Excerpt from the article “Are you choosing the right spray for the right weeds?” by Kurt Hembree, UCCE Weed Management Advisor, Fresno County on the San Joaquin Valley Trees and Vines website.
With almond harvest winding down and preparations being made for winter, now is the time to choose the right spray for the right weeds in your orchard. Hopefully you already know what weeds you’ll be up against this season. If not, try and identify them ASAP.
Smart, cost-effective weed control hinges on your ability to tailor your herbicide spray program to the specific weeds in your orchard. The preferred method of weed control is to apply a combination of soil-residual (preemergent) herbicides, followed by timely foliar (postemergent) sprays when weeds emerge later. Tank-mixing appropriate pre- and postemergent materials will control both small emerged weeds and germinating weed seeds in the soil.
Read the full article on San Joaquin Valley Trees and Vines for more tips and resources for effective orchard weed management.