Monday, May 9, 2011

Petal Fall Orchard Pest Management

Petal fall is traditionally a time to treat for orchard pest to get a handle on control early in the season. Missing treatments at this time can cause a cascade effect on insect pest populations for the rest of the growing season. The main target pests at this time are leafrollers and codling moth. Secondary targets include San Jose scale, woolly apple aphid and Western flower thrips.
But do you know what pests are actually in your orchard? Do you know how to choose the best materials for your pest problems? And just when exactly is the best time to apply your treatments? If you are sure of the answer to any of these questions you should read our next installment of the eNewsletter. In this issue we cover how to identify which leafroller you have, how to monitor for them, how to time your treatments and which materials you can you to target your specific problems.
Read more at:

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Western Flower Thrips & Campylomma in Your Orchard

Spring is here and so are some of those pesky orchard invaders that like to feed and lay eggs in buds and fruitlets. I'm referring to Western flower thrips (WFT) and Campylomma. The best time to control WFT is at petal fall up to when fruit are 5 mm in size. Control of Campylomma requires a close monitoring for their presence starting before bloom and continuing up through petal fall.
A new issue of our newsletter discusses both WFT and Campylomma Spring emergence and what you should know about management. It also covers the best method of monitoring for these pests using a beating tray and when to know its time to treat. Visit our newsletter web page to learn more.

This issue includes instructions on using a beating tray
to sample for WTF and Campyloma