[Market-farming] Insect Pressure

Road's End Farm organic87 at frontiernet.net
Thu May 31 10:10:02 EDT 2012

On May 31, 2012, at 5:22 AM, Dalew Farms wrote:

> Flea beetles are much stronger than we've ever seen them. [ . . .]   
> Any thoughts on the pros and cons of using rotonone dust?

I used to use rotenone for flea beetles, years ago. On my place it  
provided good control temporarily, though the population would  
sometimes rebound later. I do remember hearing about resistant  
populations, however, so if it's commonly used in your area that might  
be a concern.

It's also no longer acceptable for organic production; hasn't been  
since the USDA standards took over, and I think wasn't allowed by some  
certifiers before then. I think the concern was that the manufacturer  
wouldn't disclose all the "inert" ingredients, but there was if I  
recall correctly also some concern that toxicity levels to mammals  
might have been underestimated. I'm also fairly sure it's toxic to  
fish; and it is fairly broad spectrum to insects. When I did use it I  
was careful to only use it on the crops I was having problems with, so  
beneficials in other crops weren't damaged.

-- Rivka; Finger Lakes NY, Zone 6A now I think
Fresh-market organic produce, small scale

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