[Market-farming] Japanese Beetles and Japanese Plums

Andy Fellenz fellenz at fltg.net
Thu Jul 17 22:18:45 EDT 2008


I'm doing a lot better with the traps than without.  2 years ago I lost 
every plum to the beetles, at least this year I harvested the first 
variety. 

Andy

David Guthrie wrote:
> Hi Andy:
>
> . . .get rid of the traps. . .at least that's what the extension guy told 
> me. . .
>
> we went to a field day at a University of Illinois test plot and one of the 
> presenters said that japanese beatle traps (with pheremones?) attract your 
> neighbor's beatle population. . .so if you don't want to increase the 
> numbers around your place get your neighbor to put in the traps. . .the guy 
> said a barrel full of beatles over a short time period wasn't unusual . . . 
> we've got them too. . .so far they just eat my fruit trees and the pin oaks. 
> . .i'd be interested in organic controls as well !
>
> David Guthrie
> Illinois
>
>
>
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Andy Fellenz" <fellenz at fltg.net>
> To: "Market Farming" <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
> Sent: Thursday, July 17, 2008 5:17 PM
> Subject: [Market-farming] Japanese Beetles and Japanese Plums
>
>
>   
>> Hi,
>>
>> I'm looking for approved organic controls for Japanese Beetles.  I put
>> in a fair number of traps on the farm perimeter this season which have
>> been catching lots of beetles, but found beetles in my Japanese Plums
>> today.  I harvested the first variety without any beetle damage, but
>> when I checked today almost every plum in the first variety which had
>> been missed - we finished the pick at dusk - had Japanese Beetle
>> damage.  I have two more varieties which still need to ripen and haven't
>> been attacked yet.  Any suggestions for controlling the beetles?
>>
>>
>> Thanks,
>>
>> Andy
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