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Pest Report – May 4, 2018

This is the first Pest Report of the spring of 2018. DON’T RUSH I will concentrate in this first pest report on problems that are common when a grower simply tries to push a crop too early. Basically the recommendation will be to calm down, sit tight, and wait for the soil and air to

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Pest Report – August 23, 2017

In this Issue: Garlic Problems Cabbage Aphid GARLIC There are more and more problems with garlic becoming more and more common. Some of these are only transmitted by planting diseased cloves or moving contaminated soil. Here is a bit about some of the common problems to watch out for when buying and planting garlic this

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Pest Report – July 24, 2017

In this issue: Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) Squash Vine Borer Three-lined Potato Beetle Powdery Mildew Squash Bug SWD on a tomato Drosophila maggot in a berry SPOTTED WING DROSOPHILA Spotted wing drosophila captures and presence in small fruit is earlier and bigger than I have ever seen. Even our late strawberries hosted maggots, and I

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Pest Report – June 26, 2017

In this issue: Potato Leafhopper Imported Cabbage Worm and Diamondback Moth Colorado Potato Beetle Leafhopper nymph Leafhopper hopperburn on potato leaves POTATO LEAFHOPPERS The potato leafhopper is here and numbers are exploding in some locations. If you see unexplained yellowing of leaves of beans or potatoes, check for the critter. They primarily feed on beans,

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Pest Report – May 18, 2017

In this issue: Cutworms Asparagus Beetles Oedema Flea Beetles in Brassicas Potato Seed Problems Cutworms around a broccoli seedling CUTWORMS (many species) Cutworms are occasional pests of many crops early in the season, including carrots, peas, onions, spinach, broccoli and the list goes on and on. Some years they result in major losses, other years

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Pest Report – April 28, 2017

DON’T RUSH I will concentrate in this first pest report for 2017 on problems that are common when a grower simply tries to push a crop too early. Basically the recommendation will be to calm down, sit tight, and wait for the soil and air to be more hospitable to tender crops. Of course, I

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Pest Report – December 2, 2016

Downy mildew on spinach Downy Mildew of Spinach If you see this disease on your spinach crop, please respond with answers to the following question to help us develop a response, and future research. 1) Which varieties that you are growing are showing downy mildew? 2) If some of your varieties have downy and some

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Pest Report – July 7, 2016

Hawk moths, adult form of the squash vine borer Squash vine borer, larval phase, inside a zucchini stem. Photo by Massiv99. Licensed under CC0 via Wikimedia Commons SQUASH VINE BORER Squash vine borers are showing up in traps, and I saw an adult sitting on one of my butternut squash just a few days ago.

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Pest Report – May 27, 2016

Current Situation There is not enough water in most of our soils, and the temperature has occasionally been very high, and the sun has been occasional very bright. This spells trouble for seedlings being taken from a very cushy life on the bench in a greenhouse and set out in the harsh environment. The two

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Pest Report – April 28, 2016

DON’T RUSH I will concentrate in this first pest report on problems that are common when a grower simply tries to push a crop too early. Basically the recommendation will be to calm down, sit tight, and wait for the soil and air to be more hospitable to tender crops. Of course, I don’t follow

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