various plants with wide row spacing in a field

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Figure 8.2.25: Multiple pest control practices on this organic farm help prevent pathogen infection and spread, while also helping to control insect pests and weeds. Wide row spacing allows for interrow weed cultivation as well as air flow to reduce crop canopy humidity; crop rotation and intercropping plants from different plant families interrupts pathogen and insect spread; and straw mulch that prevents soil-borne pathogens from splashing onto plants also suppresses weeds.
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