Economic analysis of planting flower strips along soybean fields

Luc Belzile

Description

This project is being carried out by the grain research center CÉROM, and IRDA is in charge of conducting the economic analysis.

CÉROM’s initial two-year project is aimed at evaluating whether flower strips around soybean fields serve as a reservoir for aphid species attacked by Pandora neoaphidis.

Objective(s)

  • Survey aphid species and their seasonality on host plants in established flower strips
  • Evaluate how susceptible these aphids species are to Pandora neoaphidis
  • Determine the effect of flower strips on the dynamics of aphid disease epidemics on soybean
  • Evaluate the cost-effectiveness of using flower strips on farms

From 2017 to 2019

Project duration

Field crops

Activity areas

Pest, weed, and disease control

Service

IRDA's economic analyses help growers evaluate the cost-effectiveness of alternative pest control methods, among other things.

Partners

Ministère de l'Agriculture, des Pêcheries et de l'Alimentation du Québec | Centre de recherche sur les grains

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