Researchers looking for new ways to combat wireworm
Christine Norohna from Agriculture Canada has already done some research using buckwheat and brown mustard as rotation crops. She said researchers plan to expand on that, and look at some other possibilities.
"Come up with a management strategy that we could give to the growers and say ‘you could use this and it would help you reduce your populations,’" Norohna said.
Wireworm is a pest that spends four years in the ground, feeding on vegetables such as potatoes, carrots and cabbage. Then it turns into a click beetle and moves onto other fields.
Wireworm is an expensive problem. In 2009, close to $3 million was paid to Island farmers who lost crops to the pest.
An insecticide called Thimet has been used to combat wireworm.
Thimet was supposed to be de-registered by Health Canada next year, but that's been extended to 2015.
That's a relief for potato growers, who contributed $170,000 of the $500,000 going into the research project.
The rest of the money is coming from the federal government.