Flower strips

Flower strips are mostly strips of land sown at the edge of fields. Colorful blooming plants are often planted with seeds in spring. Starting at the end of May, many different plants begin to bloom and promote local biodiversity. This is how beneficial insects find a habitat and can control pests such as leaf beetles and aphids in arable crops. This also allows the amount of plant protection products required to be reduced.

As a measure to protect the flora and fauna, flower strips are also subsidized by the federal government. Their effectiveness in pest control has been proven in wheat and potatoes, among others. Honey bees and wild pollinators such as bumblebees, hoverflies and wild bees also love the variety of flowers that arise. Insect-pollinated crops also benefit from flower strips. Due to cost savings and efficiency gains, they are popular with farmers and these brightly colored stripes are also widely accepted by the general public. They are also valuable components of the biodiversity network.