On Thursday 20th February at Cantina Sociale in Rivalta (Adige Valley),we talked about the results of the “Sexual Confusion” tecnique that we, together with other vine growers of the area, have been testing in some of the Adige Valley vineyards during 2013.
“Sexual Confusion” is a viticultural practice that aims at protecting the vineyards from some insects without the need to spray insecticides but using a less dangerous method instead, consisting is spreading a pheromone, the same which is produced by the female insects to attract the males.
We are satisfied with the results that we obtained, considering that this is only the first year we have been using this viticultural practice. Furthermore, only a supplementary treatment has been carried out on the second generation.
Since Valdadige is an area where moths can seriously damage the vineyards, we want to increase the use of ” Sexual Confusion” moving from 100 hectares to 230 hectares, with the simple but significant aim of respecting our vines and their precious environment.
English Version by Egle Capilupi