Leaffooted Bug Aggregations Have Begun to Disperse

  Winter temperatures this 2016 / 2017 season were not cold enough to have any negative impact on overwintering populations of leaffooted bug.  Since mid-October we have monitored large populations on a ½ mile-long pomegranate hedgerow in the Parlier area.  Aggregations averaged about 206 individuals on 19 October with just over 50% of the individuals […]

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More Thoughts on Almond Bloom 2017

As forecasted, the weather for bloom 2017 looks wet. This will impact the number of fungicide applications, how we apply the material, orchard access, and bee concerns. This article is a follow up to what was written last week.  Periods of leaf wetness favor fungal pathogen development. Although there are no specific models for blossom […]

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Almond Bloom 2017

Almond bloom is approaching fast. Based on local conditions and projected warm weather next week, bloom will probably be within 7-10 days. Conditions this year are wetter than they have been in the past which will be conducive to many almond diseases, including brown rot, shot-hole, anthracnose, and jacket rot. Furthermore, orchard access may be limited, […]

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