Flea Beetle Control in Eggplant

Published Jan 9, 2013

In a Nutshell

One of the biggest pest problems in organic production of egg plant is flea beetles. In this study, two farms tested the effectiveness of kaolin clay and row covers. The treatments were not significantly different from each other in most years. Overall, greater eggplant protection, either from the kaolin clay or row covers, increased the total yield of the marketable eggplants. Weighing the costs and time needed to apply these crop protections with the potential income is a critical next step for eggplant farmers.