Management reminders

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

We are approaching mid bloom in many places in mainland Nova Scotia. We are seeing some good bloom around the province.

I was checking some fields yesterday and went to an area that was not treated for monilinia this year. The picture below shows the symptoms of monilinia that should be start to appear in fields if adequate control was not achieved.

This picture shows vegetative bud infections. Although it will cause leaf defoliation, the leaves will grow back and yield impacts will be less than if the fruit buds were infected.

Remember to look for insect feeding in your sprout fields. If the plants haven't popped through the ground yet and you are not in a traditionally late area, you may want to take a closer look as flea beetle or spanworm could be feeding on the new shoots.

Controlling grasses like poverty oat grass and tickle grass can start anytime now with Venture or Poast Ultra. Just remember if these products will only control grasses if they have emerged and are growing.

Callisto has a 85 day pre-harvest interval. If you are planning on applying it in the crop year, you have a very small window to use it unless you have a field that you pick in very late August or early September.

If anybody has questions, please feel free to contact me on my cell 890-0472.