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Onion > Leaves > Leaves cut at soil level

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  • Plant is cut off at or just below the soil surface
  • Holes in leaves may be present (spring and early summer)
  • Cutworms are grayish or brownish and up to 2 inches long; typically found during day hiding in soil
  • Damage occurs during spring and summer
  • More information on Cutworms ...

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