Hedgerows provide habitat for natural enemies and pollinators, dust and wind protection, and increase in biodiversity, but at what cost? Hear from Rachael Long about a study that shows that over time, restoration can be profitable. With USDA cost-share covering half the expense, the model shows for pest control that it would take eight years to break even from insecticide savings on the $4,000 cost of a typical 1,000-foot hedgerow. When adding in pollination benefits by native bees, the return time is reduced to five years. Sam Earnshaw will outline techniques for designing and installing hedgerows. Phil Foster will discuss the benefits and issues with hedgerows he has planted on his farms over the past 20 years.
Pests, Beneficials, Habitat
F | 3:30 pm