Preparing the Orchard Floor Before Harvest
Preparing the orchard floor before harvest is important in an almond IPM program. Rapid and efficient nut pick-up after tree shaking reduces the time the nuts are exposed to pests such as ants. Rapid pick-up and hulling or on-farm fumigations, prevents damage by navel orangeworm and peach twig borer. The ground should be smooth, dry, and free of weeds, ants, trash, and other debris. Orchards that are regularly cultivated should be disked to break up clods and then rolled to make the surface smooth and firm.
Take these actions before harvest: