|Gummosis on the hull of an almond.|
|Leaffooted bug damage on a kernel.|
|An almond cross section.|
UC IPM recommends growers check weekly for leaffooted plant bugs this month and every one or two weeks through June. A visual inspection is the best way to look for the bugs in the trees. Use a long pole to knock branches in the top part of the canopy and look or listen for the bugs to fly around.
Farm advisors also say growers should inspect the fruit for gummosis on the almond hull. However, damage has probably occurred if you already see evidence of gummosis.
|Close-up of a leaffooted plant bug.|
Meanwhile, Jenna points out almond growers also need to be on the watch for European red mites. There have been reports of red mite pressure in some orchards in the region, she says.
|European red mites.|
Yes, says Jenna, “there is always a bug to be on the look out for during the season.”