Most vegetable growers in Iowa are selling their produce through direct-to-consumer markets such as CSAs and Farmer’s Markets. Broccoli is one of the crops widely sold in these markets. An important challenge in broccoli production is the intensive use of pesticides (conventional and organic) to manage pests such as cabbage loopers, imported cabbage worm, flea beetles, and cabbage aphids that cause immense damage by direct feeding and defoliating the plant. OMRI-approved organic insecticides are expensive, require frequent re-application, and often fail to suppress these pests.
How to Cite:
Nair, A. & Lang, K. & Bilenky, M., (2019) “Effect of Row Cover Materials and Cultivars in Broccoli Production Systems”, Iowa State University Research and Demonstration Farms Progress Reports 2018(1).