The use of plant protection products is restricted in organic farming, so preventing pests and diseases is the best way to deal with them. Using resistant varieties, mixtures of varieties or species and healthy seed is one way to take preventative action. Designing crop rotations that break up the pest or disease development cycle is another. You can also adapt your crop cultivation techniques and timing to avoid difficulties. Lastly cultivating biodiversity in and around the fields benefits the natural enemies of pests, and so may help to control them. When planning crop rotations you should take into consideration the fact that although diseases are a common cause of yield loss in many arable crop species, severe problems with pests are mostly limited to rapeseed and potato.

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