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.
I visited a trial located in the citrus belt in what I consider a “low-chill” area of Kern County (near the intersection of Highways 65 and 155) on March 13. […]
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.
This season has started with hardly any problems or stress. That's the consensus among people in the field in late February.
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.
Farmers should see the third and final round of Market Facilitation Program payments in the bank by the end of the week, USDA announced in a news release on Monday. […]