Diagnosing brown wheat mite
Brown wheat mite is an uncommon sap-sucking pest of cereals that is most active in dry warm weather.
What to look for
- Adults are 0.6 millimetres (mm) long, red-brown and globular in shape.
- Pale yellow-orange legs with the forelegs distinctly longer than the other 3 pairs.
- Nymphs are smaller in size and orange-red.
What else could it be
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Where did it come from?
- Brown wheat mites usually have many generations per season and do not require cold temperatures to stimulate egg hatching. Eggs hatch when there is sufficient moisture.
- Mite damage is common in early sown crops in years when they transfer from self sown cereals following summer rains.
- Heavy winter rain reduces their population, but they can affect crops in spring in very dry seasons.
Weed and pasture control
- Early control of summer and autumn weeds, especially self-sown cereals will help to control populations.
- Control may not be cost-effective in drought affected crops.
- Apply pesticide sprays, when there is sufficient damage and when there will be a yield response.
Where to go for expert help
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