[Market-farming] Leafhoppers

Ken Bezilla kenbez at hotmail.com
Thu Jul 12 23:15:54 EDT 2007

More re: leafhoppers -- talking with Virginia extension agent Andy Hankins 
last week, he hypothesized that maybe the dry spell earlier this spring had 
something to do with their being a problem this year.  (From some of the 
reading I've done, the reason for this being that wet conditions encourage 
bacteria that infect the leafhoppers and keep their numbers down.)  He said 
getting lacewings probably wouldn't help, since we already have enough 
beneficial flowers around to support our own lacewing population.  He 
recommended 3 possible sprays -- Safer Soap as an immediate slow-them-down 
control, and then, more potently, neem and Beavaria Bassiana (bacterial).

(Thanks to Pam Dawling for supplementing up my memory on this!)

Ken Bezilla
central VA

>From: "Steve Bridges" <steve at texasgrown.com>
>Reply-To: Market Farming <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
>To: "'Market Farming'" <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
>Subject: Re: [Market-farming] Leafhoppers
>Date: Thu, 12 Jul 2007 16:57:51 -0500
>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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>Subject: [Market-farming] Leafhoppers
>Good news for our bean crops this year has been no sightings of Mexican 
>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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