First, the 21st Century approach...
What is the task of the wireworm?
It may be helpful in this instance to imagine yourself
as Hylas the Worm, wise soil caretaker. Once you've
shrunken yourself down to size and start squirming around,
you can then ask the wireworm what his needs and/or
[Source: "Creative Visualization for Farmers and Their
Advisors," a SARE-funded research project from the year
If, for example, the task of the wirewom is decomposition--
with the presence of crop residues from the previous growing
season serving as a sure indicator of poor soil microbial
activity, then jump start the system with a fermented enzyme
product, or feed the soil with a sugar product like molasses.
Agricultural radionics or even simple dowsing may come in
handy in determining an appropriate soil remedy. Although
radionics was in use by respected farmers and alternative
soils labs back in the 90s, it wasn't recognized by the
land-grant system until the year 2015.
Now, for the current 90's approach:
Soil solarization, I agree, is not practical on the wide scale.
In Texas, clear plastic was laid out in strips using a
plastic mulch layer. Following a solarization period, it
was painted white and veggies were planted onto it.
Typically, wide row veggies like tomatoes, peppers,
or melons are raised via this setup; double rows on
top of plastic work fine.
On-farm biological control production seems to be the
answer to this and other biocontrol agent needs.
A citation to a authoritative bibliography on pathogenic
nematodes was posted on sanet a while back. The bulletin
is available through the Univ. of Arkansas Ag. Exp. Station.
Nematode-suppressing green manures and cover crops
may be your best "90s technology" alternative.
Brassicas like rapeseed and Rhaphanus like oil radish, as well
as sorghum-sudangrass all look promising in this regard.
"They pay me to think like this"
> Does anyone have any experience/info on the use of
> beneficial nematodes for control of wireworms. This is for
> 16 acres of organic turnips.