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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2011 11:17 am 
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I have had 4 Sunflower plants and a Hubbard Squash plant
get axed half way up there stems like they were pinched by some ones finger nail.
Is this something that a cold wind would do ? Or is this something a bug does ?
Has any one seen this type of thing ?


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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2011 12:08 pm 
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hi
first thought was cut worm. but if they were large then sounds like kid with knife. lee


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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2011 3:00 pm 
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I think it is cutworms....I never have had this happen before.
There not bothering the tobacco at all.
What kills these little bastards ?
Got any home remedies ?


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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2011 3:21 pm 
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hi
if cutworms usually see little hole in ground close to plant . look up B T in google my best idea . or wrap plants in foil . to keep off worms. lee


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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2011 3:48 pm 
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I found this stuff sound like what your talking about ?

BT Caterpillar control it's 8 bucks for a 8oz jug


"EDIT" I just went out to the tobacco patch and one plant was all wilted and laying on it's side
with it's roots exposed not in the ground at all and it looked like they were chomped off right below
the dirt line about an inch below
it's no kids doing this that's for sure


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Every spring birds clip off my some of my tomato plant's. I guess they build nest's with them because they take the top's with them. They're never laying in the garden area. I just replace them and go on.

Chris


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OOps! Just read your EDIT! If its around the soil level it's most likely cutworm's for sure. Get Em! Quick or they'll get yours!

Chris


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Sounds like cutworms, they is bad news. I had them in garden last year and never fully got control. Sevin spray as high a percentage as possible will help.


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Just got back from the hardware store and got some 7 granules your supposed to water it down afterward but it's gonna rain here shortly. My neighbor Vern uses 7 spray on his plum trees every year
My hardware store don't have squat for choice this was 11 bucks for a 10 pound bag.
It kills every thing I can think of.


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hi B T is organic and safe on plants up to the day of harvest. Seven is not organic just my thoughts. lee


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PostPosted: Tue May 17, 2011 5:30 pm 
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smbdyiam wrote:
hi B T is organic and safe on plants up to the day of harvest. Seven is not organic just my thoughts. lee


That was my first choice but the closes store that has it is 45 miles away in The Dalles,Oregon so I went
down to the hardware store here so I could get some stuff on it before tonight
In case it doesn't rain I went out and watered the area so it would release the stuff per the instructions.


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I hate to say it but Orthene will get them quick . It works in the transplant water and as a spray on .
I won't use it unless I have to . So I can keep my tobacco chemical free . It is labeled for alot of vegies .

Alot of farmers use it all the time Even at topping time . More than likely when you smoke a cigarette from Big Tobacco you are getting this and other chemicals .Other countries aren't restricted as much as we are in the USA . No telling what tobacco from some places overseas has in it .


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If you don't use chemicals, physical barriers are your best bet. Make a high collar around the base of the plant that goes into the dirt an inch or two. A toilet paper roll cut in half will work well. Wrap some tinfoil around the stem too. I read that tossing dry corn meal onto the ground near your plants will help kill them off. Apparently they love the stuff but when they eat it, it puffs up and kills them from the inside. Now I've tried that this year but can't tell if it worked much. I've certainly had 'less' cutworm problems as previous years, and I used to have 'em bad. Corn meal is cheap so worth a shot, anyway, along with other measures.


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Well every thing is still there this morning
I'm keeping my fingers crossed hopefully that Seven Granules stuff works.
One thing about this stuff is at least it isn't directly on the leaves.
I was hoping that once I applied it that the bugs would come out of the ground
screaming in agony.... but nope.
I forgot to mention I still have 40 plants to set out side there currently in my green house yet.


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No further plant damage today either.
So far so good


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