Observation: Cover crops invite beneficial insects


Noticed a lady beetle hanging out in the backyard this morning in the row of clover that I planted last fall. Last year, there was absolutely zero lady beetles in the backyard, but it seems as though the lettuce, bok choi, and other brassica varieties in the yard have most likely invited agricultural pests like aphids, so I am sure that is why the lady beetles are setting up shop. I haven’t really noticed any aphids on the clover, vetch, or the rye grass, but I suppose this cover is habitat for the lady beetle also. At Steiner Field I have noticed that the crimson clover that I planted last fall is now starting to flower, which should be good for the 2 packages of honey bee’s that I have now on the field.


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