Hemp russet mites on a hemp leaf. Several mites can be seen hanging from the leaf edge, a behavior that allows these mites to become wind-borne. Image credit: Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org
Hemp showing signs of feeding injury from hemp russet mite. Note the distorting of the bud and new leaves. Image credit: Whitney Cranshaw, Colorado State University, Bugwood.org
Developing IPM for hemp pests in organic hemp production
Consumer preference for organically produced goods has increased steadily, but our ability to support pest management with research-supported recommendations has lagged far behind. This research is focused on exploring how organic production affects soil health and contributes to increased plant resilience against pests. Our goal is to quantify the effectiveness of integrated approaches to suppress key pests of hemp and their impact on profitability of hemp in context of organic production framework. This is a collaborative project with the Nachappa Lab supported by the USDA Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative program.