|Storm clouds give way to a rainbow over an almond orchard.|
|Almond tree toppled by the wind.|
University of California farm advisors point out that almond orchards always have fungi present that can cause diseases. The amount depends on the previous year’s disease level and the current weather conditions.
It’s important to be proactive, especially this stormy winter. A good disease control program hinges on a combination of choosing the appropriate fungicides and good timing and coverage. Proper identification of the disease in the orchard will dictate the selection of materials.
|Here is the impact of armillaria root rot on an almond tree.|
Jenna also points out the return of a wet weather pattern this winter should make it an interesting year on the tree disease and pest front.
It could be the winds and rains will impact the overwintering pests and keep those numbers down this upcoming season. It also could be this year’s winter storms could trigger disease problems.
“Growers will have to be really vigilant and monitor their orchards closely this year,” Jenna says. In farming, it is safe to say that every year brings a new surprise.