According to the latest official data from the Catalan Council of Agriculture, the acreage devoted to fruit trees in the province of Lleida has been reduced by practically 2,000 hectares in the last five years, reaching 30,301 hectares in 2020. This period coincides with some reconversions of Lleida's fruit plantations and with the impact of the Russian veto on European fruit, which has brought prices to ruinous levels.
Late winter is a very important time for orchardists because now is when you should apply dormant oil spray to your fruit trees. Dormant oil (also called all-seasons spray oil) smothers insect eggs on fruit trees before they hatch. You can apply it any time before buds start to open in spring; now is the ideal time.
Fruit flies are one of the world’s most destructive horticultural pests and pose risks to most commercial fruit and vegetable crops. This has major implications for the sustainable production and market access of Australia’s multi-billion-dollar horticultural industry. Worldwide there are over 4,000 species of fruit flies in the family Tephritidae of which around 350 species are of economic importance.
British Columbia’s Ministry of Agriculture has developed and distributed a guide to help Okanagan tree fruit growers understand hail coverage and the claims process. Although Okanagan tree fruit growers have been experiencing ideal weather conditions this spring with reports that flowers are blooming a month earlier than normal, the weather can change quickly and growers are being reminded they can protect their investment with hail insurance offered jointly by the governments of British Columbia and Canada.
Due to the mild winter, blossoms can already be found on the fruit trees. Growers are posting pictures on social media of buds on the trees that you normally do not see during this time of the year. A potential risk is if the temperature suddenly drops and frost occurs, this happened in the 1984/1985 season, when the temperature suddenly dropped from 10°C to -10°C. This caused a great deal of damage.
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