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It’s Time to Keep Insects out of Almond Orchards

Insects pose significant threats to almond quality and yield. One of the keys to maximizing yield potential is minimizing the threat to your crop by sucking and chewing insects like navel orangeworm, peach twig borer and leaffooted plant bugs.

  • Damage from navel orangeworm ranges from larvae in the nutmeat, consumption of the nut, webbing and frass, and fungal infections. Proper sanitation and cleaning can prevent navel orangeworm in almonds, but insecticides should be used if pest invasion continues.
  • According to University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources, peach twig borers create shallow channels and surface grooves on the nutmeat.
  • Leaffooted plant bugs have historically moved to pistachios mid-June; however, an extended stay in almond crops is a possibility.

Protecting almond crops from these pests will prevent lower crop yields.

To control navel orangeworm, peach twig borer and leaffooted plant bugs, we recommend using Besiege®, a foliar insecticide providing both rapid knockdown and long-lasting residual control against sucking and chewing pests.

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