Hulls have split, trees have been shaken and harvest is complete (or at least nearly complete) for the 2017 almond crop year. Though growers and pest control advisors (PCAs) have earned a well-deserved break after responding to a wet spring and a hot, dry summer, taking a few months off can be detrimental for next year’s crop. To protect yields for next season, growers and PCAs should begin identifying the right integrated pest and disease management program now, so they can target disease and pests before they settle in for the winter.
This summer’s extreme heat triggered increased pressure from spider mites, which continued into harvest. As growers wrap up their 2017 season, they should continue looking for eggs. Miticides like ACRAMITE®, VIGILANT®, KANEMITE® or OMITE® can help minimize the pests’ impact throughout this season and into the next.
For end-of-season use, KANEMITE Miticide delivers rapid knockdown and outstanding population control and is also easy on beneficial insects and predator mites. OMITE Miticide features a unique fuming action that provides coverage everywhere mites hide, delivering a fast, powerful knockdown on a wide range of mites.
As mites begin appearing next year, VIGILANT Miticide is an effective option featuring a chemistry and mode of action that is easy on beneficial insects, yet kills mites on contact. It can be used to control mites in all life stages, from eggs to adults, through nearly all stages of the almond growth season.
Unfortunately, disease never takes a holiday. That’s why the University of California-Davis recommends that beginning mid-November through mid-January, growers take spur samples of dormant trees to look for signs of pests and diseases that can overwinter. Things to look for include cankers and evidence of Almond scab, Brown rot and Rust. Growers and PCAs can then determine where their trouble spots may be next year and identify the right fungicide for their situation.
Incorporating PH-D® Fungicide by Arysta LifeScience into growers’ management programs provides broad-spectrum control that is ideal for use during post-bloom, but it can be used throughout the summer months as well. It features a unique mode of action that controls Alternaria leaf spot, Almond scab, Rust and Hull rot for almonds, as well as Alternaria leaf spot in pistachios and Botryosphaeria shoot blight in pistachios and walnuts. The product works by interfering with chitin-building enzymes, thereby preventing cell wall construction, making it ideal to include in a rotational management program to aid in resistance management.
Neutralize Peach Twig Borers
Peach twig borers are one of the first pests to emerge (with voracious appetites) in the spring, usually around bloom. To minimize their impact, it’s critical to treat during dormant season when they’re overwintering.
DIMILIN® 2L Insecticide from Arysta LifeScience is an effective growth regulator that can be applied during dormancy. Almond growers and pest control advisors who use the product note its efficacy and appreciate how long it remains on tree surfaces to continue protection from dormancy through early bloom. DIMILIN is easy on beneficial insects and can be added to fungicide sprays for convenient application.
To learn more about the Arysta LifeScience portfolio of crop protection products, contact your crop protection retailer, visit www.ArystaSpecialty.com/TreeNuts or call 866-761-9397.
DIMILIN and OMITE are restricted-use pesticides. Always read and follow label directions.
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