The Swede midge is an invasive small fly that infests cruciferous crops such as broccoli, cabbage, or canola. It was first discovered in Minnesota in 2016 and is affecting crops in Ramsey and Hennepin counties. Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) will be working through the next year to confirm the extent of infestations. Anyone who suspects crop damage from Swede midge should contact the MDA’s Arrest the Pest line at 1-888-545-6684 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The U of M Extension IPM Program will work closely with the MDA to begin adapting IPM strategies for the affected crops as soon as possible.
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