Fruit Bites September 8-10 Harvest Bugs
AW: Ahh. My favorite part of Fruit Bites is yapping about insects. So we are at harvest and now is the time to start looking at your fruit to determine your insect pest levels. This will help create a solid plan for next season.
BL: What type of pests will you see?
AW: San Jose scale, if you see those red spots, flag or mark those trees to come back at delayed dormant with Esteem and oil. If you see codling moth, mow up any dropped & infested fruit. Try to clear away any wood piles. And prepare for mating disruption and rotating products for control next year.
BL: What about mites?
AW: with mites, you could do a post-harvest spray of a miticide to knock down overwintering females. Or be sure to include oil and a miticide come spring when those females wake up and start laying eggs.
BL: Well, thanks Allison. Join us again next time for Fruit Bites, brought to you by Valent. Until then, I’m Bob Larson.