With the addition of the newly developed Pest Management Module, the California Almond Sustainability Program now covers five areas of sustainable almond production: Irrigation, Nutrient Management, Air Quality, Energy Efficiency and Pest Management.
Dan Sonke with SureHarvest said the Almond Board took an integrated pest management approach to developing the Pest Management Module. Rather than being organized by specific insects, weeds and diseases, each section is organized into prevention, monitoring and control strategies.
“The California Almond industry has a great reputation for having reduced the impact of pesticides on the environment by reducing the use of dormant sprays compared to 20 years ago, shifting away from broad-spectrum insecticides in many cases, and using softer materials," Sonke says, “We want to document the sustainable practices that are already being done and the thought process that almond growers use in developing their pest management strategies.”
At the same time, participating in the Pest Management Module can give growers insights into new and emerging technologies and best management practices, such as sprayer calibration, drift management and pollinator protection, that can help improve efficiencies and reduce environmental impacts in the future.
The California Almond Sustainability Program’s newly developed Pest Management Module takes an integrated approach to documenting sustainable pest management in the orchard.
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