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UF/IFAS Industrial Hemp Pilot Project

UF/IFAS Industrial Hemp Pilot Project

Insect and Mite Pests of Hemp


Mite and insect pests are going to be an issue in the production of Industrial Hemp in Florida fields, shade structures and greenhouses.  Crops will turn over rapidly but so will many of the pests we have already detected as part of the University of Florida Pilot Program.

This site is not meant to replace what is the best resource for insects and mites that attack hemp (Colorado State Hemp Insect Website). This site is aimed at presenting information about Florida arthropod pests and their management. 

Making recommendations on how to manage the pests we discuss in this website will be forthcoming.  Because this is a new crop and we have very little Florida data on how to manage them it will take a while to determine what is both effective and safe for the crop.  We will use the FDACS Florida Pesticide List to determine which products we will evaluate. As you will see, there are 4 pages of products approved for use on hemp in Florida.  This list will change over time, but it is all we have at this point.  We can't evaluate all the materials listed and thus we will limit what we evaluate to products we have funding to evaluate or products that meet other criteria set my each of us who are planning to conduct such research.


Mites of Industrial Hemp in Florida



Many people have worked on this website and we really appreciate all of their technical help with both content and web design.  I would especially like to thank the taxonomists at FDACS-DPI.  The scientists at DPI are world class taxonomists that are critical to the ability of research and extension personnel being able to conduct their work.  Dr. Muhammad Z. Ahmed is the expert on the literature and which pests actually feed on industrial hemp. He has been instrumental in furthering our knowledge of the potential pests of hemp in Florida.

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions please contact either Lance S. Osborne (LSOSBORN@UFL.EDU), Cindy McKenzie (CINDY.MCKENZIE@USDA.GOV), Juanita Popenoe ( or Erich Schoeller (