Wild Simulated Pest Management

So with agroforestry and forest farming in
particular, one of the things we’re trying to do with these under-story plants like ginseng
is not only maintain a diverse polyculture that’s supportive to the plants that we’re
interested in, particularly the crop species, but we’re also thinking about the over-story
conditions and the type of habitat that we’re creating and maintaining. One of the things we can see in the distance
are owl boxes that he’s placed in the trees and those owl boxes are designed to encourage
owls to take up residence and deal with some of the other issues that he faces in this
particular environment because every grower will face issues and in this particular site
we’ve got a problem with woodland jumping mice and other rodents that come in and predate
the berries and seeds in late summer and so by creating an environment that’s conducive
to predators of these rodents instead of putting poisons in the woods that would reduce those
predators, this grower is trying to encourage a natural balance here on the site, and so
it’s something that is often hard to kind of quantify in terms of what the value of
that kind of management approach is going to be, but it is certainly an ecosystem management
strategy that has the least impact on all of the critters found in the environment and
may help promote rodent reduction in the future.

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