“Because there were so many unknowns out there, it was probably more than we had to,” he concedes. “The program we did last year wasn’t, and I hate the word sustainable, but it wasn’t sustainable. This year, we’re looking more at the products we’re using.”
Valente hung vinegar-filled traps last year, beginning when the fruit was straw colored, and only caught one fly. But he plans to continue trapping this year.
This season, Valente says he’s already met with some of his packers who gave him a list of preferred crop protection products. At the time of treatment, he has no idea whether his fruit will be sold domestically or exported.
Different countries have different MRLs that packers have to take that into account.