General observations so far in our project are that regular mown inter rows have less arthroppod diversity than the less mown inter rows, especially parasitoids. The great diversity in the less mown areas extends into the trees.
An even greater difference was when flowering plants were sown in the inter rows. A greater abundance of insects was quite obvious just walking into the crop.
These early observations have encouraged us to venture into purchasing a direct drill seeder to continue and extend our experiments.
If you are in the Lismore district and would like to hire the seeder let us know.
Inter-row management to aid beneficial arthropods and improve soil health
Cobblers pegs are very attractive to bees
lacewing adults feed on pollen and nectar. This will keep them in the plantation. (Pic by Bob Maier)