|Tall weeds invade an almond orchard. - UC IPM photo|
|Growers are mowing weeds to prepare for the harvest.|
- Keep the floor as level as possible. Some growers will till and drag the floor to level high spots and fill holes. Remember loose soil needs time to firm up.
- A level surface lets you adjust the height of sweepers to operate more efficiently and reduces the amount of debris collected in the bins.
- Blank nuts fall before the good almonds do. So consider tilling again to fill depressions.
- Try to avoid conditions that can lead to leaves falling early before harvest. Potassium-deficient orchards, water stress and aphid infestation can lead to early leaf fall.
- Check with your pest control advisor about applying a pre-harvest herbicide in the row middles.
|Watering the roads can keep mites in check.|
“Trucks are watering the roads all the time,” Jenna says. Keeping the dust down, though, will be a challenge this week: Temperatures are expected to stay in the sizzling mid-100s all this week.