Cabbage Aphid

Biological information: Common name: Cabbage Aphid Scientific name: Brevicoryne brassicae (Linnaeus) Family or class: Aphididae Symptoms and/or signs to watch out for: Leaves curling around dense colonies Aphids damage the plant by building up in dense, sticky clumps Life cycle: Life cycle 16-50 days, shorter at higher temperatures Can be 15 generations in one season … Continue reading Cabbage Aphid

Hairy Vetch

Biological information: Common name: Hairy Vetch Scientific name:Vicia Villosa Family or class: Fabaceae Symptoms and/or signs to watch out for: small slender green shoots that spiral and cling to other plants Life cycle: Perennial establishes in fall grows through winter and spring flowers late summer through early fall Mode of reproduction: taproot or rhizome Seed … Continue reading Hairy Vetch

Phytophthora

Biological information: Common name: Phytophthora Scientific name: Phytophthora sojae, Phytophthora ramorum, Phytophthora spp. Family or class: Oomycetes Symptoms and/or signs to watch out for: Wilted leaves Dull green, yellow, red, or purple leaves Gummy sap oozing out of crown Water-logged spots on roots Dead seedlings Loss of vigor Life cycle: Spores live in soil for … Continue reading Phytophthora

Worst Drought in Northeast this Decade has Broad Impacts

When the word drought is said, thoughts of California and the Salinas Valley come to mind. Thoughts of large Midwestern irrigation system and raging wildfires also emerge. Most do not think of the Northeast as a place of drought. But if you are a farmer in the Northeast or have spent any time here for … Continue reading Worst Drought in Northeast this Decade has Broad Impacts

Flea Beetle

Biological information: Common name: Flea Beetle Scientific name: Alticini spp., Phyllotreta spp., Podagrica spp.    Family or class: Chrysomelidae Symptoms and/or signs to watch out for: Presence of adult beetles on leaves Flea Beetles damage plants by chewing small holes in the foliage Watch for sudden burst of jumping black spots among leaves Life cycle: … Continue reading Flea Beetle