Targeting Vine Weevil Eggs
With vine weevil adults soon to emerge and start egg laying, now is the time to plan ahead to apply the award-winning biorational Pitcher GR. So says ICL’s Sales Development Manager - Martin Donnelly.
“This year the vine weevil’s annual life cycle has been delayed a little due to the cold weather,” he says. “In unprotected containerised stock the adults will begin to appear over the next two weeks or so.
All adults are females and they feed for 10-14 days before starting to lay eggs. In outdoor production areas, this year we are looking at mid to late June for emergence and July onwards for egg laying.
“With the recent loss of Exemptor, all UK growers must learn to adopt an IPM approach to control this potential devastating pest,” says Martin. “Launched last year, Pitcher GR can play a valuable role suppressing the egg and early instar larval stages in containerised crops.”