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David Sparks Ph.d Flea Beatles
by David Sparks Ph.d, click here for bio

Program: Line on Agriculture
Date: June 17, 2019

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There are a couple of reasons why this next story caught my eye. First, I am a big fan of planting canola as a cover crop. Canola is rapidly gaining acreage as a rotation alternative with small grains and other crops. Grown in several regions of the U.S., canola has strong demand as a healthy vegetable oil. Canola’s main selling point has been its low level of saturated fats, making it popular as a cooking oil and for use in processed foods. Second point of interest…. What in the dickens is a flea beetle? They are small jumping insects (similar in appearance to fleas) commonly found in home gardens early in the growing season. These small jumping insects can cause big problems for many vegetable plants as well as canola. Many species of flea beetles are found throughout the United States. OK. Now that we have that straight, as the weather warms up, growers are starting to notice more flea beetles showing up in their canola crops. Extension agent Anitha Chirumamilla talks about how pre-treated seed works to kill the pest

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