Late May, tightening the heat, the flowering ends, the pests advance, the water needs of our trees are greater and the transfer Tajo-Segura has been planted. ‘Zero’ transfer until minimum October (if it rains).
While the horticultural crops are almost giving their tail with the last melons, the trees (our case) we are the big losers and already go two summers in these conditions.
As can be seen in the photograph that heads this post, the size of freshly curdled fruits is not normal for other years. We have been focused on the maximum saving of the water resources to be able to use them in the time of greater evapotranspiration of the crop, that is to say in summer, that also coincides with the time of fattening of the fruit until its fall harvesting.
The spring benevolence of the climate has also been involved in natural pest control. Specifically in the photograph comes an insect from the family of the syrphids, which is a dipterous that feeds mainly on aphids. This family, in turn, needs an optimum plant biodiversity, since the adults of some species of syphid are pollinators, they visit the flowers to be nourished of nectar and pollen and they need the proteins present in the pollen for the production of their eggs, and thus ensure a next generation and we contemplate a correct control of aphids without needing any phytosanitary intervention.