Integrating Landscape Diversity Impacts on Pest Control into the EPIC model

Introduction

Agroecosystem simplification, or the expansion of ag land supporting a single crop type is an important cause behind the decline in farmland biodiversity.

Ecosystem services associated with biodiversity, like nutrient recycling, microclimate regulation and natural pest control have deteriorated.

Nearly 93 million ha of land have been in corn or soybean production for at least 2 years between 2007-2010.

Cropping Intensity in Coterminous U.S. 2007-2010