California Almonds: Rains Prompting More Fungicides But Are Slowing Pests…For Now – AgFax Tree Crops Apr 4, 2020
More rain expected. Conditions are suppressing pest pressure but fungicides will be needed, especially where treatments weren't made earlier or in orchards where leaf diseases are apparent.
After a stretch of wet, cool weather, warmer conditions are in the forecast. That will favor diseases and pests as April starts.
Wetter weather has settled over California's almond counties, pushing growers to apply fungicides to ward off diseases. Also, navel orangeworm traps continue to hint at early pressure.
With a stretch of dry, warm weather, growers are irrigating widely and applying fertilizer. Concerns linger about how pest pressure might shape up, with prospects for earlier movement of key insects like navel orangeworms.
More than most, this could be a year when consistent insect trap monitoring pays dividends, especially when it comes to navel orangeworms.
Warmer and drier conditions prompt speculation that more pest pressure could develop as the 2020 season progresses.
California Almonds: Blooming Starts A Bit – AgFax Feb 16, 2020
This won't go down as an early year for blooming but scattered flowers are opening through much of the Central Valley. In places, the progression is picking up.
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