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Pests, Disease & Weeds

Leaf with disease spots

Becoming a Disease Manager

About Erik Vegeto Erik is a student of Plant, Soil and Insect Science at Umass Amherst. He has a passion for restorative agriculture and environmental stewardship that drives him forward into new frontiers of thought. Erik loves to read, play guitar, and be creative. One day he hopes to have his own farm and write for a living.
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Using Companion Planting to Eliminate the Need for Herbicides, Insecticides and Pesticides

Companion planting began as a simple way for Ancient civilizations to improve their crop harvests by planting two or more different plants next to or near the plants they were
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Red spider mites on leaf

Scouting for Harmful Insects – Market Farmers Introduction

Some insects are good, some not so. Each year it is estimated insects cause a billion dollars of crop damage. What insects are visiting your crops?
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Automated farctory farm showing the crop density possible with automated watering, lighting and temperature control.

Autonomous Farms and the Future of High Tech Agriculture

There are few endowments among the human race that are as fundamental to our rise in global presence and ongoing existence as our agricultural aptitude. We quickly learned that the cultivation of field crops and livestock was far superior to the primitive nomadic lifestyle we had been living.
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