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Beware of Caterpillars in Brassica Crops

October 27, 2017

As growers start planting brassica crops, understanding pest pressures becomes increasingly important. Caterpillars can cause significant damage to brassica, so knowing what to look out for and how to handle these insects is a must this season.

When looking for caterpillars, some common species include:

  • Ear armyworms
  • Cabbage loopers
  • Cabbage white butterflies

When these species feed, crops can become overrun. These pests come from moths, so it is important to recognize control options that deter them from laying eggs. Using a pest exclusion system like a lightweight fabric can lock moths out of crops, lessening their ability to reproduce and grow caterpillar populations.

If looking for an insecticide as a solution, we recommend Besiege®, a broad-spectrum foliar insecticide that provides control against lepidopteran, sucking and chewing pests.

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