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Trap Crops for Leaffooted Bug Management

This page provides information about the basics of trap cropping suitable for tomato producers. There are links to extension bulletins, magazine articles, and videos listed below. For additional questions, please email bugdoctor@auburn.edu or call Dr. A at 251-331-8416.

Trap crop seed sources: NK-300 is a very attractive sorghum variety for leaffooted bugs. Seed sources include Wilbur-Ellis/Integra Seeds, WA (1-800-500-1698), Chromatin Seeds/Sorghum Partners, TX (1-855-SORGHUM), and other vendors. PEREDOVIK is an early season sunflower that can serve as a trap crop. In Alabama, Kelly Seed Company (Hartford, 334-588-3821) is a reliable supplier of Peredovik sunflower seeds. Organic producers should request UNTREATED SEEDS when calling these seed vendors.


Principles of Trap Cropping (3:26 min)

This video provides basic information about trap cropping for leaffooted bug management in tomato production.

Mixed Trap Cropping System (4:24 min)

Mixed trap cropping is an advanced system of alternative insect control suitable for vegetable production. This video describes sunflower and sorghum trap cropping system for leaffooted bug management.

How to Plant and Manage Summer Trap Crops (3:29 min)

This video provides information about trap crop planting techniques and cultural practices for maintaining a healthy plant stand. Planting techniques of sorghum.

TV Interview - Simply Southern Show No. 221 (August 23, 2016)

This TV interview focused on the benefits of sunflower and sorghum for deterring leaffooted bugs and stink bugs. Plase watch the episode at 22:00 min for the IPM section.

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