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Pest Report – August 11, 2015

Late blight symptoms on tomato leaves Late Blight Alert – August 11, 2015 My vigilance increases as late blight reports get closer. Late blight has been found on tomatoes in Maine. Two new reports north and west of Bangor, and rainy weather coming, means my vigilance is at a high level. I have been scouting

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Pest Report – July 20, 2015

In this issue: Tomato Leaf Diseases Squash Bug Powdery Mildew of Cucurbits Septoria leaf spot Early blight Late blight SUMMER TOMATO PROBLEMS Some farmers and gardeners like to use the same ground year after year for their tomatoes. Often this works, but often it doesn’t – most commonly because of a few tomato diseases that

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Pest Report – June 25, 2015

In this issue: Potato Leafhopper Imported Cabbage and Other “Worms” Colorado Potato Beetle Garlic Bulb (Bloat) Nematode Squash Vine Borer Leafhopper nymph Leafhopper hopperburn on potato leaves POTATO LEAFHOPPERS I have received no reports yet, nor seen them in Maine or New Hampshire, but be on the look out for the potato leafhopper (PLH). It

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Pest Report – June 3, 2015

In this issue: Basil Downy Mildew Seedcorn Maggot Asparagus Beetle Flea Beetles in Brassicas Basil downy mildew Basil downy mildew on the underside of a basil leaf BASIL DOWNY MILDEW It is very early in the season to be mentioning this problem, but once again long distance marketing from large corporations has created an issue.

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Pest Report – August 14, 2014

Yesterday’s rain may bring in, as well as promote, some more late season disease. I want to stress again that knowing what your pest problem is will help avoid it next year as well as perhaps get a handle on it this year. Sometimes it is easy to tell, sometimes I can help by just

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Pest Report – July 18, 2014

The pest season is beginning to pick up. It is time to be scouting to see if you are one of the lucky growers. In this issue: Close-up of spotted wing drosophila on a tomato Spotted Wing Drosophila Black Leg in Potatoes Potato Leaf Hopper on Beans and Potatoes Powdery Mildew in Cucurbit Crops SPOTTED

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Pest Report – July 7, 2014

The growing season so far has been fairly uneventful in that there are no major outbreaks of diseases or pests. Still, I have seen some pests in large numbers and there are some problems looming on the horizon. In this issue: Imported cabbage worms and other caterpillars in Brassica crops and lettuce Late blight   Asiatic

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Pest Report – June 13, 2014

In this issue: Basil Downy Mildew Potato Leaf Hopper Tortoise Beetle Early Blight on Tomato Onion Thrips Basil downy mildew on the upper surface of a leaf … … and on the lower surface. BASIL DOWNY MILDEW I just got from a colleague in New York some pretty bad news that is reminiscent of the

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Pest Report – May 22, 2014

In this issue: Asparagus beetles Mexican bean beetle Flea beetles in brassicas Oedema Asparagus beetle eggs Asparagus beetle larvae Asparagus beetle larva Asparagus beetles Mexican Bean Beetle larva Mexican bean beetles ASPARAGUS BEETLE, COMMON AND SPOTTED Frost first One of the very first questions I received when I began working for MOFGA many, many years

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Pest Report – May 5, 2014

In this issue: Cabbage and onion maggots Mice eating pea seeds Cutworms Onion sunscald The row cover was about 10 feet too short and the cabbage maggot got the last few plants! CABBAGE AND ONION MAGGOT (Reprinted and modified from The Umass Veg Notes) Onion maggot (Delia antiqua) and cabbage maggot (Delia radicum) flies look

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