Pests and diseases affect our agricultural practices every growing season. The core research of this grant proposal will revolve around our observational research on the hemp grain variety, X59. During the 2020 growing season, our observational research found a large amount of Japanese Beetles clustered around the hemp grain variety, X59, as it grew throughout the season. What was interesting is the Japanese Beetles flocked to the X59 more so than our other varieties. With hemp being a new crop available to farmers in our area, the normal routine to get rid of pests is through the utilization of pesticides. The IPM research that will be done through this grant will utilize sustainable practices to observe what if any change occurs to the Japanese Beetles infestations on X59 when we apply different non-chemical solutions. This research if proven effective will educate future hemp grain farmers on what to do if Japanese Beetles infest your crop and provide a environmentally friendly IPM system to deal with this revitalized agricultural industry in the United States.
Project objectives from proposal:
- Plant a large research plot of X59 to study the negative effects of a Japanese Beetle infestation
- Identify which sustainable IPM method works best to mitigate Japanese Beetle or other pest infestation
- Teach observational research to another beginning farmer
- Share findings through field days, feasibility study, and conference presentation