|Almond tree shaking is starting to occur on the westside.|
|Ending irrigation two weeks before shaking protects trees.|
|Fallen nuts aren't left too long on the orchard floor.|
Meanwhile, Jenna says she has spotted stink bugs in some orchards. Areas near heavily traveled dirt roads are grappling with mites. Overall, though, pest pressures appear under control for growers.
In other crops, field scout Carlos Silva says alfalfa growers should be harvesting again over the next couple weeks. Weevil counts are up in some fields, but still under the threshold to consider treatment. But growers need to keep a close eye on weevils to keep them in check.
|Fruit retention has been good in cotton fields.|
Cotton plants are developing nicely, averaging about 11 fruiting branches. Fruit retention ranges from 65 to 70 percent. That’s a good rate. Anything below a 55 percent retention rate could be troublesome. Check out UC IPM’s online publication about fruit retention and lygus monitoring.