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The Effect of an Irrigated Buckwheat Cover Crop on Grape Vine Productivity, and Beneficial Insect and Grape Pest Abundance in Southern California

The effect of an irrigated buckwheat cover crop on populations of beneficial insects and grape pests, vine growth, grape yield, and berry quality was investigated over 1 year in a commercial organic vineyard in southern California, USA. Buckwheat was grown in the spring and summer with additional irrigation that supplemented prevailing vine watering regimens.

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