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Paul Wellman

Bagrada bug.


Bagrada Bug No Big Issue


Thursday, October 17, 2013
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Last year, organic farmers freaked out when it became apparent that the bagrada bug had arrived, just a couple years after the African stink bug had first appeared in Los Angeles. This year, the bug, which munches on broccoli, kale, and other cole greens with potentially devastating effects, is back again — with evidence suggesting a spread as far north as the Salinas Valley — but far fewer people are worried. “They’re around, but it’s a completely different story from last year,” said Brian Cabrera, the County of Santa Barbara’s entomologist. “It’s been pretty quiet.” He believes that’s because people expected the return and now know how to deal with it; conventional farmers simply use insecticide to kill the bugs, while organic home gardeners can use an insecticidal soap on the nymphs.

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The article mentions conventional farmers and organic home gardeners but fails to identify impact on organic farmers, whose only viable response is to not plant cruciferous/brassica crops.

valleyfarmer (anonymous profile)
October 17, 2013 at 4:56 p.m. (Suggest removal)

The Bagrada Bug is here and feeding and breeding in Carpinteria on my small organic market farm. Many crops are being attacked but it is the leafy greens that become a total loss from feeding damage, for example: arugula, Asian greens, mustards, kales, collard greens. Seedlings of many other cruciferous crops become stunted and deformed from the feeding of Bagrada Bugs.

MarshallC (anonymous profile)
October 18, 2013 at 8:14 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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