Using perimeter trap cropping and a flaming unit to control for squash bugs and cucumber beetles in cucurbits

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2007: $5,022.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2009
Region: Northeast
State: New York
Project Leader:
Raymond Luhrman
Fox Creek Farm

Annual Reports


  • Vegetables: cucurbits


  • Crop Production: contour farming
  • Education and Training: demonstration, extension, farmer to farmer, on-farm/ranch research
  • Farm Business Management: community-supported agriculture, marketing management
  • Natural Resources/Environment: hedges - woody
  • Pest Management: flame, mulching - plastic, trap crops, traps
  • Soil Management: nutrient mineralization, organic matter
  • Sustainable Communities: analysis of personal/family life

    Proposal summary:

    Squash bugs and cucumber beetles are serious pests in cucurbits, reducing yields by vectoring diseases and causing direct feeding damage. This project will look at whether it is feasible to combine perimeter trap crops, trap boards, and propane flaming to control these pests in butternut squash. Outreach will be through farm tours, newsletter articles, and presentations.

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.