Last Updated on April 21, 2021 by Caroline Warwick
The UF/IFAS Industrial Hemp Pilot Project has a new video resource available for industrial hemp growers: Mites of Industrial Hemp in Florida.
The video, narrated by UF/IFAS Mid-Florida Research and Education Center (MREC) professor of entomology Lance Osborne, discusses known mite pests of industrial hemp in Florida. The presentation also details physical, cultural and biological controls of various mite species.
“Scouting is the foundation of any pest management program and is absolutely critical,” Osborne said.
Mites impact industrial hemp in both the field and the greenhouse, causing distorted growth and leaf loss. Left untreated, mite infestations can be lethal to plants.
This narrated presentation details the three most important groups of mites attacking hemp in Florida: Eriophyidae, Tarsonemidae and Tetranychida.
To watch the video, visit the MREC website.