Make spider mites bite the dust

Pest pressure impacts almond crop quality and yield

For almond growers, summer is the time to start implementing their pest control programs. Pest pressure from mites is not a given each season but is influenced by hot and dry conditions. Because the season’s weather patterns are often hard to predict, it is important to implement a pest management plan to handle any weather complications that might occur.


“Growers will have a different weather experience from season to season, ranging from extremely dry conditions that put more stress on the trees to wet conditions that increase disease pressure,” said Leigh Ann Harrison, BASF Technical Service Representative. “Any additional pressure, like mite feeding damage, would make it harder for trees to reach maximum yield and quality potential.”


No one can accurately predict the weather, which is why Harrison recommends a proactive approach to pest management. If pests are left unchecked, this can have a significant impact on crop quality and yield.


Strategies for controlling mites
Spider mites are a familiar pest to many almond growers and mite populations are highly dependent on weather patterns. To best manage mite populations, growers should establish a consistent pest management plan well in advance of any insect pressure that may occur.


“To manage spider mites, our primary recommendation is to include Nealta® miticide in your hull split application,” said Harrison. “Spider mite population spikes are most common at that time of the season.”


Field trials show Nealta miticide combines direct and indirect activity, allowing for rapid knockdown and effective residual control. Starting out on the right foot means less rushing to catch up with stressors later in the growing season.


Protecting a long-term investment
An orchard is a long-term investment, with its success depending on the longevity and health of a grower’s trees, no matter the weather conditions they encounter. Controlling spider mite populations prevents added stress to almond trees and further protects yield and quality. Sticking to a pest management program that rotates products to control a variety of pests helps protect your crop and your investment’s future.


To learn more about how Nealta miticide can benefit your orchard, visit or contact your local BASF representative.


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BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has more than 20,000 employees in North America and had sales of $19.7 billion in 2018. For more information about BASF’s North American operations, visit At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. The approximately 122,000 employees in the BASF Group work on contributing to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio is organized into six segments: Chemicals, Materials, Industrial Solutions, Surface Technologies, Nutrition & Care and Agricultural Solutions. BASF generated sales of around €63 billion in 2018. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchange in Frankfurt (BAS) and as American Depositary Receipts (BASFY) in the U.S. Further information at