Pest Report – August 29, 2013 Compiled by Eric Sideman, PhD, MOFGA’s Organic Crop Specialist We have moved past the problems associated with the very wet summer that many of us experienced. In fact, many growers are now complaining about the lack of rain. Now the typical late summer problems are popping up, and some
This week offered much better weather for farmers. The summer bounty is beginning and many crops are looking good. On the other hand, as a pessimist I need to point out that some of the impact of the extreme weather (extremely hot or extremely wet) that filled most every day of the summer until this
Compiled by Eric Sideman, PhD, MOFGA’s Organic Crop Specialist Leafhopper burn Squash bug eggs Early blight on tomatoes Septoria leaf spot As I write this it is raining again. Pouring you could say. Crops in soils with good drainage are doing well. Some soils have been waterlogged nearly every day of the season so far.
At this time the major concern in my mind is the number of leafhoppers I am seeing on beans, potatoes, and other crops too. Check the June 6 Pest Report for details on this pest, and scout your crops. Of course, the other major concern is wet weather, again. But I don’t want to talk
In this issue: Squash bug Squash Vine Borer Garlic bulb nematode Tortoise beetle Buttoning of broccoli It is wet again. Crops that were just beginning to recover are again turning yellow because of dying roots (no air) or loss of nitrogen (see the June 6 Pest Report for a discussion of how nitrogen is lost