[Market-farming] Leafhoppers

Steve Bridges steve at texasgrown.com
Thu Jul 12 17:57:51 EDT 2007


Hi Ken,
Down here in Texas we're hit hard by these critters every year. My wife and
I have a retail, organic plant nursery and a small market garden. We've
tried everything...pyrethrin, Bioganic, orange oils, Neem, oils, soaps,
garlic/pepper, every organic control under the sun. Nothing really comes
close to controlling them. The only thing that seemed to knock them back a
little this year was a double dose of Neem.

Any ideas anyone?

Steve Bridges
Kimas Tejas Nursery



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[mailto:market-farming-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Ken Bezilla
Sent: Thursday, July 05, 2007 11:04 AM
To: market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org
Subject: [Market-farming] Leafhoppers

Good news for our bean crops this year has been no sightings of Mexican bean
beetles.  Not sure why -- the parasitic wasps last year really kept down
their numbers?  Extensive cultivation where last year's crops were?  Dunno.

But glad they're not here!

Bad news is that we've got a new bug on the beans this year, looks to be
leafhoppers.  I'm reading up on organic controls... spraying doesn't sound
easy, since they hang out underneath the leaves (and the leaves are curling
up)... lacewings sound more attractive... anyone have experience with
organic controls for them?

Ken Bezilla
Acorn Community Farm
central Virginia

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