VEGETABLE MONITORING

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) service is available for beet, carrot, cole crops, parsnip, rutabaga, and squash crops.

Weekly visits are made to each field during the growing season to collect and record the occurrence of related insects and diseases. The monitoring period extends from crop emergence to harvest or upon consultation with the grower.  If a disease cannot be identified visually, a plant sample can be sent for analysis to the BCAGRI lab for a separate fee. Recommendations for control will be made when deemed necessary to avoid economic loss. A report is delivered to client after each visit.

It is important to note that IPM service involves the systematic sampling of the crop to assess overall trends in pest populations and does not involve the inspection of every row in the field.

Beets

Weekly visits include visual foliar inspection for the following:

  • Aphids
  • Leafminers
    (Eggs and Larvae)
  • Leaf Spot
  • Other pests of concern
Carrots/Parsnips

Visits are made weekly until carrot rust fly are caught on traps, then a second visit is made each week to check traps only.  For carrot rust fly, our goal is to reduce the amount of pesticides applied by monitoring the number of adult flies in the field.  Carrot rust fly levels are easily monitored by placing yellow sticky traps in each corner of the field and using pre-set thresholds to determine if a treatment is needed.  A visual scan of the field is done while checking traps, and any additional pests, diseases, and weeds are noted.

Insects and diseases monitored for include:

  • Carrot Rust Fly
  • Alternaria
  • Cercospora
  • Other pests of concern
Cole Crops
Weekly visits include visual inspection for the following:

  • Caterpillars (Diamondback, Imported Cabbage Worm, and Cabbage Looper)
  • Aphids
  • Flea Beetles
  • Downy Mildew
  • Leaf Spot
  • Other pests of concern
Squash

Weekly visits include visual inspection for the following:

  • Aphids
  • Springtails
  • Thrips
  • Leaf Blights
  • Powdery Mildew
  • Other pests of concern