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Organic management of cucumber beetles in muskmelon

This research was published as:

Gary R. Cline, John D. Sedlacek, Steve L. Hillman, Sharon K. Parker, and Anthony F. Silvernail. 2008. Organic Management of Cucumber Beetles in
Watermelon and Muskmelon Production. HortTechnology 18: 436-444

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Examine the use of companion plants, aluminum-coated plastic, pyrethrin, and row covers as organic methods for managing cucumber beetles in muskmelon production.

Materials and Methods

(A) Control (no pest management)
(B) Pyrethrin insecticide.
Aluminum plastic
(C) Aluminum-coated plastic mulch
Companion Plants
(D) Companion plant rows between melons


Melon yields


Updated July 6, 2009

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