Worm pressure heavy on Central Coast

It’s been chomp, chomp, chomp on lettuce, broccoli and cauliflower along the California coast, according to Jim Dana, PCA with Western Farm Service in Santa Maria.

“We’ve seen a tremendous amount of worm pressure,” he says. “There’s everything from armyworms to loopers to diamond back moth.”

However, that pressure could take a dive shortly if temperatures remain cool. In the meantime, the cool snap has slowed down crop maturity which is a mixed blessing depending on the perspective.

“Last Friday temperatures dropped quite a bit,” Dana says. “It was a lot colder so I expect that that the worm pressure will fall off fairly dramatically if this trend continues. We recorded 34 degrees in Los Alamos a few days ago.”

In terms of disease pressure, downy mildew is still haunting lettuce growers along the coastal areas.