Almonds: Burn down herbicides are going on to keep berms clean in mature orchards and ensure an effective pre-emergent herbicide. Some growers are applying soil amendments. It may be a warm, dry winter ahead. We may want to consider including an insecticide with our dormant sprays to be proactive for insect activity in the spring. Some growers are doing a zinc leaf drop spray and adding in boron as one last shot to get ready for bloom time. Having adequate boron levels stored in the tree is important for pollen tube elongation during bloom. This spray is a good shot to ensure your boron levels are ideal for bloom.
Citrus: Gibb sprays are being wrapped up. Some earlier varieties have been picked. The copper fungicide treatment for Korea protocol needs to be done by November 30. Be sure to talk with your packing house about what products may be used. Citrus fix sprays are being applied to help keep stems green and prevent drop. This is typically done on any later harvested varieties and blocks that have been gibbed. Some growers are still applying soil amendments. Burn down sprays are going on as we get the ground prepped for pre-emergent herbicides.
Grapes: We are currently in a holding pattern for this crop. Harvest is about done. Pruning is just starting. PCAs are talking with growers who are doing early pruning about wood disease. PCAs are also starting to talk with growers about burn down materials for weeds. We are planning out soil amendments such as sulfate of potash, gypsum and/or compost.
Stone Fruit: We are finishing up our zinc sulfate sprays for leaf drop. Some growers are applying soil amendments and spraying weeds. Dormant sprays for early varieties may begin the end of December. PCAs are encouraging growers to get their permits turned in early.
Pistachios: We are coming into dormant season on this crop. Some growers are putting on some soil amendments and cleaning up berms.
Walnuts: Growers are currently pruning and cleaning up weeds after harvest. Soil samples are being pulled to help get any soil amendment plans together for winter.
Tomatoes: Groundwork has started for next year’s crop.
Dehydrated Onions: Growers are currently planning and starting groundwork for next year’s crop.
Cotton: Harvest is approximately 80% completed. Some groundwork has started for next year’s crop.
Garlic: Herbicides are being applied for grass control.
Onions: Planting is completed. Growers are running insecticide applications through sprinklers to eliminate onion maggot flies. We are currently waiting for germination and emergence.