Warmer Winters Mean Less NOW Die-Off

Taylor HillmanDrought, Environment, General, Specialty Crops, Tree, nut & vine crops, Weather

California Almond Hull Split
Warmer winters are also contributing to the high navel orangeworm pressure that experts believe almond growers will see this year. As less moisture and higher, low-temperature thresholds continue from the last few winters, so does the lower winter die-off rate for pests.

Less NOW Die-Off

Cooperative Extension Integrated Pest Management Advisor Emily Symmes says the weather shift is making management in the Sacramento Valley challenging. Symmes says in a nutshell, the pest is starting earlier, with more populations and growing faster through the season, meaning more generations of the bug.