Organic Apple Grower’s Hour: June 5 Summary

Participants: (10 total) Bill Wright, Green Bay, WI; Deirdre Birmingham, Mineral Point, WI; Harry Hoch, La Crescent, MN; Peter Johnson, Waupaca, WI; Ron Schaeffer, Chippewa Falls, WI; Bob Willard, Rochester, WI; Lisa DiPietro, Madison, WI; Michael Phillips, Groveton, NH; two growers did not announce their names.
Discussion topics:
1. Tree/insect phenology and weather in the Midwest/Northeast
2. Moth larvae in shoots
3. Surround and azadirachtin (Neemix) for PC: using in combination with trap trees, using as repellants, when to apply
4. Thinning: preliminary reports on this season’s thinning strategies in some orchards
5. Possible explanations for a tree with blooms only on one main branch
6. Uses of molasses and sugar
7. Degree-day count in La Crescent, MN
8. “The scab dance” at Hoch Orchard
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