The manager of the student farm,
Jeremy Moghtader asked me to
help out if I could. Well we do have a listserv and perhaps some of you have
experience with foggers, may like to rent one or could share your experience with
Patrick at Earthworks garden in
Hope someone can help him out.
is Patrick at earthworks in
I have a little problem, and was hoping you or John might be
able to guide me in the proper direction.
I have a serious outbreak of aphids in my asparagus. now, I usually
just let things work themselves out and don't worry to much as
I feel like spraying tends to just cause more problems, but its only
the third year, and my research leads me to think that since
the plants are so young it could cause there long term productivity
to suffer, and there are just a ton, a ton of aphids.
Since the foliage of the asparagus is so dense and lush (likely
part of the reason for such huge outbreak) using a sprayer wouldn't
really work. I need one of them backpack foggers.
so the first question is do you know if there is some sort of list serve or something
that I could post a request to borrow one. or is there a farmers co-op that rents them. I
would really prefer that it not have been used by conventional growers though.
and second I was thinking it might be best to just buy one, since I'm certain I'll have
to make 3 or 4 apps to get everything in check. plus I suspect it would be a handy thing
to have around since we have a good number of fruit plants that I'm just waiting to start having
problems of some sort. I can't afford one of the really fancy ones, even if I could it seems sort of silly to have such a powerful one for such a small operation. I was looking at something a little cheaper, and was wondering if you had an experience with them. I just don't want to
get something that's a total piece of crap. see example here http://bugsource.com/fogmaster_jr.html
thanks for all you time and help, and if you know nothing could you pass this on to someone who could. hope your season is going well.
M. Patrick Crouch
Greenhouse Manager / Field Coordinator
Organic Vegetable and Crop Outreach Specialist
C.S. Mott Sustainable Food Systems
303 Natural Resources Bldg.
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