We are almost at the end of February, the month of love. And we are in love with our farms and everything that surrounds them.
Our field technicians visit the different plots of land that make up our farms every day to check for pests and to ensure the correct development of our lemon trees. In one of the daily walks it is so normal to find curious things that we want to reflect them in this post.
In the photo at the top of the post you can see some of the insects that we come across while walking through the countryside. For example, we have several beetles, each one more curious than the next.
We can see a weevil of the Curculionidae family, one of the most diverse and species-rich families, characterised by an elongated appendage located on the head (proboscis), they function as biological controllers of non-native plants, and this makes them truly interesting. Within the same family there are some that are considered pests, such as the palm weevil, which is well known in some areas.
Likewise, Tropinota spp. is a floricultural coleopteran that is usually present on flowers in our environment, mainly daisies, thistles and some fruit trees. They are very good pollinators as they constantly move pollen between flowers to feed.
Pyrrhocoridae usually feed on mallows, although they can also feed on decomposing remains, including dead animal matter.
And, well, the main objective of the walks around the farms, especially at this time of year, is to control pests and diseases. At this time of year we pay special attention to Prays citri, a very important phytophagous pest that can be very harmful to our lemons as it damages the flowers and can also damage shoots and small fruit.
With the spring temperatures that we are experiencing at the moment, we must pay special attention to this pest and take extreme precautions if we do not want to have a reduction in the production of the next harvest.
Fruiting pruning is being carried out on the fino variety. The main objective is to clear the centre of the tree and encourage the formation of the skirts, which is where the crop appears. This type of pruning favours flowering and fruiting.
We continue with the harvesting of our fine lemons and the clearing of adventitious weeds.
In addition, the team of field technicians continues to train, and are currently taking a course on agroecology, in order to continue promoting and putting into practice the application of ecological processes on our farms.