Biocontrol By Drones For Almond Orchards
The most efficient way to release natural enemies in your orchards
Why Use Biocontrol in Almond Orchards?
Natural Enemies of Webspinning Spider Mites
Pacific spider mite (Tetranychus pacificus), Strawberry spider mite (Tetranychus turkestani), Two-spotted spider mite (Tetranychus urticae)
and other predators including Galendromus occidentalis (western predatory mite) and six-spotted thrips
Navel Orangeworm Control Using Sterilized Moths
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Advantages of releasing beneficials from a drone for almond growers
Easy access to the field
The drone is extremely effective in releasing beneficial insects in fields that were otherwise not accessible with a spraying tractor or even by foot because of the mud caused by the rain.
Better establishment than manual release
Obstacles in the middle of the field make it hard for field workers to release predatory mites by hand at a uniform rate, while the drone can do the application easily from the air.
Better use of your labor
Because of windy conditions or because field workers are covering several ranches, it can take a few days to have the labor force apply beneficials to different fields. With the drone, a single pilot could cover several ranches in the same amount of time.
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