Earth’s lands offer us unbeatable qualities to obtain high-quality crops. However, for healthy and productive crops, smart using of the soil, for example through polyculture-style techniques, is needed. Also, crops protection from various threats is ideal.
As if the problem was not enough by itself, to this are added some chemicals and pesticides that in theory should help but what they do is to suppress a threat just to originate another – damaging the final quality of the crops.
Simple and effective protection for crops
We talk about meshes or coverages destined to protect the harvest without being difficult for it to grow normally. The only thing to be careful with is to position the meshes so that they do not interfere with the growth of the crops.
The agricultural thermal blanket is a magnificent resource in this sense since it makes it possible to cover a large area of land. Ideal to take care of plantations, especially those which are sensitive to temperature or its fluctuations, as it safeguards against the cruelties of the climate change, without impeding the passage of air and water.
Structures and devices for crops protection
There is a great variety of materials with which to build beneficial greenhouses for your crops. In any case, they allow our crops to be protected from various temporary inclemencies, including solar radiation and rains.
A step below in complexity are the so-called tents.
These make it possible to install tents to protect the harvest from the rain, although on the days when the sunlight is more intense they require ventilation. Structures of this type are used specifically when covering tall plants.
Natural remedies that offer an alternative to chemicals
Some plants of habitual culture have natural protections against diverse plagues, like the substances contained in leaves of tomatoes and potatoes, that at the same time repel to several harmful insects (like worms, beetles or larvae) but attract the predators of these.
There are more natural options that serve as repellents. Thus, we could distinguish the use of other plants as “guardians”, nettles for example, and resources that also come from the earth, such as orange peels, cochineal repellents, ants, and others.
It is also not necessary to resort to chemical agents to favor the crops growth or crops protection. Increasingly, farmers seem to forget that organic fertilizers have always been used, as well as plant and mineral extracts, which give excellent results without compromising high-quality crops.
Erin VanDyke lives on her family farm and has more than 35 years of hands-on experience with the use of livestock guard dogs for predator control. On their farm, Jan and her family use corgis as herding dogs and have raised Shetland sheep, Fainting goats, Morgan and Trakehner horses, and historic breeds of chickens and turkeys. Erin is also an active beekeeper.