Andy in a field of OSR flowers© Alexandra Joseph
Companion crops have allowed Kent grower Andy Barr to stop using insecticides on his oilseed rape despite being in a hot spot for cabbage stem flea beetle damage and without seeing a drop in yields. The secret to his success does not lie with companion cropping alone, but rather having a complex, integrated set of biological systems at work on his farm. Mr Barr moved to companion cropping six years ago and the main bulk of his rapeseed now achieves […]