Plant onion in October to beat the cutworms!

By planting onion in October to November, you can avoid cutworm damage


CUTWORMS are among the most destructive pests of onion.They can devour the whole field of young plants in just one night. They can devour an entire field in just one sweep! How does that happen? 

WORM EGGS ON DRY SOIL – Well, the moths lay their eggs on dry soil. When the eggs hatch, the worms are voracious eaters at night and can finish the whole field before daylight.

PLANT SEEDLINGS IN OCTOBER – However, there’s a way to avoid cutworm damage, according to Wencelito Gomez, general manager of Kalasag Farmer Producers Cooperative based in San Jose City, Nueva Ecija. The trick, he says, is to plant the seedlings early, meaning in October to November. By doing so, the onions will already be harvestable by February the following year.

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