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Watch for insect problems in float systems

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By Rick Greenwell

Frequent close inspections of float trays can help to catch insect pest problems early and to minimize seedling losses. Variegated cutworms are the greatest concern, and some damage has been reported. Cutworms found during the week of April 25 were in the 0.75 inch range, just big enough to cause visible damage. Rounded holes in leaves lying on or near the media surface and cut stems are signs of cutworm feeding. They can totally consume very small seedlings.


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