Organic Apple Grower’s Hour: July 17 Summary

Participants: (7 total) Peter Johnson, Waupaca, WI; Bob Willard, Rochester, WI; Doug Waples, Soldier, IA; Harry Hoch, La Crescent, MN; WI; Lisa DiPietro, Madison, WI; John Aue, Richland Center, WI; Michael Phillips, Groveton, NH
Discussion topics:
1. Current events in Michael’s orchard: 1st CM damaged apple, Tuesday neem/herb/garlic spray, talk on medicinal aspects of apples.
2. AM in WI: widespread, but in small numbers
3. PC: anticipating larval exit from affected fruit, when PC enters Midwestern orchards, seeing fresh oviposition scars in mid-July
4. Distinguishing apple curculio from PC
5. AM management strategies at two orchards
6. The need for access to biodegradable starch/sucrose red spheres coated with organic pesticide to manage AM
7. Providers of biologically-active fish products (see note below)*
8. Ideas for future research

*A note from Michael:
Here are some biologically-active fish product web addresses (along with manufacturer location) that go with our discussion today:
Dramm, in Wisconsin:

Fish Agra, in Massachusetts:
Squanto’s Secret, New England-based: (wholesale distributor)
Schaffer’s Freshwater Fisheries, in Illinois:
EcoNutrients, in California:
I’m temporarily removing “Neptune’s Harvest” from my approved list until such time as I find out why their price is close to double that of the other fish companies. Any orchardists with yet other fish sources should let Michael know at . You can also read more fish/seaweed product commentary in the February issue of Michael’s Community Orchardist newsletter posted at .
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