Category: Pest Control

Pest Report – May 8, 2020

Edema Asparagus Beetle Flea Beetles Imported Cabbageworm The spring has continued to be a good one for drying out the soil, but cold temperatures are sticking around stubbornly. The national weather service has forecasted a relatively high probability of below normal temperatures for the next two weeks, at least. Cool and cloudy conditions favor occurrences

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Pest Report – April 24, 2020

Spring 2020 Strawberry Update Seedling Problems Damping-Off in the Field Seedcorn and Other Maggots Hello and welcome to the first Pest Report of 2020.   The Pest Report is a compilation of short discussions of pests, diseases and practical growing considerations relevant to the time of year. The Pest Report is not prescriptive – just

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Pest Report – August 30, 2019

Never Let ‘Em Set Seed Swede Midge   With shortening days and cooling temperatures, lots of annual weeds are registering these environmental cues as a directive to produce as many mature seeds as they possibly can before their time runs out. Andrew Radin at URI recently wrote about each weed plant’s potential contribution to your

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Pest Report – August 16, 2019

European Corn Borer In Peppers (Among Others) Winter Squash Looks Ready; Should I Harvest?   Farmers and gardeners are truly seeing the fruits of their labors now, with all manner of crops being harvested! As the harvesting season continues and you start to get the harvesting itch while looking at your winter squash, make sure

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Pest Report – August 2, 2019

Good summer conditions have left many of us forgiving and forgetting the cold and wet start to the growing season. However, some of the ramifications from the winter and spring are still showing themselves.     Vern Grubinger wrote a nice summary of mummyberry for highbush blueberries, that he allowed me to share here. It’s

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Pest Report – July 19, 2019

Thanks to everyone that have been passing along their pest sightings. If you’d like a refresher you can always refer back to previous reports, as potato leaf hopper reports have been coming in, basil downy mildew has been identified in a couple locations in the state, and folks have been finding three-lined potato beetles and

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Pest Report – July 5, 2019

Squash vine borer moths have been caught in monitoring traps in New Hampshire, indicating that adults are likely to be flying and laying eggs in Maine soon. Similarly, early sightings of cabbage aphids have occurred in Massachusetts, so it’s best to start scouting for them if you’ve had problems with them before. Cutworms have been

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Pest Report – June 21, 2019

Potato leafhoppers have been found in Massachusetts. Waiting for visible damage to show on your plants is too late for avoiding yield losses, so if you grow beans, potatoes, eggplants, strawberries or hops, now is the time to start scouting for them. Basil downy mildew was found in Rhode Island and on Long Island recently,

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Pest Report – June 7, 2019

The long days of June have found us. If all other needs are met, plant growth rate is determined by a combination of both light and temperature. Which is a round about way of saying, I hope the long-awaited summer temperatures combined with June’s long days will soon have crop growth coming on like gangbusters!

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Pest Report – May 24, 2019

It seems that warmer spring temperatures have finally found us, hurray! That of course also means that warmer temperatures are waking up pests. Flea beetles have shown up in force in southern New England, but are likely to be truly ramping up their activity now that we have some more favorable temperatures. Combine that with

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