Managing male vines well is a key part of safeguarding orchards against Psa infection and future-proofing pollen supply for the orchard. Where needed, more tolerant male varieties should be grafted in and male pruning should be well supervised.
- Remove obviously Psa infected canes and wood
- Make the structural cuts to help promote spur growth and provide a flat, open canopy
- Seal any large wounds with suitable sealant.
- Maintain a gap between male and female vines
- Carry out pruning in dry weather
- Always maintain good tool hygiene to avoid infection transfer
- Follow pruning rounds with a Psa-V protectant spray
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