AmeriBest Mist Sprayer Blueberry Bush Spraying
Our versatile, compact mist sprayers allows you to spray fungicides, insecticides and foliar fertilizer on your Blueberries. The AmeriBest Mist Sprayer provides more uniform coverage. no streaks or missed spots, and you find that you have 100% better control of the chemical and its target area with proper application and bordering.
AmeriBest Mist Sprayer''s high and low volume mist sprayers create smaller mist size particles in a 0 to 140'' air stream that stays low to the ground for the best control and uniform coverage. Spray Over, Under and Around plant foliage. Use less chemical, much less water and get outstanding insect-disease-pathogen control results!
Use protectant fungicides to prevent the germination of fungal spores which land on the plant surfaces and systemic fungicides to enter the plant and stop the infection process in the early stages: these are systemic fungicides. Spray coverage is very important, especially for fungicides that are strictly protectants. A Mist Sprayer allows you to deliver uniform spray droplets directly to the targe and will give you great coverage of middle rows. Use our High Performance Mist Sprayers to cover your bushes from top to bottom with our 11-nozzle vertical blueberry volute and obtain uniform coverage out to 45 feet .
Mummy berry is the most common blueberry disease. Shoot blight is the first symptom after dormancy. Blossom infection does not appear until the fruit begins to ripen. The berries begin to shrivel and turn a pinkish color will fall to the ground, shrivel, turn dark brown and become pumpkin-shaped. Use a Mist Sprayer to apply fungicides to the bushes prebloom and during bloom to provide excellent control.
Fruit Rot disease is caused by fungi.that infect fruit at any time after bloom, but do not usually become visible until berries begin to ripen. Infected ripe berries are soft and leaky, or may have masses of fungal spores growing on them. These spores can spread to adjacent ripe, healthy berries and cause them to rot after harvest. The main problem with fruit rot diseases is that most of them can remain dormant and disease symptoms do not show up until after the fruit has been harvested. Postharvest decay is a serious problem as losses can approach 100% and may result in lower prices for the growers due to the poor quality of the fruit.
Fusicoccum Canker and Phomopsis Canker are fungal diseases. Infected stems develop lesions that are found in the lower third of the bush, especially in the crown area. They contain small black pimple-like fungal fruiting bodies called pycnidia. The pycnidia contain conidiospores that are spread by splashing rain. Infection eventually results in wilting and dieback of the whole stem. The disease cycle starts at about bud-break in the spring and new infections continue to occur throughout the growing season each time it rains, until leaves drop in autumn. Use a Mist Sprayer throughout the season to provide control.
Botrytis Blight is a sporadic fungal disease that can cause considerable crop loss. The first symptom is a blossom cluster blight similar to the shoot blight caused by Mummyberry disease. It causes dead leaves in the Mulberry bush.
Powdery Mildew is a thin spider web-like fungus that will normally appear in mid-summer. Leaves appear somewhat puckered and in late summer, circular reddish-brown spots appear on the top and underside of the leaves. Conidiospores spread the disease throughout the field. During the late summer and autumn, small round black fruiting bodies 1/32 to1/16 inch in diameter develop on the surface of the webby fungal growth on the leaves. These fruiting bodies are called cleistothecia. The cleistothecia are a means of overwintering by the causal fungus. All cultivars are susceptible to powdery mildew. Jersey cultivar is the most susceptible.
Shoestring Disease is a very common viral disease in blueberries that is spread from bush-to-bush by the blueberry aphid which causes major bush and crop loss. Leaves on infected bushes show strap-like, narrow, elongated reddish streaks and the fruit on infected bushes is a reddish-purple color, instead of the normal blue color. Use a Mist Sprayer to keep the blueberry aphid down to near zero population by using well-timed insecticide applications with first spray in early to mid-June when the first aphids are found on the succulent shoot terminals growing from the crown. Apply follow-up sprays at two or three week intervals if aphids begin to increase. Good spray coverage is essential.
Blueberry Insect Pests
Blueberry Maggot is one of the main blueberry pests. Small flies lay their eggs in the fruit and each egg hatches into a small white larva, called a maggot, which feeds on the inside of the fruit. Infested fruit will fall to the ground, the maggot enters the soil, pupates and overwinters and repeats the cycle as the adult flies leave the soil in the next year.
Cranberry Fruitworm, a serious pest of blueberries in the eastern United States, will develop within as many as eight berries before completing its larval stages. Cranberry fruitworm larvae migrate towards the stem end of the fruit, enter, and begin to feed. As they move from berry to berry they will tie the berries together with a silken web. The cranberry fruitworm leaves excrement within the tunnels, often spilling out and clinging to the silk webbing.
Blueberry Gall Midge adults are very small flies that lay their eggs in the scales of flower buds after the buds begin to expand. Flower buds dry up and disintegrate within about two weeks after infestation. High levels of flower bud abortion may occur during winter and early spring. The severity of damage varies from year to year and tends to be worse after mild winters and in more southern locations. Vegetative meristems may also be infested and killed or damaged leaving only very short shoots with a few highly distorted leaves.
Japanese Beetle adults and larvae cause severe plant damage and is considered a serious pest agricultural crops, fruit, garden, landscape, and ornamental species. Adults feed on flowers, foliage and fruit. The adult feeding damage on foliage usually results in skeletonization
Thrips cause fruit scars. The adult female will 150-200 eggs in the plant tissue. The adult and first two larval instars are the only life stages that feed on the plant. Flower thrips will feed on pollen, styles, ovaries, petals and fruit. Thrips feed on curls and deforms buds and leaves.
Leafrollers are the larvae small moths that roll leaves for shelter and often tie together blossoms and feed on them in the early season. Leafrollers can cause significant losses if they are feeding on the blossoms.
Chafers and Weevils are beetles early season blueberry pest that feed on leaves and developing buds.
Leafhoppers are found on the stems or undersides of leaves, where they feed by piercing the surface of the plant and sucking plant juices. They do the most damage when they make a slit in the stem in which to lay their eggs. Some leafhoppers threaten blueberry production by transmitting blueberry stunt mycoplasma.
Aphids feed on sap on the undersides of the youngest leaves and on tender shoots. Aphids reproduce very rapidly explode to cover stems and leaves. Aphids also transmit blueberry shoestring virus and should be controlled with regular insecticide applications.
Blueberry Insect Pests