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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.


“Secondary” soil insects including wireworms, seedcorn maggots and white grubs, feed on seeds or young developing corn plants.

This weakens plants, reducing stands and yields, and may result in replanting in severe cases. This article will discuss secondary soil insect damage to corn and management options available.

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After 21 years of work, Cornell researchers are spreading the word about an on-farm biocontrol method to solve the problems caused by the destructive invasive species alfalfa snout beetle (ASB).

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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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