Organic Apple Grower’s Hour: July 31 Summary

Participants: (7 total) Doug Waples, Soldier, IA; Harry Hoch, La Crescent, MN; Dierdre Birmingham, Mineral Point, WI; Bill Wright, Green Bay, WI; Lisa DiPietro, Madison, WI; Michael Phillips, Groveton, NH; John Aue, Richland Center, WI
Discussion topics:
1. Current events in Michael’s orchard: record rainfall, AM flight continues, little evidence of secondary scab, etc.
2. Some observations garnered from John Aue’s scouting trips in WI: AM flight sporadic, secondary scab not too bad except in a few orchards, orchards experiencing scab explosions often have little biological activity on leaf surface, etc.
3. Projects at the Kearneysville Appalachian Fruit Research Station: developing “precision agriculture,” and “targeted management zones.” For more information on research at Kearneysville, go to:
also see:
4. Refining Entrust spheres for AM
5. “Push and Pull:” using Surround and trap trees for PC
6. Japanese plum draws the most PC. See an article on PC preference at:
6. Destroying PC pupae: flaming, old carpet, mulch and nematodes
7. Deciding whether/how to manage pests when a crop is destroyed by hail
8. Feeding damage of Apple Curculio
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