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Cultural control

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In agriculture cultural control is the practice of modifying the growing environment to reduce the prevalence of unwanted pests. Examples include changing soil pH or fertility levels, irrigation practices, amount of sunlight, temperature, or the use of beneficial animals (e.g. chickens) or insects (e.g. ladybugs) (biological control). Cultural control can help avoid pest population build-up, strengthen the overall resilience of a farming system and thereby reduce a need for curative interventions e.g., chemical pesticide applications.[1] As such, a systematic implementation of cultural control practices can avert pesticide-induced detrimental effects on farmland biodiversity and the environment. Cultural control is the use of crops rotation, resistant varieties, fillage[check spelling] practice, regular weeding, fallowing, timeless planting, uprooting and burning infected crops.[2]


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  2. ^ "Cultural Control". College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, université d'État de Caroline du Nord. Retrieved 25 October 2014..