Small Scale Vineyard Spraying

This article will provide the backyard grape grower with a pragmatic guide to the use of pesticides on a small scale. I will cover an approach to developing a spray program for your vineyard, the spraying equipment, and the calculations determining how much pesticide to apply to your vineyard. Developing Your Program For the purpose of this article, pests include unwanted insects, diseases and unwanted competing plants. Deer, raccoons, and birds are also pests, but they are outside the scope of this article. Pesticides include insecticides, fungicides and herbicides. When developing a spray program for your specific vineyard, keep in mind that your pesticide requirements may not be the same as someone else’s. A spray program is designed to control the diseases and insects that your vineyard is susceptible to. Different grape cultivars have different susceptibilities to different diseases. Also be aware that there will be year to year differences in the threats that your vineyard will face, primarily depending on the weather. Spray programs are developed by knowing which diseases and insects are likely to occur in your vineyard