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Tomato > Stem > Chewed stems

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  • Damage occurs during spring and summer
  • Stem chewed within 1 inch of base of plant (occurs during spring)
  • Can chew holes in leaves (spring and early summer)
  • Can chew holes in tomato fruit (summer)
  • Cutworms are grayish or brownish and up to 2 inches long; typically found during day hiding in soil
  • More on cutworms

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