Mite sightings in corn fields are a sure sign that they’ll be invading tree nut orchards before long. PCAs have already been finding mites in corn fields since spring, something that doesn’t usually happen until later in the season. That suggests this could be a heavy mite pressure year in other crops such as tree nuts in California.
The combination of higher than normal temperatures this spring and a decrease in precipitation from the previous two years makes an ideal recipe for increased mite pressure.
Zeal® Miticide from Valent provides tree nut growers with effective, long-lasting control of two-spotted spider mite, Pacific mite and European red mite in a single application.
Zeal offers tree nut growers:
- Control that affects all mite life stages, including eggs:
- Zeal stops mite eggs, larvae and nymph development, and sterilizes adults
- Translaminar activity, reaching mites where they hide: under the leaf
- A novel mode of action that’s tough on mites but softer on many beneficial species
“This is the time to be making miticide applications—before hull split—if you don’t want to lose foliage,” Granadino said. “Zeal provides long-lasting control that will carry you through harvest time. Zeal will help ensure that your trees don’t lose leaves and are in good shape for next season.”
To learn more about Zeal, visit www.valent.com/zeal.