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Root Rot Complex
Pythium spp., Rhizoctonia solani, Aphanomyces cochlioides

  • Leaves turn yellow and eventually wilt
  • Roots have dark sunken areas and few or no root hairs
  • Fluffy, white to grayish brown fungal growth may be present on rotted areas of the root
  • More information on Root Rot Complex
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Flea Beetles
Disonycha xanthomelas, Systena blanda, and Phyllotreta spp.

  • Heavy feeding may cause wilting
  • Adult feeding on leaves creates shallow pits and small, irregular holes giving it a "shot hole" appearance
  • Adults are small (1/16 to 1/8 inch long), and vary in color from black, bronze, bluish, or brown to metallic gray, while some species have stripes
  • Present throughout the growing season
  • More information on Flea Beetles
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Green Peach Aphid and Turnip Aphid
Myzus persicae, Lipaphis erysimi

  • Feeding by larger numbers of aphids can cause curling, stunting, and wilting of leaves
  • Feeding by small or moderate numbers of aphids usually does not cause visible symptoms;
  • Small insects (1/10th inch long), pear-shaped, usually greenish; clustered on underside of leaves
  • Active during spring and summer
  • More information on Green Peach Aphid and Turnip Aphid

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