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Trap crop perimeter deters cucumber beetles

publication date: Jun 1, 2005
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Nelson Cecarelli of Northford, Conn., who often lost an entire season’s cucumber crop to voracious cucumber beetles, planted squash around his field perimeter, sprayed minimally, and harvested a bounty of cukes in 2003 and 2004. Cecarelli was one of about 30 farmers in New England to adopt a perimeter trap cropping strategy recommended by a University of Connecticut researcher who, with a SARE grant, tested the theory over two seasons— with terrific results.

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