Monthly Archives: July 2020

OFM Degree Days and Optimal Spray Timing, 7.30.20

I’m having unexplained issues with updating my degree day graph for 3rd brood OFM, so today will just post by text. The optimal timing for the second half of third brood OFM larvae in APPLES is as follows: Assail at 2800 – 2900 DD; Altacor, Besiege, Delegate, Exirel, Imidan, Lannate, Verdepryn, or Voliam Flexi at 2900 – 3000 DD. In the Winchester area, we will reach 2800 DD on Aug 1-2, and 2900 DD on Aug 4-5.

Section 18 Emergency Exemption approved for dinotefuran against brown marmorated stink bug

On July 15, 2020 the EPA approved the renewal of a Section 18 Emergency Exemption for use of the neonicotinoid insecticide, dinotefuran, against brown marmorated stink bug in pome and stone fruit crops in Virginia. Growers from the other States that have previously participated in this Section 18 should contact their State Department of Agriculture regarding the status of this petition. The two products included in this exemption are Venom Insecticide and Scorpion 35SL Insecticide. Per application, Venom can be used at rates between 4.0 and 6.75 oz of product per acre (0.179 to 0.302 lb active ingredient) and Scorpion at 8.0 to 12.0 fl oz of product per acre (0.203 to 0.304 lb active ingredient). Restrictions include a maximum of two applications per season, a seasonal maximum of 0.608 lb active ingredient per acre (regardless of product used), and a minimum 7-day re-application interval. The re-entry interval for both products is 12-hours and a 3-day preharvest interval must be observed for both. This compound is highly toxic to bees and remains toxic to bees exposed to residues for more than 38 hours following an application. This Section 18 for use of dinotefuran  in Virginia pome and stone fruit will expire on October 15, 2020.

CM and OFM Degree Days and Optimal Spray Timing, 7.16.20

In the attached graphs for CM degree day accumulation in central Virginia you will note that the last optimal timing for managing 2nd brood CM larvae using products indicated by the green lines is within the next 1-3 days, based on model predictions using a biofix of April 17 and 22 for the Red Hill and Batesville areas, respectively. After 2nd brood, the model is not used, so management decisions can be based on whether or not CM captures in pheromone traps exceed the threshold of an average of 5 moths/trap/week.

CM and OFM Degree Days and Optimal Spray Timing, 7.9.20

You may have noticed in my previous posts regarding degree days and optimal timings that some of the chemical names shown to the right of the graphs were underlined in red and others were not. This was an oversight of mine that Keith Yoder pointed out to me today. It was due to my not having these names in my “dictionary” and did not indicate any recommendation of one product versus another. Note that this has been corrected.