July 7, 2022
Almond growers who opted to cut costs this year with their Navel orangeworm control efforts can still employ a flowable pheromone with their hull split sprays.
Suterra offers the only sprayable pheromone option for NOW control and is a good option for a tank mix with other approved products at hull split, according to Entomologist Emily Symmes, senior manager for technical field services.
The NOW-F product is also a good option for young trees, she said.
Growers looking to aid in their biological control and mating disruption efforts can also do a quick every-other-row treatment at a lower rate with just the pheromone to aid in control. Because it is not a contact spray like an insecticide, the lower rate can still aid in biocontrol, she added. Areal applications can also be helpful in covering acreage more quickly, according to Andrea Holeman, marketing manager for Suterra.
Lower almond returns and tight budgets make the season-end application timing for mating disruption more critical for those who opted not to use season-long pheromone dispensers, like Suterra’s Puffer system.
The flowable also allows growers to hit those hot spots where trap counts may be high.
The NOW-F flowable is labeled for almonds, pistachios, figs, and walnuts.
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Associate Editor, Western Farm Press
Todd Fitchette, associate editor with Western Farm Press, spent much of his journalism career covering agriculture in California and the western United States. Aside from reporting about issues related to farm production, environmental regulations and legislative matters, he has extensive experience covering the dairy industry, western water issues and politics. His journalistic experience includes local daily and weekly newspapers, where he was recognized early in his career as an award-winning news photographer.
Fitchette is US Army veteran and a graduate of California State University, Chico.
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