[Market-farming] flea beetles

Allan Balliett allan.balliett at gmail.com
Wed Aug 8 08:40:41 EDT 2012


I was reviewing papers years ago about controlling harlequins. In one
paper, trap cropping was focused on. Bottom line: there are two
mustards that put out more of the scent that attracts brassica
herbivores than any standard food crops. If you plant those mustards,
the pests will gravitate to them and you can torch them at some point.
Of course, I forgot the names of those cultivars and, of course, can't
locate that paper. It's probably enough to know that most of these
pests prefer mustards to kales and it's probably enough to know that
if you plant them in proximity to each other they will do even better.

-Allan in WV who better start seeding mustard really soon

On Wed, Aug 8, 2012 at 7:51 AM, Mike Brabo <mdbrabo at att.net> wrote:
> Richard,
> Look forward to trying this idea.
> Is this outdoors or in a tunnel?  Currently we can't burn/flame outdoors due
> to fire danger.  :-(
> Thanks
> Mike
> Vesterbrook Farm - Certified Naturally Grown
> Clarksville, Missouri - Mississippi River Bluffs, Zone 5b-6a
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> On Aug 8, 2012, at 6:16 AM, Richard Stewart wrote:
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> We've been saving about 12" of each of our micro radish rows (or more
> depending on demand) and then we torch them as the next crop is emerging.
> We are killing LOTS of flea beetles.  With the heat and drought they are
> staying tight to micros and we are seeing a nice change after four weeks.
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> Richard Stewart
> Carriage House Farm
> North Bend, Ohio
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> An Ohio Century Farm Est. 1855
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> (513) 967-1106
> http://www.carriagehousefarmllc.com
> rstewart at zoomtown.com
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> On Aug 7, 2012, at 8:20 AM, Sue Wells wrote:
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> Allan,
> When I moved to my farm 4 years ago, there were more bugs here than I ever
> dreamed of. The flea beetles were here all summer and into the fall. Makes
> no sense to me, but they are here. Seems they were a  little late coming out
> this Spring.
> Sue
> Vermont
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