AgroStar Krishi Gyaan
15 Aug 19, 10:00 AM
Guru GyaanAgroStar Agronomy Centre of Excellence
Management of Mites in Agricultural Field Crops
Mites are non-insect pests having four pairs of legs. The factors resulting in increasing population of mites include, environmental condition, change in cropping pattern and others. In addition to damage of crops, some species are known as predatory mites, which are red in colour.
Damage: The damaged leaves have light yellow spots, stippling, bronzing, curling, crinkling, and finally defoliation. Sometimes, deformity of plant parts are also observed. Minute spider-lings are also observed on damaged parts of the plant. Hot weather favours the mites and thus lead to increase in their population rapidly. Some mites also act as vector for viral diseases. The infestation of mites is observed mainly in Okra, Brinjal, Chilli, Paddy, Cotton, Sapota, Mango, Tea, Pigeon pea, Coconut, Sorghum, and a few others.
• Maintenance of sanitation on bunds of fields
• Properly destroy crop residues
• Maintenance of weed-free fields
• Follow appropriate crop rotation
• Use recommended Nitrogenous fertilisers
• Initially spray neem-based formulations to conserve the predatory mites and natural enemies
• Spray bio-pesticides like fish oil resin soap, neem based formulations and neem oils
• Avoid spray of Synthetic Pyrethroids group insecticides
• Propergite 57 EC @ 10 ml, Abamectin 1.8 EC @ 2 ml, Spirotetramate 150 OD @ 2.5 ml, Fenpyroxiamte 5 SC @ 10 ml, Fenazaquin 10 EC @ 10 ml, Ethion 50 EC @ 10 ml, Chlorfenpyr 10 EC @ 10 ml, Spiromesifen 22.9 EC @ 10 ml etc. can be sprayed in recommended crops for the control of mites
Dr. T. M. Bharpoda,
Ex. Professor of Entomology,
B. A. College of Agriculture, Anand Agricultural University, Anand- 388 110 (Gujarat India)
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