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Hemp is a new crop for Alabama and for the United States. With the 2014 Farm Bill’s Pilot Program, many states beganproducing hemp for fiber, grain, or flower. Additionally, the 2018 Farm Bill listed hemp as an agricultural commodity, leading to even more states, including Alabama, signing on to grow hemp in 2019. There has been little to no research done on hemp in the last several decades so the available information is limited. We are constantly learning about the insects, weeds, and diseases that infest hemp and how to control them.

This guide is the most up-to-date information available to Alabama Extension, but recommendations are changing as more is learned.

These products have been reviewed by the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) and Alabama Extension and appear to meet all the criteria for legal use in Alabama.

ADAI and Alabama Extension make no recommendations for the use of pesticides on hemp. This list is not an endorsement of any kind for any of the products listed, nor does it ensure the safety or efficacy of these products when applied to hemp in Alabama.

Download the hemp pest management guide, ANR-2635.

IPM guides for other crops as well as a general IPM overview, safety recommendations and directions for submitting samples can be found in the Integrated Pest Management Guides.

For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations, contact Extension Communications and Marketing at 334-844-5696 or extcomm@aces.edu.

Alabama Extension professionals will be providing guidance to Alabama hemp growers through the cultivation and harvesting season. Though Extension personnel cannot collect or transport samples, they will be able to offer research-based solutions to weed and insect control issues.

Download a printable PDF of ANR-2625, Hemp Tracking Form.

Transportation Guidelines

Per the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries, the following documents must accompany a shipment of harvested hemp to a processor:

  • A Release/Movement form supplied by ADAI (or from their state’s hemp program) after sampling and testing.
  • A copy of the hemp grower’s license.
  • A copy of the hemp license for the processor to whom the hemp is being taken.

No matter who transports hemp, the same documents are required:

  • A Release/Movement form, Certificate of Analysis (COA), or similar form from the home state showing that the hemp being transported contains no more than 0.3% Total Δ-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (Total Δ-9-THC) by dry weight.
  • A copy of the hemp grower’s license.

Any shipment of hemp that is unaccompanied by proper documentation and a hemp license is subject to a law enforcement stop. Growers may be stopped by law enforcement at any time and asked to provide documentation showing what crop is being transported. Because there is no test that law enforcement can conduct that will differentiate between hemp and marijuana, the shipment may be confiscated and the driver may be arrested.

 

Download a printable PDF of ANR-2625, Hemp Tracking Form.

 

For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations, contact Extension Communications and Marketing at 334-844-5696 or extcomm@aces.edu.

 

Maximum profits in row crop production depend on successful and accurate diagnosis of disease or insect damage. An accurate diagnosis can aid farmers in the implementation of an effective integrated pest management program. One important part of diagnosis is plant tissue samples to help identify issues and determine best management options.

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System supports two plant diagnostic laboratories. One is at Auburn University; the other is located in Birmingham at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

The Plant Diagnostic Laboratory at Auburn University provides three services: plant problem diagnosis, soil nematodeanalysis, and insect identification. Plant problems sent to thelab include diseases, nematode injury, insect damage, chemical damage, environmental stress, horticultural and agronomic problems, or wildlife damage.

Plant samples at the Auburn University Plant Diagnostic Lab are initially examined by a plant pathologist. Some samples may then be referred to Extension specialists in entomology, agronomy, horticulture, or wildlife.

In addition to plant problem diagnosis, soil nematodeanalysis, and insect identification, plants are also received for identification. These plants are referred to agronomists andhorticulturists who typically respond to the inquiries.

Download the plant samples submission form. 

IPM guides for other crops as well as a general IPM overview, safety recommendations and directions for submitting samples can be found at Integrated Pest Management Guides.

For questions about accessibility or to request accommodations, contact Extension Communications and Marketing at 334-844-5696 or extcomm@aces.edu.

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