Agricultural production is one of the most important aspects of human life. For centuries, farmers, gardeners, and all kinds of agricultural producers have tended to their crops; allowing healthy and delicious foods to be shared across the world.
Whether you’re overseeing a large-scale agricultural production farm or are simply planting a small garden in your front yard, you need to focus on protecting your crops as much as possible.
“Critters most likely to cause the quickest damage are deer, rabbits, and groundhogs,” said Matt Tarr, associate extension professor and wildlife specialist at the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension.
Here are some great tips for protecting your farms, crop yields, and agricultural landscapes of any size:
- Create covers for your plants — Adding a simple chicken wire cover around your plants can keep some of the most invasive pests away from your crops. Depending on the size of your land, you can either individually cover plants (best for small gardens), or use larger sheets of garden fabric to cover larger crop fields.
- Administer the necessary nutrients — There are six primary nutrients that plants of all kinds require: carbon, nitrogen, potassium, oxygen, hydrogen, and phosphorus. Plants receive carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen from water and air and receive phosphorus, potassium, and nitrogen that are administered manually. In order to absorb the majority of phosphorus, however, which can be poisonous, most plants need a soil acidity of 6.5 to 6.8.
- High-quality fencing — The U.S. fencing market is projected to reach $11.5 billion by 2024. Again, no matter the size of your garden or farm, a high-quality fence can significantly help with crop security. Though there aren’t too many criminals breaking onto crop fields and backyards, causing havoc on gardens; there are plenty of animals that would love to do just that. A strong and durable fence can keep all kinds of animals off your property and away from your garden and crops.
- Place your plants in raised beds — This might be a little difficult for larger agricultural fields, but it’s certainly achievable. Planting your garden in raised beds is a great way to keep out weeds, allow easier access to tend to your crops, and prevent garden pests from causing damage. Simply construct raised beds out of wooden plants, stones, bricks, or concrete blocks.
- Spray preventative scents around your property — Another great way to keep pests and wildlife away from harming your garden and crop fields is to spray predator masking scents. Most animals come into gardens because they smell vegetates and want a free meal. Spraying scents around your property sends a message to nearby wildlife that your specific garden is not a safe place to eat because it smells unappealing. The best two animal repellents to consider using smell similar to the urine of a predator, allowing nearby wildlife to believe the area is unsafe. You can also create your own animal repellent recipe.
Whether you’re overseeing an international agricultural production establishment or are just growing a few plants in your yard, make sure you’re constantly focusing on keeping your plants protected. Good luck!