Saturday, May 28, 2022

Florida Hemp, Luna Moth & IPM

 

Luna Moth & Hemp Entourage Effect #biodiversity

Luna, the moon moth is a member of Actias genus in the Saturniid family. We love caterpillars & moths in our #Hemp cultivation area as they contribute to our amazing hemp #entourage effect & actually are an important matrix member of our #nativeplant & #biodiversity based #IPM efforts. #ArendellHillNursery #CBD #FreshFromFlorida #Permaculture #Organic

Florida Hemp, Leaf Miner Damage & IPM

Florida Hemp exhibiting leaf miner damage

 Leaf miner damage in #hemp leaves. Leaf miners are collectively a group of insects whose larvae 'mine' interior of leaves where minimal cellulose is encountered & where larvae are protected from predators. Many leaf miner species we see in our #hemp cultivation area are members of the moth, Lepidoptera, order. Leaf miner damage to hemp occurs via reduced overall plant photosynthesis & also from fungal & viral infections introduced into the plant through the leaf miner tunnels inside leaves. We use a combination of #IPM methods to control leaf miners including; bird feeding stations, yellow sticky cards with solar night lights, native plant companion plantings, lure plantings and occasional Neem or Spinosad spray applications (both organic approved). #integratedpestmanagement absolutely works best for our #FloridaHemp growing. #ArendellHillNursery #CBD #CBG #Fiber #FreshFromFlorida #Permaculture #Organic


Friday, May 27, 2022

Green Heron Dawn Flight Calls, SMNWR


One minute May 2022 sunrise heron, most likely green heron, Butorides spp., flight calls from out of the sawgrass marsh area east of Lighthouse Road and north of Headquarters Pond in the St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge. Other birds include the mourning dove and red-winged blackbirds. Pig frogs, southern field crickets and wrens may also be heard. Sony PCM D100 recorder, LOM Mikro Usi microphones, windbubbles and drybags.


Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Florida Hemp, Spiders Ambush Pest Insects

Spiders love flowers in our pollinator section of #hemp cultivation area. So many lying in wait to surprise unsuspecting bugs. Spiders are great #IPM team members! #arendellhillnursery #permaculture #spiders #bugs #integratedpestmanagement #floridahemp #cbd #850hemp https://t.co/YVDAUd1NMi

Sunday, May 22, 2022

Florida Hemp, Controlling Glossy Winged Sharpshooters


 Do you know this sucking bug?  It’s a Glossy Winged Sharpshooter, Homalodisca sp., & is sucking on xylem of my #hemp crop. A green anole though is about to catch & eat it. GWSSs transmit Xylella bacterium damaging plants. Birds & anoles are good controls for this native bug who also leaves copious amounts of anal discharge. #floridahemp #freshfromflorida #ipm #permaculture #organic #cbd #arendellhillnursery #welovebugs #bugs 
 Do you know this sucking bug?  It’s a Glossy Winged Sharpshooter, Homalodisca sp., & is sucking on xylem of my #hemp crop. A green anole though is about to catch & eat it. GWSSs transmit Xylella bacterium damaging plants. Birds & anoles are good controls for this native bug who also leaves copious amounts of anal discharge. #floridahemp #freshfromflorida #ipm #permaculture #organic #cbd #arendellhillnursery #welovebugs #bugs 
 Do you know this sucking bug?  It’s a Glossy Winged Sharpshooter, Homalodisca sp., & is sucking on xylem of my #hemp crop. A green anole though is about to catch & eat it. GWSSs transmit Xylella bacterium damaging plants. Birds & anoles are good controls for this native bug who also leaves copious amounts of anal discharge. #floridahemp #freshfromflorida #ipm #permaculture #organic #cbd #arendellhillnursery #welovebugs #bugs 

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Florida Hemp, Green Anoles for Hemp IPM

Green anole, Anolis carolinensis, on pest patrol duty in our #hemp cultivation area. The native green anole eats twice their weight in pesky bugs (we love most bugs!) every day. #Floridahemp #freshfromflorida #arendellhillnursery #ipm #anoles #pestcontrol #fiber #cbd https://t.co/wKMGh0bKzC

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Florida Hemp, Catnip Companion for IPM & Entourage Effect

Catnip growing in w our #hemp for #Entourage effect & #IPM. #terpenes #floridahemp #arendellhillnursery #cbd #cbg #catnip #permaculture #freshfromflorida #fiber https://t.co/FFtC0tKAXW

Friday, May 13, 2022

Florida Hemp BMPs, Black Soldier Flies

Happy to see Black Soldier Flies! Hermetia illucens, #stratiomyidae These insects work the soil as larvae as good as earthworms do & help decompose organic matter, making our soils even more productive. They make great chicken feed too!  #freshfromflorida #floridahemp #ipm https://t.co/VYa3mSl5wX

Florida Hemp & Afternoon Sunlight

One of our hemp plants in afternoon sunlight here at #arendellhillnursery #floridahemp #850hemp #freshfromflorida #fiber #cbd #cbg #organic #permaculture https://t.co/Eib5n7USSq

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Florida Hemp and Spittle Bugs, How Bird Feeders Help IPM

Florida Hemp & Spittle Bug Damage

We love bugs but manage Two-lined Spittle bugs, Prosapia bicincta, as they can devastate #hemp plants by injecting toxins into leaves & stems, producing white spittle looking bubbles across leaves, turning plants brown, eventually killing them. We use Neem oil spray & sticky cards at first sign of spittle bugs. Bird feeders in cultivation area are an excellent #IPM approach as birds usually eat Spittle bugs.

Assassin & minute pirate bugs &spiders devour SB nymphs too, so plant beneficial insect friendly native plants for an optimum Integrated Pest Management approach.

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Florida Hemp, Pokeberry & Integrated Pest Management

Awesome bug eaten native plant Phytolacca americana, Poke, is one of our BEST pest control lure plants. Pest bugs love poke’s tender leaves & birds live poke’s berries. Plant a poke & crops are safe. #IPM #Floridahemp #850hemp #arendellhillnursery #freshfromflorida https://t.co/NQziil9RS1

Monday, May 2, 2022

Florida Hemp, Attracting Pollinators

We spread FDOT type wildflower seeds along roadside here last fall. Despite drought they are blooming beautifully. The yellow Coreopsis is a Florida native species (and the state wildflower). Phlox (Phlox drummondii) are naturalized here. Wildflowers attract pollinators, increase biodiversity and add to our hemp's entourage effect. This wildflower mix is the same type FDOT used along highway rights of ways and is low maintenance & drought tolerant.  #pollinator #arendellhillnursery #tallahassee #fdotwildflowers #wildflowers https://t.co/GdsdysHetk

Florida Hemp, Seedlings Planted with Zucchini & Squash

This weekend planted zucchini, yellow squash & #fdacs approved pilot xHepius #hemp seedlings #floridahemp #850hemp #organic #permaculture #arendellhillnursery #cbd #cbg #freshfromflorida https://t.co/pgLu4Fouij

Thursday, April 28, 2022

Florida Hemp, Pilot Seedlings Ready for Transplanting

#hemp seedlings, pilot varieties just over 30 days since planting (a couple sages too). Will transplant to field soon. #freshfromflorida #floridahemp #850hemp #cbd #fiber #arendellhillnursery #famu #ipm #organic #permaculture https://t.co/E2lChbvy0y

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Florida Hemp, Leaf-footed Bugs & IPM

Giant leaf-footed bug, Acanthocephala terminalis, a plant eater (loves devouring #hemp plants in our garden) A few are good for biodiversity but too many & yikes. Sunflowers are a great lure plant for distracting these bugs. #floridahemp #organic #pests #bugs #ipm https://t.co/ka2rgX6NiJ

Sunday, April 24, 2022

Florida Hemp, Genetic Diversity in Seed Supply

Genetic diversity is so interesting. #Hemp seedlings can be short, tall, skinny, fat, darker colored, pale and exhibit so much more variation- all from the same seed source. #FAMU pilot genetics, Early Abacus planted 3-22-22. #Floridahemp #cbd #850hemp #freshfromflorida #organic https://t.co/AAaxhhew3z

Florida Hemp, Assassin Bugs IPM Team Members

Good luck!!! Assassin Bug, Arilus sp., in the laundry room means there are plenty in the #hemp garden working on Integrated Pest Management #IPM. #arendellhillnursery #bugs #floridahemp #850hemp #teamIPM #matrix #freshfromflorida https://t.co/AjcOCVgr68

Florida Hemp, Planting FAMU Early Abacus sprouts.

x Early Abacus #hemp seedlings ready to pot up into 4” pots. #FAMU pilot genetics. We are finding 4” starts produce high in-ground success rate. Direct field seeding can be iffy. #floridahemp #850hemp #cbd #freshfromflorida #organic #arendellhillnursery #permaculture https://t.co/5xPp4UVrE6

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Florida Hemp, Spider Houses in the Grow Area, IPM at Work

Our solar spider houses. The banana spiders are back! At night, plant damaging moths fly to solar light where they become food for Phoneutria spp. #permaculture #permaculturedesign #organic #floridahemp #hemp #cbd #arendellhillnursery #ipm #850ipm #spiders https://t.co/QUawG024W3

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Florida Hemp, Controlling Moth Caterpillars

So many moths everywhere. Can’t kill them all nor do we want to. Looks like hungry Spodoptera sp. moth caterpillars. We don’t get too concerned when they begin eating plants. First caterpillars trigger unique photochemical responses in our #hemp & then neem oil keeps them under control https://t.co/LyDxS1YYm2