Plant crops in spring rather than autumn
Overall effectiveness category No evidence found (no assessment)
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
Sowing crops in autumn is commonly used to advance the harvest, as the crop begins to grow when sown and then overwinters as small plants in the ground. However, this head-start means that the crop flowers earlier, and may be too early to be beneficial for butterflies and moths. In addition, the disturbance to the previous year’s stubble in autumn may kill butterflies and moths of any life-stage which are overwintering within the harvested crop. Planting crops in spring may, therefore, mitigate these impacts.