Franklin Journal interviews Fuller about invasive insect that threatens broccoli, cauliflower crops

The Franklin Journal interviewed David Fuller, agricultural and nontimber forest products extension professional IV with University of Maine Cooperative Extension, for an article about the presence of swede midge in Farmington. The invasive insect from Europe and southwest Asia can damage broccoli, cauliflower and other members of the brassica family. The larvae, not the adult flies, cause the damage, Fuller said. “In Brussels sprouts, the sprouts are missing. Broccoli plants are scarred, no heads form. It’s the same with cauliflower,” he said. “Broccoli is affected the most, followed by cauliflower. Cabbage plants form several smaller heads. Kale and collards are also affected.” Swede midge has so far been identified in Franklin and Aroostook counties, Fuller said.