The past two weeks have been HOT and DRY across Alabama. We have gotten some scattered storms across the state, but we have also seen a couple of days in the triple digits and a good bit of our crop could use a good drink.
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With the beforementioned weather, we have the potential for the spider mite situation to “blow up” on us quick. One observation that has been reported from multiple regions of Alabama is that spider mites are worse in fields that were treated with acephate back during the thrips window. In some cases, this may have been as many as 3-4 weeks ago. That is not to say they can’t be found in fields treated with other chemistries or fields that weren’t treated for thrips, but make sure to look for mites in fields that were treated with acephate. With that being said, I would strongly consider the potential to flare spider mites when making a plant bug insecticide decision (note: not a spray decision, if plant bugs are at economic levels, we need to get them). In other words, choose a product that is less likely to aggravate mites.
As always, if we can be of any help, please let us know.