Managing Lettuce Pests with Natural Enemy Habitat

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Less Pests. More Profits. Better Planet.

Attract beneficial hoverflies to eat aphid pests by using insectary plants and hedgerows! This video features Eric Morgan of Braga Fresh Farm and Eric Brennan, USDA Research Horticulturist. Eric Morgan discusses how Braga Fresh uses insectary plants to increase biodiversity and pest control. Eric Brennan shares results from his research using sweet alyssum plants in lettuce crops to attract hoverflies to manage aphid pests.

For information about the hedgerow installation process, see the document Increasing Farm Diversity: Timeline and Steps for Hedgerows, Windbreaks and Riparian Areas