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AppleTalk IPM Conference Calls 

WEEKLY CALL TUESDAYS, Green tip to mid-August

8:00 to 9 AM Central Time

The IPM Institute of North America, in collaboration with the UW-Madison Eco-Fruit Project, Threshold IPM Services and the Wisconsin Apple Growers Association will celebrate our tenth season of weekly conference calls with IPM consultant John Aue and other IPM experts.

The weekly call allows you to stay informed on pest conditions, answer pressing questions and learn about other growers’ approaches to IPM.  Call moderator John Aue, Threshold IPM Services, shares his wealth of knowledge and experience as an IPM consultant for the tree fruit industry in Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin for over 25 years.  Guest experts from universities around the region participate and discuss a wide range of IPM and fruit production issues including: insect, weed and disease management, thinning and tree nutrition.

2016 AppleTalk Participant Survey

It is our goal to offer a useful and affordable service which delivers relevant IPM information on tree fruit across the wide geographic area of Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin.  Your feedback is essential to make sure this program meets your needs.  Follow the link to review results of the survey.

AppleTalk 2016 Survey Responses

What have other growers been saying about AppleTalk? 

“I have been participating in AppleTalk since the beginning, and it continues to improve over the years.  It’s a valuable tool that closely follows our seasonal crop phenology and constantly adjusts to discuss what is happening in the orchard and what to prepare for.  Call topics often focus on new pests and what to expect if they become a nuisance.  The ability to listen to guest speakers from regional universities, such as Cornell, is another appreciated aspect of the call.”

  • Bill Stone, Brightonwoods Orchard

“The increased attention to organic management has been very helpful.  Both in terms of strategies for pest control and use of organic materials.  I like that there is a lot of discussion about preserving beneficials and making the best use of a control measure.”

  • Rami Aburomia, Oak Rock Orchard

“Just starting out, I didn’t have much experience growing apples.  The ability to participate in AppleTalk over the last couple of seasons has been instrumental in laying the foundation of my education.  I would not be nearly as far as I am today if I was doing this completely on my own.  It has helped me develop a solid base to manage and grow my orchard.”

  • Wayne Geist, Bushel and a Peck Market

“As a new apple grower, this forum provides expertise and direct guidance as well as real world actionable and timely solutions.  This has directly contributed to a targeted approach to pest control and given me the confidence to apply pesticides only when needed rather than on a broad-spectrum program.”

  • Chris Hoerichs, Mulberry Grove Family Farm
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