New hope for tomato lovers

New instecticide guards against carrier of curly top virus

Photos by Penny Stine

We plant our tomato plants in May in hopes they look like this in July and August. Curly top virus can be a devastating disease for any tomato grower, since the only remedy is to pull out the infected tomato.

According to entymologist Bob Hammon with Colorado State University Extension, there’s a new insecticide on the market that will protect tomatoes from the beet leafhopper, which carries the curly top virus. The beet leafhopper is flying now and could infect your unsuspecting plants.

Look for a systemic insecticide with acetamiprid as the active ingredient. Hammon said to spray now and one more time in 10 days. The product also protects leafy green plants from the spinach leaf miner.


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