|Almonds are heading into hullsplit around the valley.|
|Monitor for pests before treatment.|
|Check traps for pest eggs.|
Weekly monitoring of spider mites and predators should determine if miticide applications are needed.“When monitoring for spider mites, PCAs should also be looking for six-spotted thrips, predatory mites, spider mite destroyers and minute pirate bugs,” says David Haviland, an entomologist and almond expert with UC Cooperative Extension in Kern County.
UC guidelines call for treating for mites if half of the leaves sampled have mites. If there are no predators, then treatment should be made if 25 percent of the leaves are infested.
Jenna again stresses this is the time to closely monitor their orchards to keep on top of the pests and avoid a sudden population explosion just before harvest. Jenna says one orchard is already seeing the first signs of the hulls splitting. Other growers are expecting the almond hulls to start splitting soon.
|Cotton plants are starting to experience bloom in the field.|
Before we know, harvest time will be here. Jenna notes the earliest tree shaking last year came on July 25.Shaking time is around the corner.Meanwhile, field scout Carlos Silva says cotton growers are wrapping up the second irrigation of the growing season. The plants are at the colorfully flowering stage, lighting up fields with various shades of pink, white and yellow. So far, there aren’t any major issues with pests.
In alfalfa, growers are pretty much finished with another cutting and leaving strips of uncut alfalfa to keep lygus from migrating to nearby cotton fields. “There are a lot of beneficial insects in the alfalfa fields,” Carlos says.