The trees aren’t the only things in your orchard that should be bare after. Keeping berms free from troublesome annual broadleaf weeds and grasses is an important part of maintaining a healthy orchard.
In the days immediately after harvest—sometime after Oct. 15 depending on local soil moisture—tough weeds such as fleabane and marestail will begin to germinate. These weeds can quickly take over an orchard and can be difficult to eradicate once established.
With the postemergence Rely® Herbicide reportedly in short supply this season, growers may want to consider a more proactive approach to winter weed control and apply a proven preemergence residual herbicide.
A split application of Chateau® Herbicide—right after harvest and then again prior to the second flush of weed emergence in late winter—provides maximum residual weed control for California growers, by preventing fleabane and marestail problems.
A well-timed Chateau application lasts for several months at a time. And, with proven staying power under various weather conditions, Chateau won't leach or lift off, or lose power before activation by ¼ inch rainfall or irrigation.
In other words, Chateau stays where you put it, and it can sit longer than competing herbicides while waiting for either rainfall or irrigation to activate its power.
For best results, apply Chateau in partnership with a burn-down herbicide such as glyphosate, paraquat or Treevix™ Herbicide. Plus, make sure berms are clear of debris and ensure uniform spray coverage across the entire berm.
To learn more about Chateau and the rest of Valent’s portfolio of tree nut products, visit www.valent.com.
Chateau is a registered trademark of Valent U.S.A. Corporation. Rely is a registered trademark of Bayer. Treevix is a trademark of BASF.