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Thursday, July 13, 2023 Matt D. Connecticut

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13 is Unlucky… Yellow Striped Army Worm

This is a new pest to show-up on the pumpkin plants and it is a Yellow Striped Army Worm. These insects are aggressive feeders and can quickly eat leaves to the point of defoliation.

While these tend to be an insect of concern on grass and cereal crops such as rye, wheat, sorghum and corn. However, none of these crops are present in the greenhouse so not sure how it got in, (likely from the soil) but these have been seen this year in particular in increased numbers.

At least these are large (easy to spot) insects so initial control has been the old, see and squish method. It does not seem like the numbers are high so by catching them early and physically removing them the hope is the population can be kept under control.

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