Beet Curly top disease is an infection to beet plants that is spread by the beet leafhopper. This disease can spread to other crops such as tomatoes. Crinkly leaves are a sign of this infection. Planting restraint cultivars and keeping the garden free from weeds can prevent curly top disease. Leafhoppers like sunny areas so planting in a shaded area can prevent this infection. If a diseased plant is identified, it must be removed from the garden.
- The curly top virus can easily spread from beets to other crops.
- Leafhoppers are pests that can spread the curly top virus to over 300 different plant species.
- Plant cultivars that are adapted to your area in shaded weedless spots.
“Leaves on beets that are dwarfed, crinkled and rolled are a sign of beet curly top disease.”