Saturday, 28 June 2014

Integrated Pest Management - "T" shaped Bird Perches

In our Agriculture for Everybody blog series, as part of the Integrated Pest Management (IPM), we will discuss in this blog the Bird Perches and their need for it.

Which crops need Bird Perches?
  1. Generally, high density crops like cereals, millets, pulses, flowers, vegetables etc require Bird Perches
How many Bird Perches are required per acre?
  1. On an average, 15-20 "T" shaped Bird Perches are required per acre
What should be the height of the Bird Perches?
  1. Generally, it is advised that the height of the Bird Perches to be 10 ft so that the birds get a good view of the pests and its movement
  2. The horizontal in the "T" should be of 1 ft
What is the distance between the Bird Perches?
  1. Optimally, the Bird Perches should be of equi-distance from one another
What problem is solved by Bird Perches?
  1. Generally, the birds eat the larvae and they need a resting place to search for them
  2. Owls use these bird perches during night to look for rats
When do artificial Bird Perches are not required?
  1. When live bird perches are available then artificial "T" shaped Bird Perches are not required
  2. Live Bird Perches are trees that has multiple branches and help the birds in resting and disguising itself
  3. You can have Setaria species (foxtail cultivars) which are good live bird perches