Swede midge is an invasive insect pest that has been found in Vermont since 2006, but is recently expanding its range. The midge attacks the growing tips of brassica plants. In regions of Canada where the midge has been established, damage levels can reach 100%. Although best management practices have been developed for conventional brassica production, only a few moderately successful tactics are possible for organic brassica production. This workshop discusses what is known about the midge, how to monitor for the midge, typical damage signs, and the current best practices for controlling the midge in organic systems. Funded by a NE SARE Partnership grant.
Dr. Yolanda Chen, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, University of Vermont.
Andy Jones, the manager of Intervale Community Farm
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