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Mowing practices to encourage beneficial insects

Reducing mowing - less disturbance to beneficial populations, allows grasses to produce pollen and weeds to flower and produce nectar.

 

Alternate row mowing, less disruptive than mowing all the rows at the same time, which results in a slow re-establishment of beneficial insects

 

Part row mowing is even better to provide even quicker restablishment of beneficial insects

 

Leave Mohawh or centre strips during harvest if rows are wide enough

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In this case, post harvest, mowing has been done on tree line only and inter row allowed to bulk up. A slasher will be required to mow the inter row.