"I think almond is such a high-value crop and the prices are going up, it's the sort of thing that if these guys get even 1 to 2 percent damage on these almonds, they can get downgraded when it goes to the processor. So they're looking at potentially a pretty big financial hit when that happens."
Applications closer to harvest also tend to coincide with better weed or ground cover control.
The more product you can apply to the ground, the better the results will be, he said.
Altrevin has a five-day preharvest interval.
BASF plans to price it competitive with most of the other ant-control products on the market, Waldstein said.