Many insecticides utilized for specialty crops in Kentucky cannot be utilized in commercial hemp production growing systems because they have not been registered in Kentucky for use on the crop. However, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) has a short list of pesticides registered for commercial hemp in the following link: 2019 Pesticide Products Registered for Industrial Hemp in Kentucky. This link should be checked periodically as new products are being registered by the KDA.
This note is an expanded version of the list published by the KDA and includes a table (Table 1) with handy information on these insecticides, compounds of each, insect targets, estimated price (obtained from the Internet), and a link to the safety data labels of the following products.
- BRANDT ECOTEC PLUS
- NATURE-CIDE ALL PURPOSE CONCENTRATE
- BUSH DOCTOR FORCE OF NATURE INSECT REPELLANT
- ORGANOCIDE BEE SAFE INSECT KILLER
- ROOT CLEANER
- ESSENTRIA IC3
- SNS-203 CONCENTRATED NATURAL PESTICIDE
- NATURE-CIDE OUTDOOR
- SNS-209 ALL NATURAL SYSTEMIC PEST CONTROL
Table 1. Insecticides available for industrial hemp growers in Kentucky. (2019 Pesticide Products Registered for Industrial Hemp in Kentucky)*.
The use of commercial or corporation names in this publication is for the information and convenience of the reader. This use does not constitute an official endorsement or approval by the University of Kentucky.
By Raul T. Villanueva, Extension Entomologist