Successful trap crop
Pacific Gold is proving to be an effective trap crop for the crucifer flea beetle, according to Washington State University researchers.
"We have shown in previous experiments that Pacific Gold is more attractive to the flea beetle than other brassicas, such as rape, collards, pac choi, and Barbarea vulgaris, a weedy mustard," said researcher Joyce Elizabeth Parker.
Pacific Gold is being grown between rows of organic broccoli at organic farm Greentree Naturals in Sandpoint, Idaho, and the WSU research facility at Mt. Vernon, WA.
"I prefer using Pacific Gold as a trap crop because it is easy to seed, does not require transplanting, is hardy and very affordable," said Parker.
We will continue following this research and will provide updates in the research section of MightyMustard.com.