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Catch crop / main crop

It is well known that pollen beetles (Meligethes aeneus) are more attracted by yellow than other colours. Therefore, by using a cropping system with a catch crop (yellow flowers) and a main crop (white or cream flowers) it is possible to reduce the flight of pollen beetles into the main crop during flowering and so reduce the need of sprayings with insecticides in the main crop.

White flowering oilseed rape will change the landscape!
White flowering oilseed rape will change the landscape!

By surrounding the white flowering main crop by a frame of a yellow catch crop it is possible to reduce the flight of pollen beetles and other harmful insects into the white main crop.

An environment friendly method to grow rapeseed – makes cultivation possible also for organic farmers.

The picture shows the principle in winter rape, May 2009.

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