A cabbage maggot story

There’s a lot of things you can say about this bunch of turnips that made it to market.

Not quite an ideal size balance – one big turnip seems to have slipped in.

The rubber band is very expertly placed. That can go a long way in making a mismatched bunch of roots look good.

There is the matter of that tunneled up root.

Yeah that’s not so hot. Someone’s not going to be happy if they take this bunch home.

How did this happen?

The buncher was probably working at a quick speed and wasn’t looking at all angles of all roots.

And post harvest was likely washing at phenomenal speed and one bunch got through.

But it goes back further …

Yeah, this could be a crop rotation story.


Cabbage maggots love brassicas that stay in the same spot planting after planting.

Laying their eggs and raising their kids in the neighbourhood who then lay their eggs and raise their kids who then …

You’ve got to nip that in the bud.

Break that maggot cycle with another crop family or cover crop.


For cabbage maggots, one crop cycle away from brassicas should do the trick.

Not quite enough time for all those brassica diseases out there.

With the number of brassicas that you probably grow, they should probably be one of the main crops driving your rotation.


Back to this bunch though, this is probably more of an insect-netting-only-doing-97%-of-the-job story rather than a crop rotation breakdown.

The other turnips in that bunch look scrumptious! Hard to imagine getting anything that nice in an area that was growing brassica after brassica.

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