Early planning for stronger almond yields

Full bloom isn’t just a beautiful time of year for an almond orchard; it’s also a key indicator of the yield that a grower will have at harvest. Reaching full yield potential requires proactive protection from full bloom diseases that impact nut set and quality.

“Almond trees face a variety of issues each year that threaten yield potential, including diseases and adverse weather conditions,” says Leigh Ann Harrison, Technical Service Representative, BASF Crop Protection. “Growers should control what they can, and protect against what they cannot. Growers can manage these issues by controlling yield-robbing diseases and providing advanced Plant Health benefits, which help minimize stress effects to help maximize yield potential.”

Full bloom is a common time for attack from blossom blight disease – which can leave a lasting impact on tree health and productivity. So controlling blossom blight is a matter of protecting a long-term investment. Harrison recommends preventively applying fungicides on a tight spray schedule of 14 to 21 days, in accordance with the label. This is especially important during adverse weather conditions that can be breeding grounds for disease-causing fungi.

“To best prepare for full bloom, growers should decide which fungicide to use at that growth stage during the dormant season, and have it ready to apply if full bloom comes early,” recommends Harrison.

A tried and true fungicide growers can use during full bloom is Merivon® fungicide from BASF. Research has shown that Merivon fungicide protects almond blossoms from various disease pressures to help increase yield and profitability. This fungicide extends its work by creating reservoirs on leaf surfaces that continually distribute its protective chemistry to provide long-lasting disease protection, boosting the strength and stress tolerance of the tree to create healthier, higher quality almonds for years to come.

When sprayed at full bloom, Merivon fungicide can control early-season diseases, such as brown rot and blossom blight. Controlling these early-season diseases leads to healthy blooms, allowing for increased potential for more almond meat yield. A second application can also be made later in the growing season to control late-season diseases, including scab, shothole anthracnose, rust and Alternaria.

For more information, contact your BASF representative or go to GrowSmartAlmonds.com.

Always read and follow label directions.

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