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Farmers Find Organic Arsenal to Wage War on Pests

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New York Times

DAVIS, Calif. — Mark Van Horn, director of the student farm at the University of California, is nearly lost as he walks through a yellow cloud of wild sunflowers around the edge of a field of tomatoes and sweet corn.
They aren’t here for their beauty or as a cash crop — they are a key pest control strategy down on the organic farm.

Research here on wild sunflowers, he says, shows they are home to lady beetles and parasitic wasps, which are good bugs that kill bad bugs.

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