Potato Leafhopper Damage in Hopyards

Savanna Kittell-Mitchell, NW Crops and Soils Program & Dr. Heather Darby, UVM Extension Agronomist

Recently, injury and even death of hop plants from potato leafhopper feeding has been observed in Vermont.  Leafhoppers are damaging insects that have an appetite for more than 200 crops.  The potato leafhopper (Empoasca fabae) is considered an economic pest of other common northeast crops such as alfalfa, clover, potato, beans, raspberries, and even young maple trees. Interestingly, grasses are not considered a host.  This article will help you identify leafhopper infestation as well as provide direction on how to control this damaging pest.

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