Biofac Crop Care Saves Profits

P. O. Box 87, Mathis, TX 78368
Phone: (800) 233-4914
info1@biofac.com

Yield Enhancement Products
Biological Control

"Strategy", Development & Maintenance
SUSTAINABLE LOW MAINTENANCE
INSECT/MITE PEST CONTROL SYSTEMS

Trichogramma PretiosumPredatory MiteLady BugMantis
Lacewing

SUSTAINABLE
(self perpetuating, a program that reproduces itself)
LOW MAINTENANCE
(needs less equipment, fuel, labor, and sprayable materials)
INSECT/MITE PEST CONTROL SYSTEM
(provides greater profits through use of effective renewable resources)

Conservative, economically functional, biologically diverse, ecologically sound, “environmentally correct” all are descriptive of a biologically based, holistic insect/mite pest control system that ultimately contributes to FARM PROFITS.    The strategy for development and maintenance of such a system is founded on practical disciplines already part of the farming experience.  These disciplines are now united and focused on crop protection that avoids financial losses common to traditional pest control practices.  Component disciplines of Sustainable, Low Maintenance Pest Control include:

  • Monitoring populations of beneficials and pests by regular, weekly, visual plant inspection and pheromone trapping provides early detection of population “trends”.  Such information enables producers to regulate pest populations through conservative actions.
     
  • Cultural Practices such as leaving crop residue on the soil surface, planting field borders to flowering plants, and strip cropping aid in the retention and strengthening of Natural Enemy populations for long term insect population stability favoring beneficials.
     
  • Conservation/Protection of existing, local Natural Enemies allows them to increase and function more efficiently through greater numbers, earlier in pest cycles, and equates to relative stability of the Predator/Prey Complex. Avoid the application of toxic insecticides.
     
  • Augmentation of Natural Enemies through serial releases of host specific parasitoids and general predators, is appropriate for pest control when those natural enemies indigenous to the area are not adequate for the task of regulating pest populations.
     
  • Selective Biological Insecticides may be used in the least disruptive manner, controlling insect pests for which Natural Enemies are not commercially available.  Examples: fungal, bacterial, viral insecticides and beneficial nematodes.

    For assistance write BIOFAC CROP CARE P.O.  Box 87, Mathis, TX 78368, info1@biofac.com

Three Rules for Bio-Control Programs

  • Match the “beneficial” (parasite/predator to the pest)
  • Introduce “beneficials” at the correct time
  • Release enough “beneficials” to establish control

Infallible Biological Drives

  • All living things need nourishment
    -- beneficials eat pests.
  • The drive to reproduce
    -- beneficials deposit young in the pest, killing the pest.

AUGMENTED BIOLOGICAL CONTROL IN IPM
KEY BENEFICIALS VERSUS TARGET PESTS

Beneficials

Targeted Pests

Lacewing

Lep Eggs/Larvae; Aphids; Other Soft Pests

Big Eyed Bug

Lygus, Larvae, Aphids, Other Soft Pests

Trichogramma

Eggs, Loopers,/Clery Leaftier/ Others

Predatory Mite

Twospotted Mite

Ladybug

Aphids

Steinernema Carocopsea

Soil Borne Insects

Baravia Basiana (Naturalis “L”)

Adult Weevils, etc.

 

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