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Resource Guide for Organic Insect and Disease Management

The 2nd edition of the Resource Guide for Organic Insect and Disease Management is available, produced using funds from a grant to MOFGA from SARE. The book is organized by crop family, and covers pest and disease problems, cultural solutions and organic pesticide recommendations. In addition, there are chapters about organic pesticides with details about reported efficacy. The new book can be ordered or viewed as a pdf at: http://web.pppmb.cals.cornell.edu/resourceguide/.

The Pest Report is produced once every week or two during the growing season. It is a compilation of short discussions of pests and diseases either working the fields or soon to be seen. The discussions include biology of the pest organism, effects on the plant, and recommended solutions.
 
Many of the insects and diseases are repeat offenders and appear every year around the same time. Often, they have been holed up for the winter and at a certain time receive a signal to wake. Other pests do not overwinter here and are simply blown by the wind to our crops from the south or west. In any case, many of the articles may seem familiar because they – along with their problems and solutions – are the same as last year. Some articles will be new because new solutions are available, or sadly, because new pests are showing up in New England.

To quickly find information about a particular pest, Google the pest's name with the word MOFGA and the appropriate Pest Report will pop right up.

Caleb Goossen, Organic Crops Specialist
cgoossen@mofga.org
Phone: (207) 568-6029

Eric Sideman, Organic Crops Specialist
esideman@mofga.org
Phone: (603) 269-6201

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