Spider Mite Destroyers and Spined Soldier Bugs!

As you are out in your hopyard, doing your weekly scouting, you may have run across these helpful little fellows: A spider mite destroyer lady beetle, or Stethorus picipes (Figure 1, click on the image to enlarge it), is a very useful beneficial insect and can eat up to 6 spider mites a day.  Both […]

Potato Leafhopper Damage in Hopyards

Savanna Kittell-Mitchell, NW Crops and Soils Program & Dr. Heather Darby, UVM Extension Agronomist Recently, injury and even death of hop plants from potato leafhopper feeding has been observed in Vermont.  Leafhoppers are damaging insects that have an appetite for more than 200 crops.  The potato leafhopper (Empoasca fabae) is considered an economic pest of […]

Crops and Soils Field Day

Location: Borderview Farm, 46 Line Rd, Alburgh, VT Date: Thursday, August 4, 2011 Time: 10:00 am to 3:30 pm Download pdf version of brochure This year’s theme is Cultivating a Healthy Farm! From the ground up, we will highlight healthy soils, healthy crops and healthy people. Come and see over 2,000 research plots focusing on […]

Managing Powdery Mildew of Hops in the Northeast

Powdery mildew (Podosphaera macularis (Wallr.) U. Braun & S. Takam) is one of the predominant fungal diseases that you might encounter in your hopyard.  Any pest issue in your crop can be daunting but a diligent integrated pest management (IPM) approach can help overcome many issues.  The goal of integrated pest management is to integrate […]