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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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Pest Report – April 18, 2019

As longtime readers will have already noticed, this is the first Pest Report to come from myself and not Eric Sideman. Though Eric has handed over the reins to the Pest Report, we are glad to have him continuing his work for MOFGA part time! Though it goes without saying for us here in Maine,

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Pest Report – August 1, 2018

In this issue: Spotted Wing Drosophila Hornworms Garlic Problems Spotted wing drosophila on a tomato Drosophila maggot in a berry SPOTTED WING DROSOPHILA Spotted wing drosophila is here and the larvae are in small fruit now. The spotted wing Drosophila, as most of you know by now, is a species of fruit fly that, unlike

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Pest Report – July 6, 2018

In this issue: Cabbage Aphid Squash Bug Powdery Mildew Cabbage aphids, Brevicoryne brassicae Yellowing on a brassica leaf caused by cabbage aphids Another view of cabbage aphids on the underside of a brassica leaf Squash bug eggs Squash bug adult and eggs Squash bug hatch First signs of powdery mildew Effects of powdery mildew late

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Pest Report – June 25, 2018

WARNING: The potato leafhopper is here. The numbers are small so far, but keep your eyes open. Remember, it is very important to scout for the insect. If you wait to see the damage, you waited too long. See the May 29, 2018 issue of the Pest Report for the whole story about potato leafhopper.

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Pest Report – May 29, 2018

In this issue: Powdery Mildew of Tomato Basil Downy Mildew Potato Leafhopper Cabbage Worms Spinach and Beet Leafminer   Powdery mildew on tomato. Eric Sideman photo POWDERY MILDEW OF TOMATO – by Caleb Goossen, modification of Meg McGrath article Powdery mildew has been reported on tomato transplants in Vermont and Massachusetts as well as on

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Pest Report – May 16, 2018

In this issue: MOFGA has a New Crop Specialist Leek Moth Swede Midge Asparagus Beetle Oedema Flea Beetles in Brassicas Potato Seed Problems Onion and Cabbage Maggot Caleb Goossen MOFGA Hires Crop Specialist, Caleb Goossen I am pulling back to very part time, although I hope to stay on the staff at MOFGA as long

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