We had very little pest issues, with no treatments, outdoor this season.
We see spotted cucumber beetles, which are not a problem for adult plants. In the green houses we get aphid problems (possibly the bhang aphid which is in Oregon) and white flies occasionally. Spider mites aren’t a problem outdoors. Russet mites could be, but growing from seed to flower so quickly really reduces the chance of infestations to establish and explode. We saw some this year, but it only affected one plant.
On the other hand mold is definitely a problem for some of the lines, especially as density is being increased. Though there is a genetic component beyond just bud structure as well and mold resistance is a selection target. Another main point for breeding autos is their ability to allow a farmer to time the harvest before the rain and cold.
No pruning or big-leafing was done for this crop. I think some big-leafing a few weeks before harvest would probably benefit the inner buds. Some slight pruning and big-leafing of the bigger lines could help. The smallest and most compact lines need no labor other than maybe big-leafing.
This field was harvested and wet shucked for extract material over 3 ~7 hr days by a crew of about 15. Shucked buds were stacked on racks and quick dried in 5 days (bye bye terps, but this is all for distillate anyway). ~2300 pounds (~1040 kg) from 1/4 acre (tenth of a hectare).