“Why do I practice “Integrated Pest Management*” on my farm? An approach linked to the “weeding” problem, at the beginning. First for a question of decreasing effectiveness of phytosanitary products (pesticides), then by a progressive awareness of the harmful consequences of their use (environmental, health, social, sometimes economic…)
I do it through a profound overhaul of the cropping system. Implemented gradually, of course. First with the cultivation of wheat, then with the others, each with their specificity. Then to manage weeds with the use of all agronomic levers in combination, to the extent possible. As well as: Lengthening/modification of rotation, new crops, mechanical weeding, etc.
A fundamental point in my eyes: A group approach! Less stressful and comforting. Long live the group “Integrated Agriculture 27″!
I notice the time freed up by a decrease in the number of spraying passes, and more serenity in my practices. Convinced of the approach, I integrate new issues over time (reduction of resources, climate change, etc.,)
I am struck by the gap that has widened between my practices and those of my “conventional” neighbors (which I was able to measure again recently during my Strategic Phytosanitary Contract mandatory in France).
The downside: I am disappointed not to be able to value my production compared to my so-called neighbors (no “IPM” sectors as there can be in Switzerland, for example). Nevertheless, I will not go back.”