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Pests & Diseases

Diseases and pests diminish crop yields; find out what the current threats are and learn how to battle these yield robbers.


Twenty years of research into controlling a beetle that destroys alfalfa has led to what can be a homegrown remedy.

The larvae of the alfalfa snout beetle, an invasive species that likely came to Oswego in boat ballast in the 19th century, feed on the roots of alfalfa, a valuable north country crop.

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Alfalfa, Medicago sativa L., cultivation occurs worldwide since it was “discovered” in Iran.

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“Weevils and aphids rank among the biggest pests we face on a regular basis.

We spend quite a bit of time monitoring for these problems and then spray when they reach a certain point.

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