|Lightening bugs in weevil trap|
The first applications of the year was during the dormant period. The orchard was dusted with Bordeaux mixture 3 times at a rate of 2lbs/acre during the dormant period. Fish emulsion was sprayed at ½ inch green tip. At Petal fall kaolin Surround ( 25 lbs/acre) and neem oil were sprayed. The kaolin Surround was sprayed one week later to build up the petal fall layer of surround at 25lbs/acre. This kaolin layer was for the prevention of plum curculio and coddling larvae damage.
For summer sprays in early June there was a spraying of Dipel at 1lb/acre with 25 lbs/acre of surround with 4 gallons of lime sulfur or 1 gallon/acre. A soil drench of fish emulsion was applied in mid June at a rate of 4 gallons/acre. Kaolin Surround (25 lbs/acre) and Dipel (1lb/acre) were applied in mid June. And the first week of July another spray with 50 lbs of surround and a diluted Bordeaux mixture, and 2 gallons fish emulsion was applied..
|Tree leaves coated with kaolin Surround|
My goals for this year were to put less inputs in the orchard and trap for pests.. The traps did help me identify the pests activity periods. It also trapped beneficial insects that were chasing the insect pests into the traps. The cost of kaolin Surround makes it an expensive input , but the application of it at petal fall in a thick coat did help reduce pest damage.
Copy right Cathy Harragian 12/6/2016