You’ve been looking out for leaffooted bug and stink bug. Now what?
Hull split occurs in mid-July, and that’s the time when navel orangeworm starts laying eggs that will hatch within three weeks. Navel orangeworm is a particularly nasty insect that penetrates the shell and eats the meat of the nut, destroying large sections of a crop.
An effective treatment program is critical to protecting crops—and yield—from navel orangeworm. One treatment, Danitol® Insecticide, provides growers with a shorter PHI, which is important if you are treating late in the season.
Danitol can also control stink bug, which is active this time of year and can cause an exceptional amount of damage in tree nuts if left unchecked.
Another advantage of Danitol is that it does not flare mites. But if mites are a problem, which they can often be this time of year, Zeal® Miticide is an excellent option. Zeal provides long-lasting control of two-spotted spider mite, Pacific mite and red mite. The specific nature of the active ingredient in Zeal makes it a sustainable alternative in IPM programs as it controls mainly herbivorous mites leaving naturally existing bio-regulation almost undisturbed.
May is also the time when ants begin causing problems in almonds, so consider treating with Esteem® Ant Bait eight weeks before harvest for effective, long-lasting control.
In addition to insect pests, diseases such as rust and scab can be troublesome as they were in the 2011 growing season, Quash® Fungicide is a highly effective tool that can help protect trees from diseases.
To learn more about Valent’s portfolio of tree nut products, visit http://www.valent.com/agriculture/crops/almonds/index.cfm