A Pest Control Advisor Talks About the Current Almond Harvest
“The almond harvest is in pretty much full swing. Now we were a little bit later to get started than in the South of the state, but almonds are being picked up and being harvested and there's almonds which haven't been shook yet,” said Mohler. “The majority of them still have to be harvested. Yet. Harvest is getting started. Big time.
We asked Mohler about some of the pest pressure he saw this season,
“The standard mite pressure and the navel orangeworm pressure, and we're still evaluating orchards to see how our mite controls held up. So there's still some cleanup work there, but for the most part, we're looking good,” Mohler said.
“Navel orangeworm is always that big threat. At hull split time around the first week of July, it's not main flight, there's one earlier in one later, that's been a problem in the last few years,” he said. “And I think we've learned a lot and there's a couple of different strategies. And I think for the most part navel orangeworm has been controlled pretty well.”
With severe heat hammering, California, it's critical to keep all field employees safe from heat illness, keeping water nearby and encouraging rest times and making certain shade is provided.