On the 14th October the Sustainable Ag team will be hosting two events for the Building a Buzz for Beneficial Bugs Project! Building a Buzz for Beneficial Bugs (BABFBB) is a State NRM funded project involving the promotion of beneficial insect biodiversity as an alternative to pesticide usage in Horticulture.
With two demonstration sites in the Midwest Horticultural Region showcasing specific insect-attracting flowering plants sown adjacent to horticulture cash crops.
The day will start off at the Geraldton Multipurpose Centre for a very special soil health webinar from Joel Williams – Integrated Soils. Joel is an independent plant and soil health educator who has worked all over the world with many different farming systems. Joel has a passion for soil microbial ecology and is also a keen vegetable grower! Joel will be video conferencing in from Toronto to chat to us about the benefits of species diversity within and on the edges of crop paddocks and how this affects soil health.
Our next speaker will be Professor Geoff Gurr from Charles Sturt University. Geoff is a Professor of Applied Ecology, specialising in insect-plant ecology and the biological control of pests. Geoff was involved in much of the initial research the Building a Buzz for Beneficial Bugs is based on! Geoff will be video conferencing from NSW to discuss his research on beneficial insects and flowering plants in horticulture systems, and why the specific flowering plants were chosen for our BABFBB demonstration sites.
Our second event will take place after lunch, at Sun City Produce in Walkaway. We will be doing a field walk to observe one of our BABFBB demonstration sites. Bao Duy Nguyen from Sun City Produce will talk us through his growing tunnel and insect-attracting flowering plants set up. And Cameron Brumley (DPIRD) will talk about the common pest insects they have been/will be finding on the traps and their management.
Due to COVID restrictions, we cannot get Geoff over to discuss his research and take questions while at the demonstration site. But we are still so grateful to be able to have him video conference in for us before the field walk.
This event will include a free return bus from the Geraldton Multipurpose Centre to Sun City Produce and free refreshments! The event will run from 8:30 am to approx. 3:00 pm.
Register now via the link: https://www.trybooking.com/BUJNR