitova.com