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AGROintegra da a conocer los ensayos GIP en cardo, acelga y borraja en la Jornada de Hortícolas de Invierno organizada por INTIA en la finca de Sartaguda



Around fifty agricultural professionals, farmers, technicians and students gathered last October 21 at INTIA's experimental farm in Sartaguda to learn first-hand about the tests that are being carried out within the framework of the LIFE AGROintegra project on the abovementioned crops.

In this event, special attention was given to pests and control strategies that are currently being tested in thistle, chard and borage crops, called minor crops and as such, do not have many effective control alternatives.


From the outset, Ricardo Biurrun, INTIA's pest specialist, highlighted the effectiveness of flowering bands as a reservoir of beneficial insect species for pest control such as caterpillars and various aphid species. These experiences with flowery bands have been studied at INTIA for more than 10 years. In the tests of the LIFE AGROintegra project, more than 17 species of flowers have been tested, sown at different times, so that insects have pollen to feed on throughout the summer and early autumn and auxiliary populations are abundant to cover the entire period of horticultural crops, from summer to well into autumn.

The INTIA technician then went on to explain the objectives of the tests carried out on borage, thistle and chard, aimed at controlling the different species of lepidoptera caterpillars, mainly Spodoptera exigua, Helicoverpa armígera and Autographa gamma, species that attack these crops. In each trial Biurrun explained the control strategies by comparing several natural insecticides applied at different dates with other synthetic products, to assess the efficacy of these programs within the GIP control system. He also presented a control system in the three crops in a biological way, by releasing predatory bed bugs at the beginning of the crop. With the release of these insects and the application of natural insecticides, we want to achieve the control of the above-mentioned pests without having to resort to the application of synthetic insecticides, more dangerous for people and the environment.

The green bean also occupied a space in the visit and we could see a trial in ecological, whose objective was the control of leaf defoliating caterpillars.

In this field day, borage diseases were also prominent. In this crop the technician Jesús Zúñiga, INTIA's specialist in diseases, presented a trial with 8 variants and several dates of application, to check the effectiveness in the control of powdery mildew, the main fungus that attacks the crop. In the absence of conventional fungicides authorised in borage, the purpose of the test is to test the efficacy of other natural products in various applications. This type of products have less persistence against powdery mildew and therefore need to be compared with the most widely used fungicides, which are sulphur-based products.

The day ended with a further meeting to present the results obtained from these experiences of the LIFE AGROintegra project, aimed at reducing the use of phytosanitary products in crops and replacing them with others that are less hazardous to the environment and human health.


Dissemination of results of AGROintegra demonstrations in chard, spinach and broccoli on plots of GELAGRI IBÉRICA, S. L.

Last September 19 took place at the S. COOP. Santiago Apóstol de Funes, the day of results presented by GELAGRI IBÉRICA, S. L. on the demonstrations by integrating biotechnical measures in spinach and chard crops and the use of flowery and loose bands of auxiliary fauna, for broccoli production, carried out on an industrial scale in the framework of the LIFE AGROintegra project.

The conference was attended by 60 people among farmers and technicians interested in checking the performance of these new measures to control the most important pests of these crops.

AGROintegra at the INTIA Summer Vegetable Crops Conference in Cadreita

The event organized by INTIA in its Cadreita farm became, as every year, a forum for meeting between technicians from various sectors, seed companies, phytosanitary and farmers, hosting a hundred people.

At the field day, held on 8 September, INTIA technicians Inmaculada Lahoz and Ricardo Biurrun presented the different summer horticultural works tested this season.

The day began with the exhibition of tomato varieties (peeled, all meat, cherry and other uses), in which Inmaculada Lahoz, highlighted the particularities of each one. They then presented the varieties of pepper and the padding technique in this species, whose good results are being repeated in recent years.

II Demonstrative conference "Reducing the use of herbicides in horticultural crops through binadoras".

On August 10, 2016, INTIA organized in Funes the II Conference "Reduction of the use of herbicides in horticulture through binadoras" within the framework of the LIFE AGROintegra Project. It was attended by more than 50 people, including technicians from the agribusiness of Navarre and CC. AA. and farmers. For the second consecutive year, attendees at this conference were very interested in this new alternative for the elimination of weeds in broccoli and thistle crops, which allows reducing the use of herbicides in crops.

In the first part of the day, at Virto's facilities in Funes, the technicians of the companies explained to the attendees the particularities of each machine and the INTIA technician José Jesús Pérez de Ciriza, commented "the importance of the correct use of the winemakers in organic cultivation, minor crops and crops that want to be obtained with zero residue of phytosanitary products".

Técnicos de AGROintegra visitan las demostraciones en frutales y tomate llevadas a cabo por Grupo AN en el marco del proyecto LIFE

El 4 de agosto, técnicos de LIFE AGROintegra incluidos miembros del consorcio, cofinanciadores y colaboradores, pudieron ver in situ el desarrollo de las demostraciones en parcela real que UCAN, a través de su cooperativa socia Grupo AN, están llevando a cabo en frutales y tomate en parcelas demostrativas de Tudela. Se trata de la segunda campaña de demostraciones a escala real en campo de Gestión Integrada de Plagas (GIP) llevadas a cabo en el marco de las acciones de “Transformación de explotaciones al nuevo modelo de GIP” desarrolladas por el proyecto a lo largo de dos campañas agrícolas, con el objetivo de demostrar que el modelo GIP es viable y que con él se consigue un descenso significativo del uso de fitosanitarios y por tanto de su impacto ambiental.

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