Organic Apple Grower’s Hour: May 22 Summary

Participants: (9 total) Peter Johnson, Waupaca, WI; Dierdre Birmingham, Mineral Point, WI; Tom Galazen, Bayfield, WI; Doug Waples, Soldier, IA; Bob Willard, Rochester, WI; Harry Hoch, La Crescent, MN; John Aue, Richland Center, WI; Lisa DiPietro, Madison, WI; Michael Phillips, Groveton, NH
Discussion topics:
1. Tree phenology in the Midwest and Northeast
2. Insect sightings in WI
3. IPM field guides
4. Building fungal/soil health
5. Michael’s time breakdown (by percentage) for orchard management tasks
6. Scab situation: majority of spores are mature, but few periods of spore release have occurred
7. Timing of sulfur sprays
8. Lime sulfur activity on active lesions
9. Using neem after the accelerated phase of scab
10. Zinc/boron deficiency
11. CM management time window
12. Questions about how abnormal weather affects pest populations and pest management strategies
13. CM management strategies
14. Suppliers of organic amendments, insecticides, and fungicides
15. Soil testing labs
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