Citrus Health Management Areas (CHMAs)

Citrus Health Management Areas

NW Desoto CHMA News Archive

    3/11/16 Vc managment decided to use a organophospate for the groves located on Barrow road. We're nearly finished with that application. Also we decide to use a Neonicotinoid for the remainder of our citrus acreage. Which extends south of 72 and north of 70 into Ona . The wind is slowing us down but we hope to finish by the end of March. Also remember to be on the lookout for PFD as well as staying up to date on the implementation on bactericides. Williamsburg Air Service, the local applicator in Arcadia will also be available with aircraft if desired. Contact Travis at (863) 990-5186 for details. Thank you and remember to encourage your neighbors to spray!

    VC Hollingsworth IV

    3/2/2016 Greetings! As we move further into 2016, I know Psyllid control and Greening is on everyone's minds. The CHMA's in this area have been extremely lax, helping to give our county some of the highest Psyllid numbers in the state. I, Vernon Hollingsworth IV am proud to be your NW DeSoto CHMA coordinator and am hoping we can find a way to work together to combat this issue. The biggest thing we can do to help lower the psyllid populations is to strive to spray together within short time windows. There are several affordable options available and regardless of the method chosen, if you as well as your neighbors spray, it prevents the bugs from merely hopping from one grove to the next and allows them no safe havens. I understand that it is difficult to get everyone's schedules to align but I am hoping that through open communications we can reach a middle ground. I have attached a basic spray template as a rough guide as to when upcoming sprays will occur.

    For the month of March we are seeing low to moderate psyllid populations but they're expected to rise. We are currently making preparations to begin an insecticide application, I will be providing an update once a mode of action has been determined. At this time we will most likely be ground sprayers, however all are encouraged to spray by any means, most likely beginning the first week of March. There will also be an airplane and helicopter available in the area. Feel free to contact me with any questions.

    Thank you and I look forward to working with you,
    Vernon Hollingsworth IV
    863-244-3307

    3/2/2016 Greetings! As we move further into 2016, I know Psyllid control and Greening is on everyone's minds. The CHMA's in this area have been extremely lax, helping to give our county some of the highest Psyllid numbers in the state. I, Vernon Hollingsworth IV am proud to be your NW DeSoto CHMA coordinator and am hoping we can find a way to work together to combat this issue. The biggest thing we can do to help lower the psyllid populations is to strive to spray together within short time windows. There are several affordable options available and regardless of the method chosen, if you as well as your neighbors spray, it prevents the bugs from merely hopping from one grove to the next and allows them no safe havens. I understand that it is difficult to get everyone's schedules to align but I am hoping that through open communications we can reach a middle ground. I have attached a basic spray template as a rough guide as to when upcoming sprays will occur.

    For the month of March we are seeing low to moderate psyllid populations but they're expected to rise. We are currently making preparations to begin an insecticide application, I will be providing an update once a mode of action has been determined. At this time we will most likely be ground sprayers, however all are encouraged to spray by any means, most likely beginning the first week of March. There will also be an airplane and helicopter available in the area. Feel free to contact me with any questions.

    Thank you and I look forward to working with you,
    Vernon Hollingsworth IV
    863-244-3307

    11/14/11 First dormant spray could be scheduled for mid November with an organophosphates (OP) or pyrethroids. OPs have a long pre harvest interval (PHI) ranges from 7 to 21 days (Lorsban 21 days; Dimethoate 15 to 45 days; Malathion 7 days; Imidan 7 days) and may not be a good option as the PHI may impact harvesting schedules. Pyrethoids have a much shorter PHI of 12 hrs (Mustang) to 24 hrs for Danitol and may work around harvesting schedule much better than the OP. When using any pesticide, be sure to read the label and follow the directions. Labels between products with the same active ingredient may vary in regards to REI, PHI and/or amount to apply.

    Second dormant spray (Jan/Feb) is suggested to use a pyrethoid due to short PHI and they (pyrethoids) tend to work good in cool/cold situations and have a short PHI that would be very flexiable around harvesting operations.