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Beetroot pest

Posted: 25/10/2012 at 01:11

This year my beetroot crop was a wash out. Most of the beets were nibbled away from the top of the root downwards, so that only around a third of the beetroot remained in those beets lucky enough to grow much at all.  People have suggested mice but it does not look like that to me.  From what I have read, it could be cutworm, which are large(3 to 5 cm) larvae of certain moths that live underground and come to eat at the surface of the ground at night.  They are voracious beasts and particularly like red beetroots.  They do best in weedy ground, which I confess describes my vegetable beds very well.  Cultivation and weeding plus regular watering is supposed to help.  Anyone had a similar problem?

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