A new year is upon us and soon almonds will be breaking dormancy to kick off the 2022 growing season. As the proverbial question asks, which came first, the chicken or the egg? One might ask, which comes first, new roots or new leaves? As can be seen in the graphics below it is clear that immediately following bloom leaf out begins and after that, the first flush of spring root growth occurs (research conducted by Patrick Brown, et al).
Grapevine Leafroll Virus 3 is one of the biggest challenges facing us in Eastern Washington wine-growing areas. In the years since the discovery that Grape Mealybug was the vector for Leafroll Virus 3 we knew it would be just a matter of time before we would see widespread effects of the virus without good pest control.