This season thrips look set to become an earlier problem, due to last winter’s milder conditions then followed by a dry spring.
The north of the country is already experiencing high populations of the pest, especially in the strawberry sector. Therefore, it’s vital for growers to stay vigilant and alert to thrip activity in their crops, while implementing wider IPM practises to ensure that crop damage is controlled.
When used as part of a wider IPM strategy, biorationals can provide an effective level of control, and form an important part of an anti-resistance strategy.
Biorationals such as Botanigard, should be applied as soon as signs of the pest are visible in the crop, in order to supress population levels. The first application should be followed up within seven days with a second, to build up spore counts in the crop canopy.
For more information on Botanigard and other biorational products in our range contact us.