When SCP works with growers to farm Cleaner Cotton™, they promote practices that: Decrease toxicity from farm chemicals to our water, air and soil, feed the soil, increase beneficial insect habitat and survival, use biologically based approaches and UC IPM thresholds to know when to treat pests. They perform extensive weekly monitoring and use that information as a basis for decision-making, and they consider the environment when making choices.
Soil Biologically based farming starts with the soil. Compost and use of cover crops can reduce the use of synthetic fertilizers to keep the soil healthy and productive and reduce water runoff into local watersheds.
Insect Pests Rather than attempting to eliminate all pests, our growers cultivate a diversity of natural enemies that prey on insect pests. Well-timed releases of beneficial insects can reduce pest pressure in the fields. Planting annual habitat on field margins or interplanting the habitat provides a food and nectar source for beneficial insects as well as serving as a trap crop for pests. If significant pest problems develop, our growers are more inclined than their counterparts to use more environmentally friendly materials.
Beneficial Insect Habitats Developing natural habitats will increase the number of "good bugs" that prey on pest and reduce reliance on pesticides.
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Weekly Field Monitoring Our field scout conducts a weekly sampling in each of the participating SCP fields for both pests and beneficial insects. Weekly written reports are sent to each grower, helping them to make informed pest management decisions.