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Ft. Meade / Alturas CHMA News Archive

    8/18/16 Counts are low. The next regional application being discussed is to use an Organophosphate material in early September.

    Contribution by Steve Farr

    8/3/16 Counts are rising. Approximately 3 weeks post the Organophosphate application. Most growers are starting the second summer oil sprays with a neonics and/or an abermectin miticide.

    Next regional application being discussed is early September.

    Contribution by Steve Farr

    6/20/16 Counts continue to be high, higher for this time of year than the previous 4 years. The summary tab, bottom right shows the picture. This is about 3 weeks post the Dimethoate or Malathion applied by air or ground. Generally most are now going with summer oil, nutritionals, copper, and an insecticide. We are using Movento and Baythroid in most areas.

    The next regional application will be in early to mid-July with an Organophosphate material.

    Contribution by Steve Farr

    4/25/16 Psyllid counts are at an all-time high. We are seeing this in all locations. About ½ of this area had Sivanto put out with antibiotics and PFD sprays the last three weeks of March and the other half had Danitol with antibiotics the last couple of weeks. Between harvesting of Valencia and coordinating Antibiotics around the 21 day or 40 day PHI, depending on which one is used, there has been very little regional applications towards psyllids in most all areas, thus possibly the reason for the record adult psyllid counts everyone is seeing.

    Currently some growers are spraying the Post-Bloom spray and using a neonic. These are economical and have had some success, will also help with leaf minors.

    The next large regional application being discussed is an Organophosphate material to start after the harvest is completed, whenever that might be, but more than likely sometime in mid to late May. There will be an aerial application going in this area with Dimethoate, one of the most economical and effective applications we have seen.

    If interested, reply to all or call Jerry Wise334-898-7772

    Contribution by Steve Farr

    4/12/16 Psyllid counts are at an all-time high. We are seeing this in all locations. About ½ of this area had Sivanto put out with antibiotics the last two weeks and the other half is getting Danitol now. Bees and bloom are basically gone. Most growers are working towards a pyrethroid with their Antibiotic sprays now.

    Discussion for the next spray, historical Post-Bloom spray is to go with a neonic. These are economical and have had some success, will also help with leaf minors.

    The next large regional application being discussed is an Organophosphate material to start after the harvest is completed, whenever that might be, but more than likely sometime in mid to late May.

    Contribution by Steve Farr

    1/20/16 Counts are low. Most of this area has been completed with Danitol by ground the last two weeks.

    Discussion for February is to use another pyrethroid, Baythroid was used last year. Per IFAS, during the dormant time of year, the issues with going back to back with same chemistry materials is not as big of a concern.

    Depending on bloom and PFD concerns, as well as nutritional needs, the aerial or ground application decision will have to be made then.

    Contribution by Steve Farr

    12/12/15 Counts are low but high for this time of year, we see this in most areas with this area having 61% flush currently and last year at the same time with the same trees, 21% Currently this area is being sprayed with an Organophosphate regional application. Jerry Wise is in this area today and tomorrow, and if not already engaged, you can call Jerry 334-898-7772

    The next regional application being discussed is a Pyrethroid application in early January. The 1 day PHI interval should help with harvesting.

    Need to be completed by January 15th.

    Contribution by Steve Farr

    11/24/15 Count are low but higher than usual for this time of year. This is approximately 2-3 weeks post the Baythroid regional application done in early November. Possibly some of the pressure is from the weather the past several weeks, in that until this current cold spell, the month of November was on record to have the highest temperatures ever. This also shows from the flushing amounts, in that this area averaged 66% feathering flush and last year the same trees in mid-November averaged 23% feathering flush. As has been discussed next week will start an O.P. regional dormant application. Jerry Wise will be in this area towards next weekend around December 6, pending weather. He will be applying Imidan at 1lb/acre in 5gl of mix. Costs will be approximately $17.25 per acre.

    Imidan has a 3 day REI and a 7 day PHI.

    If interested reply to all or call Jerry 334-898-7772

    Contribution by Steve Farr

    11/9/15 Counts are rising. As has been discussed, a Baythroid regional application is going now. Working towards finishing by next weekend, Nov 14. Jerry Wise will be in this area this weekend, pending weather. Cost with material is less than $11.00 per acre. If interested reply to me or call Jerry 334-898-7772

    Contribution by Steve Farr

    9/23/15  Counts are down, this is approximately 2-3 weeks post the Dimethoate by air, or Imidan by ground. In other areas, that were sprayed about 1 week before this area, the inspectors are finding record amount of psyllid pressure. Possibly the abundant rainfall and new flush is contributing to the pressure.

    If enough participation, a Lorsban, or Chlorpyrifos application can be done by air, the end of next week. If interested reply to me. We will be spraying by ground for rust mites and will include the insecticide, but will go by air as well, if enough participation.

    November, is looking like a Baythroid regional application.

    Contribution by Steve Farr

    8/28/15 Counts are low per block, but heavier than last year at the same time. Most growers are finishing the second oil sprays, we used Agri-flex with it.

    Jerry Wise will be going in this area sometime by the first of next week, depending on weather, and if interested reply to all or call Jerry at 334-898-7772

    Contribution by Steve Farr

    7/6/15 Counts are low, this is 3-4 weeks post the regional application of Baythroid. The next discussed regional application is Dimethoate starting this week. Jerry Wise will have at least two planes available. Costs for materials and application will be approximately $12.15 per acre. If interested reply to me or call Jerry 334-898-7772

    Contribution by Steve Farr

    6/3/15 Counts are on the rise , especially the nymphs. This is approximately 3- 4 weeks post the Malathion and Abermectin, applied by air and ground, pending the block. Growers are going with summer oil now, and most are either using AgriFlex, Movento, or Micromite. We are using Movento, but where possible, will be applying Baythroid for the adult psyllids.

    Jerry Wise should be in this area by the middle of next week, pending weather. Approximately $11.50 per acre, materials and application. If interested reply to all or call jerry. The next regional application is early July with Dimethoate or another Organophosphate material. This application is also approximately $11.50 per acre, including the Dimethoate.

    5/19/15 Counts are down, this is approximately 1-2 weeks post a Malathion spray done by air and ground, pending the block. The next regional application being discussed is an Organophosphate application in July. Most growers will be applying the first summer oil application from now through June. Should leave out an Organophosphate material and catch in July. This is usually Dimethoate, which has been one of the better and more economical applications. Also, the 14 day Post Harvest Interval, should not be a problem by July.

    Contribution by Steve Farr

    4/10/15 Counts have leveled off, this scouting was done earlier this week. The previous counts forced us to do some perimeter sprays in the pressure areas two weeks ago that helped those blocks, but now the pressure is in other areas.

    This area was sprayed today with the participating neighbors with Danitol by air. Will see how this looks in about 1.5 weeks with the next inspection.

    The next regional sprays being discussed is an Organophosphate material in July. Most growers are going next (late April early May) with a post bloom spray and an Organophosphate material. Then in June with the summer oil sprays and a systemic material such as Movento or Agri-flex.

    Contribution by Steve Farr

    3/24/15 Numbers are starting to climb If you look at last year's graft, you can see what the trend has been for the upcoming April counts. Discussions have been for the next Regional application to be with a pyrethroid. And to start as soon as the bees and bloom are gone. Danitol has been the choice of the best material for this high pressure application timing. Some growers are looking at getting started as early as Monday a week, March 30th. Jerry Wise will have 3 planes available. If interested reply to me or call Jerry 334-898-7772

    Contribution by Steve Farr

    3/3/15 Low counts of adults. Most of this area is going on 3-4 weeks post the regional Baythroid applications, done by air or ground. If you open the report and go to the tabs on the bottom and open the yearly comparison tab at the far right, you will see how the inspections compare the last 4 years (this year in black). From this we see the counts are about normal for this time of year, behind the 3 dormant sprays since December. Also the % flush is ahead of the previous 3 years (the effects of the increase in HLB trees). Most importantly, you can see what the pressures have done the last 3 years in the upcoming months of March and April. Thus the planning of a large participation with the next regional application with Danitol or another Pyrethroid ASAP after bloom. Danitol costs more, but most growers agree, it has had better efficacy, and with the timing of this being one of the highest pressures of the year, might make since to use one of the best materials. The 1 day PHI will help with Valencia harvesting. The key, as usual, is to get as many acres sprayed together in the shortest amount of time. Hopefully the bee keepers will cooperate and be gone ASAP after petal fall. Many growers are going now with Exirel, Movento, or Sivanto(if they got any). This should help keep the populations low going into April.

    Contribution by Steve Farr

    2/16/15 0 counts and high flush. This area just had a Baythroid application applied by air or ground. Discussion are to use Movento, Closure, Exirel, or Sivanto during bloom.

    Next regional application will be at petal fall (whenever that might be) and will be using Danitol. April is usually some of the highest counts of the year, and if you look at the yearly comparison spread sheet you will see this peak in April we have had the last 4 years of scouting. This is the case in the 10 other areas we scout. Thus will be working towards a large contingency of growers with participation at one of the highest pressure times of the year. Hopefully the bee keepers will cooperate and will have to work around Valencia harvesting, but the 1 Day PHI will help.

    The researchers tell us the longer it takes to get this application done, the more eggs and nymphs are getting established and it is much harder to get good efficacy when these numbers of nymphs and eggs are increasing with all the spring flush, as well as having to work around the bloom. Hopefully, with some of the new products available to use during bloom, growers can slow down the populations till the bees and bloom are gone. But regardless of what is done in bloom, they say April is the peak for movement and increases in populations throughout the state and their large scouting data shows that is the case the last 4 years.

    Contribution by Steve Farr

    10/14/14 Counts are high. Been this way the last several inspections. See this in most other areas as well. Notice the flush %, 2 to 3 times more than the previous October flushes. We all like the flushes, unfortunately, so do the psyllids.

    Next regional application being discussed is a Pyrethroid to start the last week on October or early November.

    Baythroid a new Bayer product looks like the material to use by air.

    Jerry Wise will be flying this area and can be reached by replying to all or call him 334-898-7772

    8/28/14 Counts are on the rise. Next regional application being discussed is an O.P. material to go out starting mid next week.

    Contribution by Steve Farr

    8/14/14 Counts are down. This is approximately 4 weeks after the regional application of Dimethoate, and most of this area has been or will be sprayed in the next two weeks with Agri-flex, oil, nutritionals, and copper where needed.

    The next planned regional application being discussed is for early September with Dimethoate again. This should be before any harvesting thus help with the 14 day PHI.

    Contribution by Steve Farr

    6/26/14 Plans are being made for the upcoming July regional spray application using Dimethoate. Jerry Wise will be working in the area beginning about July 3. Peace River, Gapway, BHG, Devane, Davis, Garrard, Emmett, & Smith are participating in the aerial application. SunGrown will be spraying by ground, coordinating application times with the aerial application. Please reply back to me or call Jerry Wise if you would like to be included in the current aerial spray.

    Contribution by Larry Black (863) 285-7164

    6/16/14 Counts are down, following the Mustang or Malathion applied by air in the last two weeks. We are finishing our first summer oil with Movento and Imidacloprid.

    Discussions are for a Dimethoate application in early July by air. This is one of the more reasonable sprays at less than 11.00 per acre, and one of the better efficacy ones done by air, pending participation. The Dimethoate does have a 10 day REI. Thus some growers use other O.P. materials and can be arranged with the pilot.

    Contribution by Steve Farr

    6/4/14 Counts are on the rise. Jerry Wise will be starting the regional application by air, tomorrow, pending weather. He will be applying Mustang on some of this area and Malathion on others.

    If you have not already, you can call Jerry at 334-898-7772

    The next scheduled regional application is Dimethoate or another O.P. material, for early July.

    Contribution by Steve Farr

    5/28/14 Peace River scouts are picking up Adults and nymphs in the area. The map for Cycle 49 of the Fort Meade / Alturas CHMA demonstrates the value of the coordinated effort in the south ½ of the CHMA.

    Peace River, Gapway, BHG, Devane, Smith, Garrard, Gabriel, & Limestone are in for the Mustang spray scheduled to start by Monday June 4.

    Please reply back if you would like to be included in the current spray.

    The next regional effort is a Dimethoate spray scheduled for mid July.

    Contribution by Larry Black

    5/13/14 Counts are low, but still have some hot spots. We are finishing the post bloom spray with Malathion, Abermectin, oil, nutritionals and copper. Have done some perimeter Danitol sprays also, around the hot spot areas.

    Discussions going on are to look at a Mustang regional application to knock down the adult pressure before the summer oil sprays start in June. Will have aerial applicators going around the last week of May. This will cost less than 12.00 per acre, materials and application. Harvesting should be completed.

    The next application behind this one will be the Dimethoate in July. If interested in the mustang by air, let me know.

    Contribution by Steve Farr

    4/16/14  Counts are down, approximately 8 days post an aerial application of Danitol.  But you can see how the pressure was before the application.

    Growers are looking at an Organophosphate material next to go out with the post bloom sprays.
    An aerial application will be difficult with harvesting and 7 days PHI.

     

    Contribution by Steve Farr

    3/29/14 Adult psyllids are on the move.  Some of the highest counts we have seen is some time.  Seeing this in most other locations, the adults are moving. Usually higher counts in the same areas we have had in the past.  Also a perimeter hit.

    Will be using Danitol this week, either by ground or air. Putting together the maps now, and will send out the information in the next two days.  All the bees should be out by this coming week, and will have to work around harvesting. The 24 PHI should help.

    Total costs, materials and application approximately 23.00 per acre.

    If interested reply to me

    Contribution by Steve Farr

    3/18/14   low counts of psyllids, but starting to increase in most areas, approximately 8 weeks post the regional application of Danitol.   Also, most of this area has had a Malathion application with nutritionals in last 4 weeks.

    If you look at the report and see the grafts, you will see that the peak populations of psyllids generally happens in the late march/April time frame, the last two years.   For March and the bloom, there is some new materials that should help if the counts start to rise before the bloom is over (whenever that might be).

    The next important regional application will be just after petal fall, with Danitol, which has a 1 day PHI that should help with the Valencia harvest.  There will be several aerial applicators working in this area at that time.  Some growers are thinking by the last week in March (10 days), we will be at petal fall.
    In other areas the counts are going up now, and will be starting a perimeter spray tonight with Closer. Working towards keeping the counts low till we get to the Danitol regional application in 10 days, approximately.

    Contribution by Steve Farr

    2/28/14   0 counts of psyllids, approximately 6 weeks post the regional application of Danitol.  Also, most of this area has had a Malathion application with nutritionals in last 3 weeks.

    If you look at the report and see the grafts, you will see that the peak population of psyllids generally happens in the late march/April time frame, the last two years.   For March and the bloom, there is some new materials that should help if the counts start to rise before the bloom is over(whenever that might be).

    The next important regional application will be just after petal fall, with Danitol, which has a 1 day PHI that should help with the Valencia harvest.  There will be several aerial applicators working in this area at that time. Thus, will be discussing more as we get closer to petal fall.

    Contribution by Steve Farr

    2/13/14   0 counts, approximately 4 weeks post the regional application of Danitol.  If you look at the report and see the grafts, you will see that the peak population of psyllids generally happens in the late march/April time frame, the last two years.   This being said, growers are looking at doing another regional application before the main bloom in the next two weeks. This should help reduce the spike mentioned above. The Organophosphate materials are being used now, to rotate behind the Danitol, and most likely another Danitol at petal fall, whenever that is, last year this was not until mid-April.

    Thus if growers are using ground rigs with nutritionals and want an extra preventive psyllids spray before the bloom, an Organophosphate material is encouraged to be used. Unfortunately, all of these have a minimum 7 days PHI.

    Jerry Wise will be going in this area next week, and is using Malathion, total costs are approximately 14.00/acre.  If you have not already gotten engaged, please reply to all to be added to the spray list.

    Contribution by Steve Farr

    1/29/14 0 counts of Psyllids, approximately 2 weeks post the regional Danitol application. Some discussion about February spraying, growers going with a systemic material such as Movento, Portal, or Grandevo, with nutritionals. Might need to add an adulticide O.P. material such as Malathion, Dibrom or Imidan. These will need a 5 day post-harvest interval.

    If we start seeing adults from the scouting, might put together an aerial application to go with neighbors in February to put out the O.P. material, and spray by ground as well with the other materials. With the amount of flushing growers are seeing, this might be the best scenario.

    The important thing, is with the bloom period in March(or whenever the main blooms is??), to try and get as good of controls as possible before the bees get started. The highest counts of the year are usually during or just at the end of the peak bloom, at least were growers are trying to spray for them. We do have some new materials, which might help during this time, that are supposed to be effective against the psyllids and not on the bees.

    Contribution by Steve Farr

    1/12/14 Counts are on the rise, the Ft. Meade regional aerial application should get underway by the first part of this upcoming week. As has been discussed the regional dormant application was attempted to be completed by the 15th. The windy conditions have made the two week window a little tighter to accomplish than other past applications.

    Most growers are seeing the increase in flush and are reporting higher than normal psyllids counts for this time of year. They are looking at going with a systemic material, such as Movento, Portal, or Grandevo in February with nutritionals before the bees get moved in.

    The next regional application will be at petal fall, possibly late March or early April. Last year this was not till April 15th. The material discussed will be a pyrethroid of Danitol or Mustang, which will help with the 1 day Post Harvest Interval. This time of year (petal fall) is usually the peak time of year for psyllids populations, thus the need to work towards a successful regional application with everyone engaged with working together.

    Contribution by Steve Farr

    11/20/13  Most of this area just got sprayed with the regional Mustang application. We are finding a few hot spots, that might have to be addressed before the next planned spray of Danitol in January.

    Contribution by Steve Farr

    11/4/13 Scouts found very few counts this past week in the Ft. Meade area. This is approximately 2 weeks since the perimeter sprays were applied with an Imidacloprid. As has been discussed, starting today, November 4th, the regional sprays will begin with Mustang. Jerry Wise with AgFlying Services will have 3 planes spraying in all of south Polk county and central to north Highlands county, as well as some of Hardee county. If you have not already contacted him you can reply to all or call Jerry at 334-898-7772

    Contribution by Steve Farr

    10/17/13 Counts are low, but starting to rise on the perimeter of these blocks. This is approximately 4 weeks post the Dimethoate regional application. We are currently doing a perimeter spray with an Imidacloprid on all areas. Trying to keep populations down till November.

    Most growers are discussing going with the next regional CHMA application in November, with Mustang. This application, in the past, has been considered the first dormant application, and has been effective to keep populations down, going into the winter and setting up for the January Danitol application. Jerry Wise will be flying with at least two or three planes in November. You can reach him at 334-898-7772

    Contribution by Steve Farr

    10/3/13 Counts are down, 1- 2 weeks post the regional application of an Organophosphate material, most of this area had a dimethoate application done by air.

    Discussion going forward is to coordinate a Pyrethroid regional application in November. The 1 day PHI, should help with this application.

    Contribution by Steve Farr

    9/19/13 Ft. Meade area counts are starting to rise. Should be a regional application going on now, and there will be two to three planes working in this area in the next day or two. If you have not already coordinated with Jerry Wise, you can reply to this email and we will get your blocks included, or call Jerry Wise direct 334-898-7772

    Contribution by Steve Farr

    9/9/13 Counts are starting to rise. This has been mostly the same in all other areas

    Growers are finishing their second oil sprays, and the discussion is to go with a regional application, starting September 9th, and using an Organophosphate material. There will be coordinated aerial sprays going out with mostly Dimethoate being done in this area. Total cost of less than $11.00 per acre (materials and application)

    If you have not already gotten engaged, you can do so by replying to all or call Ag Flying services at 334-898-7772

    Contribution by Steve Farr

    8/21/13 0 psyllids found at Ft. Meade area. This is approximately 3 weeks post the regional application of Dimethoate. Growers are in the middle of their second summer oil spray, some using neonicotinoids with their oil.

    The next planned regional spray being discussed for this area is to go with Dimethoate again starting mid-September.

    Contribution by Steve Farr

    7/31/13 This report is from last week, before the aerial application that is getting done this week. The counts are starting to go up and will send out the next report in about 10 days. Most all other locations are completed and the counts are coming back with 0 in most areas.

    Growers are now going with their second summer oil spray in August and using a neonicotinoids such as Imidacloprid or Actara.

    The next regional application is being discussed to go with Dimethoate in mid-September.

    Contribution by Steve Farr

    7/12/13 Counts are low. This is approximately 3-4 weeks post a Mustang application. Plan is for an aerial application of Dimethoate to start by the end of next week pending weather. Approximate cost is $10.50 per acre. If you have not already signed up you can contact Jerry Wise with Ag Flying Services at 334-898-7772

    Contribution by Steve Farr

    6/21/13 Ft. Meade counts are down. Most of this area just had an application of Mustang done by air. Also, Appling Movento with nutritionals and copper by ground. If you look at the graft, last year there was a peak in June, will see how this works out with the next inspection. Based on the state scouting reports for this area, the psyllids pressure has decreased when you compare the counts to last year.

    The next regional spray is being lined up to go with Dimethoate in July. Looking at doing the entire area starting around July 8 and finish in two weeks or July 21.

    If you have not participated with the aerial application before you can reply back to me or call Jerry Wise at 334-898-7772. Also, there are several contract ULV machines available to do areas the plane cannot get into. Or if you are spraying anyways with ground rigs, the program would call for an O.P. material if Dimethoate is not used (Imidan, Lorsban,Dibrom, Malathion)

    Contribution by Steve Farr

    6/5/13 Counts are down, approximately 3 weeks post an Imidan application, mostly done by air. If you look at the graft and last year in June we had a spike before the July regional dimethoate got on. We are going to go by air next week again with Mustang, if anyone in this area would like to be included let us or Jerry Wise know. Discussion going forward is most growers starting a summer oil spray with nutritionals and copper. Insecticides being used are either a nionic or a pyrethroid. Growers are looking at a Dimethoate aerial application in early July, thus need to leave out an O.P. material in this June summer oil spray.

    5/6/13 Psyllids counts are down. One adult found!! This is post the Danitol regional application done approximately 2 weeks ago. Growers are going with post bloom sprays and using a miticide, oil, nutritionals, and copper where needed for canker controls. We are doing some perimeter sprays at night, but will coordinate an Imidan application in the next two weeks by air. The reason for spraying this area by air during the same month as we are spraying the same blocks by ground with the materials mentioned above, is that we have SEEN the better controls of applying the whole block in one day verses taking a month to spray the block by ground, and even better controls if the immediate neighbors get done at the same time. If anyone in this area would like to be included, let us know. Cost will be approximately 19.00 per acre, 1# Imidan, plus buffer/adjuvant and 10 gl/acre aerial application.

    Contribution by Steve Farr

    4/23/13 As expected counts have jumped. This will be a challenge for the regional spray of a Pyrethroid.

    Planes are in the area now, and have had some difficult weather to work in. Based on the forecast, they should get the growers that have indicated they are in for the aerial, done by the end of this week. Growers are discussing to start their post bloom sprays soon, if not already, and going with nutritionals, miticides, coppers, and an O.P. for psyllids.

    Currently, the next regional aerial application is being discussed to use Dimethoate in July, between the two summer oil sprays and after Valencia harvest.

    This has been very effective the last two years, in that good control and costs at aprox. $10.00 per acre, total.

    Contribution by Steve Farr

    4/10/13 As you can tell, the counts are starting to increase. This region has been discussing going with a Pyrethoid, Mustang or Danitol as soon as the bloom is done. There will be aerial applications starting next week in this area.

    Contribution by Steve Farr

    2/21/13 There will be a meeting of the Ft. Meade/Alturas CHMA on March 19th. The meeting will be located at Peace River Packing Company and will begin at 9:oo am. Peace River Packing Company is located at 221 West Broadway, Fort Meade, FL 33841.

    2/5/13 0 adult psyllids and 0 nymphs found. This is approximately 2 weeks post the Danitol application. 63% flush, this is probably going to make it a challenge to keep low levels of psyllids through the bloom (whenever that is) without spraying during the bloom.

    We have started spraying with nutritionals, oil and Portal on the solid young blocks that we assume will have the most potential pressure, with most if not 100% of these 5 year old solid set blocks closing in on full bloom.

    Contribution by Steve Farr

    1/22/13 0 counts of psyllids, this is approximately 5 days post the regional application of Danitol depending on which section. The Ft. Meade area is still getting sprayed and the pilot only has approximately 6 hours flying time to finish the blocks on the north end of this region. Notice the flush compared to last year at the same time of year. Going forward the discussion is to coordinate a petal fall spray (early March?) with an Organophosphate material. This will be interesting with the different stages of flush and the timing with Bee keepers and harvesting. The Organophosphate materials generally have a 7 day PHI. Our plan is to start a systemic material spray with nutritionals in the next two weeks to try and get ahead of the majority of flush, and protect the flush through the bloom period and get to the petal fall spray in March. This obviously, can/will change.

    Contribution by Steve Farr

    1/9/13 Ft. Meade scouting report. Psyllid pressure is still low but starting to build. If you compare last years % flushing you will see 2.2% last year verses 38% flushing now. This has been discussed and is why Lake Alfred suggests to get this regional application of Danitol applied asap. There will be two planes going in this area this weekend and if you have not already coordinated you can reply to all or call the contractor, Jerry Wise at 334-898-7772

    Contribution by Steve Farr

    12/26/12 The Ft. Meade area has some of the lowest counts we are finding compared to our other areas. Also there is an increase in flush, which usually means the more flush the more psyllids. As has been discussed, with all the defoliation last month and with the warmer early December, this is setting up to create the situation we are seeing. The plan is to start the Danitol regional spray Wednesday Jan 2. Some growers are going ahead and starting this week, because of harvesting. The Danitol does have a 24 hour post-harvest. There will be two planes and contract ULV machines available to complete this regional spray, and the goal is to finish by January 15th. With the potential flush (particularly on the sick greening trees, some of these are already in early bloom stages), IFAS recommends to get this dormant spray applied as quickly as possible before the psyllids have a chance to multiply.

     

    12/5/12 Low counts with very low flush, this is approximately 3 weeks after the regional application of Mustang. Discussions are for the next regional application of Danitol to be done in January. Last year there was an increase in counts in December before the Danitol sprays in January. With all the defoliation the last month, and if/when we see 80 degrees, we could see more flush and psyllid pressure before we get to January.

    Contribution by Steve Farr

    11/16/12 Psyllids counts are low, also the % flushing is low, which has a lot to do with these low counts. There should be 3 planes going in this area the first of next week with the Mustang. This is about a week behind the intended time window, but the weather has delayed the application process.

    Contribution by Steve Farr

    10/30/12 A coordinated spray is scheduled for the Ft. Meade/Alturas CHMA. The coordinated spray will begin on November 1st and continue through November 15th. The selected Mode of action for this spray will be a Pyrethroid (Mustang, Danitol). The detailed coordinated spray plan for this CHMA can be found by clicking on the link titled "Planned Pesticide Applications".

    10/9/12 Psyllids counts are down. This is approximately 2-3 weeks after the regional dimethoate application. Discussion going forward is to do a dormant pyrethroid regional application in early November.

    Contribution by Steve Farr

    10/4/12 There is a Fort Meade/Alturas CHMA meeting on Tuesday October 23 at 9AM. The meeting will last approximately one hour and will be held in the Clover Room at the Polk County Extension Office. The office is located at 1702 Highway 17 South, Bartow, FL 33831. The telephone number is 863-519-8677.

    Brandon Page with UF IFAS is working on a presentation to update us on our specific performance compared to other CHMA's around the state. He will highlight psyllid control success stories and 'problem' blocks in our area.

    The meeting should be very informative, and will be a good opportunity for us to compare experiences and plan for the 2013 season.

    Please plan to attend and invite your neighbors. Please contact me at larry@peaceriverpacking.com or Chris Oswalt at wcoswalt@ufl.edu if you have any questions or ideas for the discussion.

    Contribution by Larry Black

    9/21/12 The psyllids report shows ACP pressure as high as we have had in this area. This is 5-8 weeks after the agri-flex spray, depending on which block. This area is in the middle of a regional application now with an Organophosphate.

    Contribution by Steve Farr

    9/20/12 This area will start an aerial application in the morning, pending weather. If you have groves in this map and have not already notified Jerry Wise, you can do so in the am. (334)-898-7772 He is using Dimethoate and the cost will be around $11.00 per acre.

    Contribution by Steve Farr

    9/17/12 This is approximately 3 to 6 weeks post the agri-flex spray, depending on which block.

    From this you can see they are starting to increase and there is plenty of flush for new generations to build. Also, all the psyllids were found on a perimeter check and 0 were found in the center of the blocks. Some growers in this region are finishing their oil spray and the discussion has been to wait till latter in September before the regional spray with an O.P. material.

    BHG is riding 8 weeks on some of the blocks now and will need to go ahead with an aerial application starting tomorrow, depending on the weather. Gapway is also going with this same regional application as well.

    If any growers would like to be included, call me 863-635-2251 or Jerry Wise the pilot at 334-898-7772. Dimethoate is the O.P. material he is using at approximately $10.50 per acre.

    Contribution by Steve Farr

    7/25/12 There is a reduction in the overall psyllid pressure in the Ft. Meade area. This is almost 10 days after the Dimethoate regional application. We have not seen this same reduction in all of the areas we scout.

    This is interesting in that all the other 10 areas in 5 counties were done with the same regional application attempts and with the same materials applied the same way. One big difference in this area is, in general, there is more participation with most ALL growers in this area. Either all the acreage was done by air, at the same time, or there was some ULV work being done at night during the same week with the same materials. Also a few growers were still applying their first summer oil and added an O.P. material with their oil, nutritional sprays.

    Regardless, we think the lower counts in this Ft. Meade area is because of the grower participation with this regional application. This being said, the discussion now is that most growers are going with their second oil sprays with nutritionals and are trying to work on the building rust mite pressure. Some are including a neonicotinoid material for the psyllids and leaf minors.

    The next regional application is being discussed to go in late August or early September with another O.P. spray. Thus growers are recommending to not us an O.P. material with their oil sprays now.

    Contribution by Steve Farr

    7/12/12 There is a coordinated spray taking place currently in the FT. Meade/Alturas CHMA. The regional spray will last through the end of the week. The selected material for this spray application is an Organophosphate.


    5/30/12 Counts from the previous inspection were at a total of 30 nymphs and 2 adults and are now down to 5 nymphs and 1 adult. This is approximately 3 to 4 weeks after an Abermectin, oil, and Imidicloprid, spray. These blocks also had a perimeter spray only, done last week with Imidan. Most growers are discussing of starting a summer oil spray soon going with nutritionals, coppers, oil, and a broad spectrum material such as Movento, Portal, or Agri-flex.

    Also most growers want to shoot for the next regional spray to be late June or early July with an O.P. material, thus if possible, need to leave out any O.P. materials in the next spray.

    Contribution by Steve Farr

    5/16/12 Steve Farr has contributed the following information. The next regional spray will likely occur in late June to early July, using an organophosphate material. Once the exact date of the coordinated spray is known it will be posted to the latest new of this CHMA's website.

    4/2/12 Steve Farr provided the following information. As has been discussed, the plan is to start a.s.a.p. behind the bloom with an O.P. Some have already started, and are also applying nutritionals and coppers.

    We will have a plane applying Imidan starting the end of this week.

    Have not heard from many to be included with this, but most are going with their ground rigs and wanting to apply nutritionals and coppers at the same time as the O.P.

    Harvesting will be somewhat of a problem in that the PHI for the O.P. materials is a minimum of 7 days.

    Our plan is to be finished with the area, either by plane or ground rigs, by the Friday April 13th.

    If you want to be included with the aerial application, call Jerry direct at 334-898-7772.

    Update as of 3/13/12. We are starting to find a few psyllids around the perimeters of a few areas. This is the first time the scouts have found any in the Ft. Meade area since December. This is also the same situation in most all other areas we scout in.

    As discussed earlier, the plan is to start the next spray at petal fall with an O.P. material. This would include Dimethoate, Malathion or Imidan.

    2/24/12 –Steve Farr (2/22/12) released the psyllid scouting report for our south Ft. Meade area.
    0 psyllids found, this is about 6 weeks after the regional application of Danitol. This is the second time the scouts did not find any psyllids in this area since we started the scouting program last August. Were we have checked in blocks that did not participate with the Dormant regional spray, we are finding low populations but can find some, and it is these adult psyllids that will be producing the nymphs that will become adults and will be foraging to adjacent groves in the next few weeks.

    Growers are looking at February to go with a miticide/insecticide material such as Movento or Portal.

    The next regional spray is being discussed to start after bloom, probably in late March, with an O.P. material.

    This being the plan, growers that plan to spray in February SHOULD NOT USE an O.P. material.

    I will be forwarding some research material that shows were we are headed with psyllids building a resistance to our current insecticides and if you look at the research you will see that the ERGENCY in working together to prolong the inevitable from happening when it comes to psyllid resistance.

    We think most growers agree that the nutritional programs are making a difference in their bottom line today, but also most growers agree that psyllid management MUST be part of this strategy to stay profitable. Currently, the only strategy we have is to spray for them, and without a doubt, the best way to do this is with these regional efforts, using the SAME materials, at the SAME time.

    2/3/12 – Report from south end of Ft. Meade/ Alturas CHMA
    From Steve Farr on February 3, 2012. 0 psyllids found, this is about 2.5 weeks after the regional application of Danitol. Growers are looking at February to go with a miticide/insecticide material such as Movento or Portal.

    The next regional spray is being discussed to start after bloom, probably in March, with an O.P. material. This being the plan, growers that plan to spray in February SHOULD NOT USE an O.P. material.

    I will be forwarding some research material that shows were we are headed with psyllids building a resistance to our current insecticides and if you look at the research you will see that the URGENCY in working together to prolong the inevitable from happening when it comes to psyllid resistance.

    We think most growers agree that the nutritional programs are making a difference in their bottom line today, but also most growers agree that psyllid management MUST be part of this strategy to stay profitable.

    Currently, the only strategy we have is to spray for them, and without a doubt, the best way to do this is with these regional efforts, using the SAME materials, at the SAME time.

    1/11/12 – A coordinated psyllid spray is underway using a pyrethroid (Mustang or Danitol). Depending on weather conditions this spray should be completed by week's end.


    1/5/12 – As you know, the Danitol has been one of the more effective applications for the psyllids the last 3 years and needs to be done before the spring flush.

    The next coordinated psyllid spray will begin the first week of January 2012 using a pyrethroid (i.e. Danitol or Mustang). If you are interested in participating in the application contact Chris Oswalt at 863-519-8677 ext. 108 or wcoswalt@ufl.edu.

    9/13/11 - The next planned regional spray is coming up in the middle of September and the general thought is to go with an O.P. sometime around the middle of the month. There will be two planes and 3 different ULV contractors with several machines available that will be working in these areas if you would like to participate. Also, as always, many will be spraying with their ground rigs and adding nutritionals as well. Again, the main thing is to spray as many acres as possible with the same chemistry (O.P.) at the same time. In this case from September 19th through the 29th. Most growers are looking at Dimethoate in this application in that the Post Harvest Interval of 15 days should not be a problem, yet, and this material has done an admirable job for everyone in the past. The $10 to $11 costs of materials and application per acre also helps.

    8/14/11 – Discussion going on about the next regional spray effort for Ft. Meade / Alturas.
    Most growers are in the middle of their second oil spray and are using an imidicloprid, or Actara material, with the nutritionals, coppers, and miticides. Were we have not sprayed yet, and are 1 month out from the July regional spray with an O.P. material we are scouting these blocks and the psyllid counts are still low, other than some hot areas that are usually located next to a grower who is not concerned with the psyllid populations this time of year.

    The July regional spray for this area was one of the biggest to date. Hopefully we can do this again.

    We are starting to see significant differences in the psyllid populations based on how well the areas are getting treated as a whole region. This is encouraging for the investments the growers are spending towards psyllid management.

    This being said, the discussion for this area is to go with another O.P. spray sometime in the middle of September. The PHI of 5 to 15 days should not be a problem at this time. Many growers are looking at using Dimethoate with an ULV application at night or by air in the day.

    As always, it is about the timing and the materials being used, and not as important about how it is done. But if we can get enough big areas together we can use the planes. Were growers have done this in the past, they are seeing longer intervals between the sprays without getting hammered with new psyllids.

    This application can be done for approximately $10.00 per acre.

    Further down the road we are looking at maybe one more spray in October/November, with a pyrethoid. If rust mites are not a problem and we can get in after the fall scattered flushes, then we might want to do another regional spray with the ULV machines and/or planes. This would be considered a dormant spray and IFAS feel that this one and the January dormant sprays are the most effective psyllid sprays of the year.

    8/22/12 The Ft. Meade area is showing a 0 psyllid count for this area. The Blumberg area is down at the Bairs Den groves, south of Lake Placid. This area currently has the highest counts in all areas and is the highest we have had since we started scouting 1 year ago. This area is on the same program and being sprayed with the same materials, but we have not been able to coordinate a regional application as well as the Ft. Meade area.

    One can see the results in the effectiveness of the regional sprays.

    The discussion has been to use an O.P. material in September, after the oil sprays should be finished.

    Will be looking at the same methods as in the past with the aerial and ground ULV machines going at that time. Depending on rust mite pressures, some growers might have to go with ground applications to attack the mites and include an O.P. material. Also, some growers are looking at another nutritional application, thus will be going with ground applications with nutritionals and an O.P. material. This should happen before any harvesting concerns with the PHI problems with the O.P. materials.

    This also could be the last regional spray attempt until November when the first Dormant applications begin.

    Contribution by Steve Farr

    8/8/12  Psyllids counts are down for this area, currently.  This is approximately 4 weeks behind the regional application of an O.P. material done early July.  Most growers are in their second summer oil sprays and are trying to get their rust mite populations in control. We are about 50% completed with our oil, abermectin, actara, and nutritional spray.  Most growers are finding heavy mite populations.

    Growers are discussing about going with another regional O.P.  application in late August or early September.  This would follow their second summer oil spray and would be before any harvesting gets started.  Would probably be the last attempt of a regional application until the dormant sprays in November.

    Contribution by Steve Farr