Fruit Bites September 1-3 Fall Prep
AW: It’s difficult to think about being finished with harvest, but it’s just around the corner. Get your trees ready for winter and your orchards ready for spring. If the forecast is to have an early winter, prep the trees by accelerating senescence with a PGR called ProTone, which triggers leaf abscission and prepares trees for dormancy by dropping off the leaves after the first good frost event. This works well for both nursery and established trees to prevent winter injury. Defoliate the leaves when you are ready not when forced by mother nature.
BL: And prepping the orchard floor?
AW: Before the fall rains, apply a preemergent herbicide to take out your winter annuals. The fall rains help to activate the herbicide and move it into the ideal spot to control the broadleaf weeds.
BL: Well, thanks Allison. Join us again next time for Fruit Bites, brought to you by Valent. Until then, I’m Bob Larson.