Mites

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Question:

Are we going to get hit hard with spider mites if this hot and dry weather continues?

Answer:

Yes. However, we often see hot and dry spells followed by cooler and wet periods so no need to panic, but certainly a time to keep our eyes open for spots long the field edges. The spring wasn’t a particularly good one for giving mites a head start, but two weeks of temps in the upper 90s with no rain can change things in a hurry. Spider mites aren’t the threat they used to be due to changes in pesticides we use and how we use them, but if conditions are favorable they could become a problem. I will do my best to keep you updated and please let me know if you see any problems.

Article first appeared as North Carolina Peanut Note (PNNC-2015-063)