January 2020 Issue 1

The NEW Newsletter from the Almond Experts at Wilbur-Ellis

Shelling Out Useful, Real-World Almond Knowledge

You’re reading the very first edition of For All the Almonds, monthly advice from the almond experts at Wilbur-Ellis. We know making decisions in this industry can often be difficult. What product should I buy? When should I apply it? How should I apply it? Do I need to follow up with anything? It can all be a bit too much. But we’re here to tell you, no matter when you’re reading this, Your Yield Starts Today. That’s why we decided to put this newsletter together. To give you even more timely access to our expert agronomists – here to work with you to put together a program that’s best for your orchard’s needs. Keep reading for a sample of our January recommendations.

Get a Jump Start on Your Iron Needs
With At-Bloom Iron Applications

VERSATILE® IRON SHIELD® is an iron liquid micronutrient that you can apply with your UAN early-on with your calcium and acid-based based fertilizers. Add it to your 1st and 2nd fertilizer applications.

VERSATILE IRON SHIELD contains humic acid, which allows for increased nutrient uptake and high microbial activity in your soil. Plus, it allows for plant availability across all soil pH’s, so you can even use VERSATILE IRON SHIELD without compromising performance if you have high lime or are seeing iron chlorosis. And remember, when you start your applications early, you have a higher probability of better nutrient uptake throughout your entire season.

Are Your Trees Ready and Open to Oil Applications?

Preventing San Jose Scale & European Fruit Lecanium Scales

Does a Dormant Spray Make Sense this Year?
If you typically have problems with European Fruit Lecanium or San Jose Scale, an oil application might be necessary. Oils can smother the scale and can be mixed and applied with copper applications.

However, be sure your trees are fully prepped for this application. Keep an eye on the weather and only apply during or right after a weather event of warm, moist and damp conditions such as heavy fog or rainfall. 
  • Weather is BELOW freezing
  • Trees are not well irrigated
Bark needs to be moist, so an application during heavy fog or after rainfall is the best timing.

Sweep & Destroy

Remove Your Mummy Nuts Now
The time to do your sweeps (Shake & Pull) for mummy nuts is right now. Keep an eye out for nuts leftover from last season that might still be on your trees. If Naval Orangeworm was found during your post-harvest season, they may have created a livable habitat which could lead to an infestation in 2020.
These mummy nuts need to be shaken off, swept up and destroyed. Even mummy nuts left on the ground can create a growth environment, making your trees susceptible to pest pressure later in the season, especially during hull split.

Is Your Soil Ready for the Season?

Soil Amendments for a Stronger Start
It’s not too late for Prilled Gypsum. If you’re thinking about applying TIGER90® prilled sulfur, or need additional calcium for your soils, prilled gypsum could be the answer.

To better prep your soil for the season, add prilled gypsum to your dormant applications. It’s easy to spread and can easily blend with dry materials or other similar sized amendments. Plus, it’s extremely soluble, so even with large rainfall, prilled gypsum can get into your soil and help raise your base attrition of calcium while displacing sodium in your soil. Prilled Gypsum is an aggregate soil particle that can increase water penetration and drainage.

Prep For Pink Bud

With Applications of SONATA® Biofungicide
SONATA is an excellent biofungicide that can help you fight back against brown rot and blossom blight at pink bud. To get off to a good start on your fungicide rotational program, apply SONATA at pink bud and use in rotation or as a replacement for FRAC Group 2 fungicides. If you happen to have a weather event, SONATA is still a great option to start off your rotation because it can provide 10-14 days of brown rot and blossom blight control.
And if you know your orchard has Boron deficiencies, or if you had a Boron deficiency last season, SONATA can be tank mixed with FOLI-GRO BORON 10%. This will increase your Boron uptake in prep for bloom. Consult your Wilbur-Ellis representative for more information regarding Boron applications at bloom.
SONATA is still a great option to start off your rotation because it can provide 10-14 days of brown rot and blossom blight control.
To learn more about which products are right for you, visit, or contact your local Wilbur-Ellis representative today.
Stay tuned for next month’s newsletter and remember,
You Can’t Win Them All, But You Can Win Your Almonds
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