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Dates: annoying pests

June 21, 2022 at 10:55 AM , Der AUDITOR
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AHVAZ. Growers will step up spraying in Iran’s Khuzestan’s province this year. Problem is that spider mites tend to create extensive damage as they feed on unripe dates. Producers act quickly as soon as the weather gets warm in late May and are busy securing their palm groves against this and other pests right through until early August.

Spraying and other means

Warm weather coupled with hot and dry winds provide excellent conditions for spider mites, which are locally called “Ghobar”. The problem with these and other pests is not only that they spread quickly but also that they extract syrup from the fruits and leaves, which leaves the fruit skins dry and reduces the sweetness, size and nutritional value of the dates. Growers need to be cautious in spraying the groves as chemical pesticides not only kill spider mites but also other beneficial insects that help to control their spread.

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