[Market-farming] Pesticide resistance

clearviewfarm at bluefrog.com clearviewfarm at bluefrog.com
Wed Aug 27 12:32:12 EDT 2008


Since I have rutabagas planted (first time for me and organic) and are still under row cover, do you think it's necessary to keep them under cover until harvest or until after the 1st killing frost or some other time? 

Thanks,
Kurt Forman 
Clearview Farm 
Palmyra, NY 14522

--- rrobinson at nasw.org wrote:

From: Richard Robinson <rrobinson at nasw.org>
To: Market Farming <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
Subject: Re: [Market-farming] Pesticide resistance
Date: Wed, 27 Aug 2008 09:52:39 -0400

 On Tue, 26 Aug 2008 22:44:19 -0500, Shawnee Flowerfarmer wrote:
>> That said, I discovered this morning that my rutabagas are history...
>>
>> --So....what happened to the rutabagas?  Come on...what's the rest of the
>> story?

Having had terrible problems with a striped cabbage caterpillar destroying my big fat rutabagas last year, this year I kept them under row cover from birth, and checked on them periodically until they were 6 inches tall or so, then ignored them until yesterday. They are infested with aphids, which have killed most of them and crippled the rest. I expect I excluded aphid predators...so much for the complex ecosystem! No great loss, since these are only in the kitchen garden, and I am not a huge rutabaga fan, but it does seem terribly unfair nonetheless.

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 Richard Robinson
 http://www.nasw.org/users/rrobinson/
 

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