It will soon be time to start your insect and fungus control treatment plan for 2013. There is a ton of websites and books available describing when and what you need before your plants set fruit this spring.
The University of Missouri has a Free PDF that you can read on line or download. It is broken down by plant type as well as containing a really good list of insecticides/fungicides that describes when and how to apply chemicals to protect your fruit trees, berry’s and fruiting vines to get the best crop possible from you home orchard. This fact sheet Does Not contain ‘Natural or Organic’ control methods.
Homeowner Fruit Spray Program A PDF downloadable file from University of Missouri.
University of Missouri fact sheets are well organized and easy to understand with good information on identifying insects and fungus that you need to look for and if present apply chemical spray program to control or eliminate these pest and diseases.
Pesticides are poisonous to people and animals. Handle with care. Read the label. The label is the most important piece of information you will find on both the proper use and the hazards of the material. Follow these precautions with all pesticides used:
Read the label
** Avoid applying insecticides or miticides during the bloom period when bees may be pollinating flowers.
* Be aware of the toxicity of the material you are using and wear appropriate protective clothing.
* Observe any days-to-harvest or re-entry precautions
* Store pesticides only in their original labeled containers
* Keep all pesticides and utensils used to measure them in a locked storage area out of reach of children and pets.
* Wear rubber gloves and protective eyewear when measuring chemicals, preparing spray mixtures and applying pesticides
* Accurately measure the amount to be used each time
* Do not prepare more spray mixture than is required for the job
* Do not attempt to store unused mixtures for later use.
* Spray small amounts of excess spray mixture onto the fruit tree(s) being treated
* Keep Rinse water from the sprayer away from food plants, water supplies and children’s play areas.
* If a pesticide concentrate from a bag, can or bottle is spilled on you or others, wash it off immediately. Change and wash clothing if it becomes contaminated.
** Save the bees, Bees are very sensitive to pesticides. Avoid applying insecticides or miticides during the bloom period when bees may be pollinating flowers.
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