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Managing Aphids in High Tunnels and Greenhouses

One of the more common pest issues across a range of vegetable crops in greenhouses is aphid management. Vegetable production in protected environments is generally used to extend seasons and during these times of the year problems with aphids are

Posted in Greenhouses/High Tunnels, Vegetables

Flea Beetles and Other Insect Pests of Spring Vegetables

While flea beetles are a common problem of spring vegetable crops, they can be particularly troublesome following mild winters. We often refer to flea beetles as if they were a single pest; however, there are several different species of flea

Posted in Vegetables

Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Based on grower accounts during our winter Extension meetings in various counties, brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) problems have increased in many areas within the state. The mild winter also favored higher survival of BMSB, as well. So, home gardeners

Posted in Fruit, General Pests, Vegetables

Cabbage Butterfly

Cabbage butterflies (Figure 1), which are the adult stage of the imported cabbageworm are among the first butterflies to appear in spring. They will visit a range of host plants for nectar, but females lay their eggs on many plants

Posted in Vegetables

Ordering Seeds for Vegetable Gardens

Cool temperatures and the constant threat of snow may make it feel like spring couldn’t be further away, but planning for spring gardens begins during winter months when seeds are ordered. Looking through a seed catalog, store rack, or online

Posted in Vegetables

Vegetable Diseases to Scout for: Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus

Tomato spotted wilt virus (TSWV) has caused more problems than usual this year, particularly in high tunnel tomato. This disease can affect tomato, pepper, potato, eggplant, lettuce, beans, and cucumber along with more than 170 other plant species. TSWV may

Posted in Vegetables

Spider Mites Attacking Tomatoes this Summer

There have been a number of recent reports of two-spotted spider mites on tomatoes, both in high tunnel and field production.  Spider mites are favored by hot dry weather, and we have had several periods fitting this description since mid-April.

Posted in Vegetables