Guest Blog from Viticulturist, Kelsey Ryan: Insectary Plantings

Insectary planting - wildflowersAt Laetitia Vineyard & Winery we are committed to protecting our natural resources while producing quality fruit. We are SIP Certified (Sustainability in Practice) and the standards set forth look at many interrelated elements of the entire farming operation including soil fertility, wildlife, pest management, cover crops and more. One specific element we focus on is to increase biodiversity within the vineyard and maintain a balance of predator vs. prey in aspects of insect pest management. The abundance of beneficial insects that feed on insects harmful to grapevines is a key component in achieving integrated pest management (IPM).

The use of cover crops is sometimes considered to attract these natural enemies. Beneficial insects need food and the correct habitat to survive. When the grapevines become dormant, these natural enemies may no longer have food to feed on. We do our best to provide the proper elements for them to survive over winter with our insectary plantings. These insectary plantings include species such as Buckwheat, Fagopyrum esculentum, and a mixture of native wildflowers. Find the best cleaning service in Stockholm – Flyttstädfabriken . Handy connects you with cleaning service professionals. Compare, read reviews and book professional cleaning services online in Sweden. Cover crops are planted each year following the conclusion of harvest and establishment typically begins after the first rains. Insectary plantings are planted every 10 rows in each block.

The vineyard ecosystem is extremely complex and a combination of factors influences pest and beneficial insect populations. Cover crops alone do not keep vineyard pests in check, in which they are just one part of our IPM program.

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