[NAFEX] Plum Question

Claude Jolicoeur cjoli at gmc.ulaval.ca
Thu Sep 21 13:16:21 EDT 2006


Dennis,
Excuse my ignorance... What is Assail? Is it a chemical insecticide - of 
what type? Is it accepted for bio growing?

Have you tried Surround?

Claude Jolicoeur,
Quebec.


At 12:39 2006-09-21, you wrote:
>We have been growing apples, peaches, plums and pears here at Royal Oak Farm
>since 1992.  We have the same plum curculio issues you all seem to be faced
>with, but we use Assail for them with good success.  Since we are an IPM
>orchard, we try to control our pest with as little spraying as possible. We
>have no greater pressure on the plum trees than we do on the apples.  This
>year was especially heavy for PC, but Assail did do the job.  We also use
>Assail for codling moth and try to time the curculio spray with the codling
>moth spray.  Assail calls for a higher rate for curcullio so we use the
>curculio rate.  Granted, we use our data from our wireless weather station
>to give us the correct timing, but if you spray at plum petal fall that
>should take care of them.  Imidan is also good on curculio as well as
>codling moth.  Imidan is a contact spray and Assail has to be ingested.
>With Assail you will still see some strikes on the fruit, but  you will have
>to decide if that is acceptable.  Just thought I would toss in my 2 cents
>worth!
>
>Dennis Norton
>Royal Oak Farm Orchard
>http://www.royaloakfarmorchard.com
>http://www.theorchardkeeper.blogspot.com




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