Bug Scout 1979
Beware of Damage Caused by Alfalfa Insects
(Tom Turpin, Entomologist, Purdue University)
You're supposed to collect the insects - not beat them to death!
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April 21, 1979

Alfalfa growers in the Midwest should be aware of potential damage caused by three major insect pests. They are the meadow spittlebug, alfalfa weevil, and potato leafhopper.

The spittlebug and alfalfa weevil normally attack the first cutting. Leafhoppers can be a problem on second, third and fourth cuttings.

The benefits from control of alfalfa insect pests can be substantial. As with insect pests on other crops, control decisions should be based on accurate insect counts.

For alfalfa insects, this may mean using an insect net. That's a problem! Growers sometimes express concern about being seen "swinging a bug net" in alfalfa fields.

The benefits of making an accurate assessment of the need for insect control in alfalfa far outweigh the "risks" of being seen with a bug net.

by Tom Turpin, Entomologist, Purdue University

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