Vegetable Crop Insect Scouting

David Owens, Extension Entomologist,

Asparagus is emerging from the soil and air temperatures have been favorable for insect activity. Be on the lookout for asparagus beetle. If 5-10% of spears are infested with adults, or 2% of spears with eggs, treatment may be advised. Please refer to the Mid-Atlantic Vegetable Production Recommendations for treatment options if necessary, which can be found here:

Imported Cabbageworm adults are active (see the Guess the Pest answer in this edition from last week’s challenge). Begin scouting for worm activity.