Almonds: Harvest is winding down for this crop. Monterey’s seem to be lighter per acre this year. Growers are planning their post-harvest fertilizer programs. Be sure to contact you GAR Bennett PCA about generic post-harvest options that are cost-efficient and maintain maximum yields for the following growing season.
Citrus: PCAs are keeping an eye out for late red scale as some blocks are being cleaned up. Gibb applications are right around the corner as we head into the end the of the month. Keep close contact with your packing house to identify which blocks should be gibbed. If you are exporting to Korea, the second fuller rose beetle application needs to be done if not already. We are also keeping an eye out for snails as they have been spotted in blocks with leaves on the ground. Some growers are cleaning up snails while others are waiting for it to rain. We’re still seeing some thrips on young trees. Consult your GAR Bennett PCA if this pest is an issue in your trees. Soil and tissue samples are being pulled.
Grapes: Growers are in harvest mode. It may be a good time to start discussing next year’s soil amendments and taking some soil samples to help plan your program. Raisin growers are having a hard time drying fruit due to the smoke-filled air and limited UV rays. You may consider getting a crew into the field to turn trays.
Stone Fruit: The season is winding down as we reach harvest on some of the later varieties. We are cleaning up weeds and applying fall fertilizers. When planning your nutritional program for next year’s crop, it’s a good idea to check tissue and soil tests. Some growers all already starting to prune.
Cherries: We are keeping orchard floors clean and spraying weeds as needed. If you plan on applying fall fertilizers, now is a good time to get them on. It’s important to keep the trees wet right now to avoid disease in the field.
Pistachios: Harvest is well underway and crop yields seem good so far. Some growers are spreading soil amendments on young trees and taking care of weeds on the berms. Damage from navel orangeworm (NOW) seems lower this year. However, if you’re coming in for a second shake you may need to look into some cover options. Soil and water samples are being pulled as we get ready for Irrigation Nitrogen Management Plans (INMPs).
Walnuts: Harvest has started for some growers while others are getting beds ready for harvest. PCAs are keeping an eye out for walnut husk fly. At this time, you may want to consider treatments for NOW. These may be mixed in the tank with Ethephon sprays. Please consult your GAR Bennett PCA on treatment options.
Tomatoes: We are nearing the end of this crop. PCAs are watching for mold on certain varieties and recommending fungicides as needed.
Dehydrated Onions: Harvesting is almost completed, only a few fields left to harvest.
Cotton: Defoliation is coming up in about 10-14 days. PCAs are continuing to watch for whitefly.
Alfalfa Seed: Harvest is completed.
Garlic: This crop is currently being harvested. Due to crop prices going up, we may see garlic plantings double on the westside next year.
Onions: We are getting ready for next year. Due to crop prices going up, we may see more onion plantings on the westside. Will be planted in October.