Summer entry, lack of rain and nonexistent water to irrigate is putting us in an almost dramatic situation to Murcia orchards. While the Duero river basins (92.55%), Ebro (83.65%) and Tagus (74.10%) are always above the average of the last 10 years, Murcia, river basin Segura (37.25%) is in a near record low, 12% less than the average of the last 10 years (details 06.14.16 www.embalses.net). So from these lines, we cried for our garden.
With the mild winter and early entry into bloom, we all believed that this year’s Prays citri would not be a problem in crops, but the temperature has led to a staggering of flowering, which has led to continuous generations of Lepidoptera, giving as accordingly performing the usual treatments. With this temperature rise, keep attention on young trees on the leafminer, as new brotaciones not normally develop and photosynthetic activity of the tree would be diminished.
The nutritional status of the tree during the physiological fruit drop or fall of San Juan is essential to avoid abrupt abscission and fruit drop. We are still in that phase, the crucial time of curdling. Still not providing the desired water and forced practicing deficit irrigation, our champions have performed extraordinarily and there are already many fruits that have chosen the right path, that of his next harvest in autumn.
Earlier this month we received a very special visit from Joint Masters Plant Health (UMH, UPV, UPCT and AU), the ‘Dream Team’ of the Spanish plant health came to one of our farms to share experiences on the management and control plagues and diseases. The Miguel Hernández University (UMH) Mr. Miguel Juarez, Mr. Pedro Guirao and Ms. Ana Ortega University, the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV) D. Ferrán García Marí and Mrs. Antonia Soto, of the Polytechnic University of Cartagena ( UPCT) Mr. Paul Bielza, Ms. Josefina Contreras and Ms. Dina Cifuentes, accompanied by a group of about 30 students, which we are ensuring that the Spanish plant health will have a good and hopeful future. Observation and patience with a plague might make us match as one of the best tools that can be applied in plant health.