Three species of leafhoppers are causing significant losses to alfalfa crops in southern California.
The insects feed on the plant and inject saliva. The plant then creates a stopper which also stunts the growth, causing many fields to turn yellow. University of California Cooperative Extension Entomologist Dr. Vonny Barlow says populations are big in Southern California because of the weather. Stay with AgNet West for management techniques and a breed that could be a fix to the problem all together.