This past Saturday I attended the second Western North Carolina Hops Tour. We visited 2 small, recently established hops plantings, and after the tour, I visited a third. I'll have a longer post on the tour itself, but I wanted to share the link to the handout I prepared for this event. It's a summary of some of the arthropods we have seen this summer in samples from hops plantings.
This handout is designed to serve as a tool for folks with hops plantings to identify the arthropods they may see on their hops, not as an exhaustive list of hops pests or management recommendations. It's also extremely important to make sure that the right culprit is implicated in damage seen. One thing that was very clear on Saturday is that some hops varieties are not very happy in NC. This is not surprising given that commerical hops varieties are adapted to the Pacific Northwest, which has very different day length and climate. Leaf and cone yellowing and drying are more likely due to senescence, nutrient issues, water stress, or other abiotic problems than insects--certainly based on the density of arthropods observed in the planting.
Hops Tour Handout - Insect Identification in NC Hops