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by Cerena Childress
on September 11, 2012 at 9:48 PM
Surendra, in August I was shown the first infestation I have ever seen at Pilgrim Terrace Community Garden, broccoli plants crawling with them. The gardener removed those plants completely. Then the neighboring plot had them. I have had some on mine, and am hand picking daily. I am following the Infonet-Biodivision information: http://www.infonet-biovision.org/default/ct/103/pests because Infonet is in Africa, one of the places the bug comes from. They already have experience with it.  
 
Locally, Santa Barbara, organic farmer John Givens recently lost an entire bok choy crop to them.
Reply by Surendra Dara
on September 12, 2012 at 8:07 AM
Thanks for letting me know about the infestation in your area. My articles are based on a variety of scientific literature including current information appropriate for our situation. It is a good thought to look at African sources because of the pest’s origin. However, the response of a pest to various treatment options changes as it adapts to its new environments. It is better to consider US or North American sources for management options especially for specific products and their local registration status.
by Cerena Childress
on September 13, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Good point, Surendra! My training is to combine techniques, use several. In this case, with the instant and overwhelming infestations, I can't personally emphasize enough to check your plants daily. I did take the African advice, divided and planted smelly plants - bunch onions, society garlic, garlic chives - between my Brassicas.  
 
Thanks for your wonderful work!
 
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