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Old 06-29-2010, 04:20 AM   #21
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Pheromone traps not working as well as last year, but soapy water is working. Primary issue with soapy water is vigilance. It works every time, but I need to do it often, sometimes every day. I have 17 plants (lost one), I'm spending a lot of time walking around, even getting on a ladder, spraying plants. I'll do it, just pointing out the time involved.

Seperate from that, I've spotted cones developing on my strongest plants.

 
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Old 06-29-2010, 07:22 AM   #22
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I spray Orthene before burs and Pyrethin after burs. I don't care if I'm, "Organic".
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Old 06-29-2010, 01:57 PM   #23
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I'll look into both of those. For me, "Organic" is bragging rights. I've already sprayed once, so I can't call this years hops "Organic", but I figured I could try some organic stuff just to see how it works. If didn't work well, the sprays would come out.

 
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Old 06-29-2010, 03:50 PM   #24
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I have the cardinals and grackles chasing them around and snacking on them, but I am guessing they will be tired of beetles by the time they are really swarming.

I was up in the tops last night picking some early cones and saw a few beetles and several leaves pretty well chewed. Also found one caterpillar... doh!! Didn't look like any of the usual mass-damage-causing worms like cutworms of cabbage worms, so I am hoping it's just a lonely moth caterpillar as we have a few white moths we've seen around.

 
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Old 06-29-2010, 04:06 PM   #25
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Not far from you guys, but I haven't seen a beetle yet (knock on wood). I have a river birch that they completely love and it is vacant to this point. Retrofit maybe your bags are keeping them from house Also, haven't seen any more micro caterpillars.

 
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Old 06-29-2010, 04:15 PM   #26
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Yet, they love my birch and my beans are far enough along that they are on them like flies on ****. Not too many yet.

 
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Old 06-30-2010, 03:22 AM   #27
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Oach, want me to drive some over? Any cones yet? You gotta see my Chinnook, baby cones, 20 odd feet high, two seperate bines are going wide, getting tied together, just a huge mess of Chinnook hopness. Which is a good thing.

 
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Old 07-05-2010, 06:29 AM   #28
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a hell of a forth for me... arrived home after a rest at the cabin only to find the little bastards happily munching away on all 6 of my plants... just about wiped me out last year, here we go again
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Old 07-05-2010, 05:11 PM   #29
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Just saw my first one on the hops this morning. But I have killed about 25 off my saint johns wort bush. Happy to know that they prefer that!

 
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Old 07-06-2010, 02:12 PM   #30
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Along the same lines, I found 4 Japanesse beetles on my marigolds this morning. Gave'em a spray with some pet-safe spray, which they didn't seem to appreciate.
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