[Market-farming] Leaf-footed bugs
steved at ipa.net
Mon Jun 23 00:03:52 EDT 2008
Yeah the true bugs are among the harder to control;
they are built like tanks.
When the leaf-footed bug feeds on tomato fruits they
look awful. A market farmer would really have to
be on their toes.
By happenchance I've come across a cultural observation.
Being a horticulturist who's seen plenty of plant
diseases on tomatoes and cukes, I avoid splashing water
on plants in the evening.
But DW is a "mister". She loves to mist the plants in
late afternoon / evening and says the plants are telling
her that's what they need.
One recent evening she hosed down the tomato jungle.
Soon after I noticed a number of leaf-footed bugs had
crawled to the top of the plants where they were sitting
on upper leaves and bamboo stakes. So they were easy to
spot and pick off.
So I tried it again this evening and sprayed down the
tomato plants with a hose shower. Sure enough, pretty
soon the leaf-footed bugs were sitting on leaves at
top of the plants..... so easy to pick off.
.... with 15 record breaking hot days in May-June 2008
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