Jul 24, 2023
Nematode Problems in Orchard Replants Can Lead to Decades of Reduced Yield

(Sponsored) Investing in a new orchard or orchard replant is costly, timely, and if not done properly, can lead to decades of problems and reduced yields. That’s where TELONE™ comes in. TELONE™ is the preferred choice by growers around the world for improving crop and soil health by targeting destructive plant parasitic nematodes.


Did you know that in the United States alone, the economic impact of nematodes adds up to an $8 billion-dollar loss annually! Nematodes are tiny parasites but they can take a significant toll on your crops by stunting their growth, leading to reduced plant health, and ultimately, reduced yield. And because nematodes are so small, by the time you realize you have a probably it’s already too late. Microscopic in size, this pest is tiny but the damage it leaves in its wake can be epic in proportion.

Unfortunately, almost all major agriculture crops fall victim to nematodes. It’s especially vital for orchard growers to understand nematodes because orchards may only be planted every 25-50 years. If your orchard starts off with stunted roots or high nematode pressure, your trees will never reach their full potential or yield, which means your profits could be negatively impacted for decades—something every grower wants to avoid. This is especially true for those planting high-value tree fruit crops. Fortunately, there is something you can do about it!


Using TELONE™ pre-plant soil fumigant before planting a new orchard, or before replanting an existing orchard, is a grower’s best defense against costly plant parasitic nematodes. When rootstock are planted, the soil may be home to thousands of plant-parasitic nematodes. That means the crop is already threatened the moment the rootstock hits the soil. Left untreated, the end result could be disastrous. As roots from the rootstock or transplant develop, the plant-parasitic nematodes arrive to feed, piercing the root and leading to irreversible damage. Nematode damage to the root system limits moisture and nutrient uptake and plant health deteriorates, yield is reduced, and the economic impact is severe.

Apple orchard 2.5 years post fumigation

TELONE™ creates a zone of protection around developing roots by injecting into the soil as a liquid and immediately converting to a gas. TELONE™ then moves throughout the soil profile without requiring water or incorporation for movement, and can be row-applied or broadcast, for maximum application flexibility. Nematodes and pathogenic soil organisms are found throughout the soil profile making it difficult for some soil fumigants to reach. TELONE™ is injected 18” deep into the soil, ensuring even the deepest nematodes are properly controlled. By significantly reducing nematode populations, TELONE™ becomes part of an effective long-term nematode management program.

The benefits of TELONE™ are numerous:

  • Greater efficacy compared with contact nematicides
  • Can be applied at-plant, broadcast, in-row and at bedding up
  • Helps manage nematode-transmitted diseases and viruses
  • Proactive approach to crop protection
  • Earlier, more uniform crops
  • Allows you to plant a wider range of rootstocks and varieties
  • Protects yields and profits

Your TELONE ™ Specialist can help recommend an integrated pest management plan, with either TELONE™ II or a TELONE™ II /Chloropicrin blend. A successful growing season starts with TELONE™ because remember, there’s no coming back from a poor start!

TELONE™ is a Trademark of the Dow Chemical Company (“Dow”) or an affiliated company of Dow, used under license. TELONE™ is a federally Restricted Use Pesticide. Always read and follow label directions.

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