UPDATE! 2012 EcoApple conference calls start this Tuesday, April 3, 8am

Eco-Apple IPM Conference Calls 2012


from 8AM to 9AM Central Time

Starting on April 3, the UW-Madison Eco-Fruit Project will offer another season of free weekly conference calls with IPM consultant John Aue and other IPM experts.

How do I call into the live conference call?
To call into the live call, you now have two options:

1) Call into the conference number using your regular phone or Skype. To call in you will dial (760) 569-7676, then enter the code 272044, then press #.
2) Call in for free using Skype. To call in for free, you will need to first add a new contact called “FreeConferenceCallHD.7605697676” (without the quotes; and once you do this once, that contact will stay in your list forever). Then, call that contact by clicking on it and pressing Call. Finally, in the call, open the dialpad by clicking the “Show Dial Pad” button, and enter the access code 272044 and press #.

Why would I want to listen in?

With these calls, you can keep up-to-date on the conditions and threats in real-time, have your most pressing questions answered, and get an idea for other growers’ approaches to management. John Aue, the expert consultant for the calls, has provided IPM consulting services to apple growers in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Minnesota for over 20 years. At the start of each call, John provides a comprehensive review of pest trends and activity in orchards. Next, he answers growers’ questions about pest and disease management issues. He also asks growers to talk about their own strategies for managing pests.

Furthermore, we are lining up list of guest experts from universities around the region to talk about a wide range of issues as they arise, including diseases, conditions for thinning, weather-related strength of bloom and fertilization issues, and codling moth.

You can participate in the calls in real time or listen to recordings of past calls. These recordings will be available in both downloadable format and by phone (see below for details). Put the conference call recordings on your iPod and you can listen to them while you work!

What is the call schedule?

The calls will happen from 8 to 9 am Central time on Tuesdays from April 3 through August 7, 2012.

Can I ask John questions?

John will give priority to questions received prior to the conference call. Please submit your questions to John by 10 pm the night before each call. Preferably, please e-mail your questions to John at . If you do not have access to the internet, you can call John with your questions at 608-604-0234.

What does it cost?

The only cost associated with calling is your normally incurred long-distance charge. If you have free long distance, or if you use the new Skype-to-Skype calling functionality, then these calls are completely free.

What if I can’t make the call at 8am on Tuesday?

If you can’t make the live calls, there are three ways to listen to recordings of the Eco-Apple IPM conference calls:

1)      To hear the most recent call recording over the phone:

  • As of right now, the free Skype option doesn’t work for playing back the most recent recording. The only way to play back the most recent call (without downloading it from the AppleTalk website) is by calling (760) 569-7699 and entering the access code 272044, then the # sign. Please note that you can still use Skype to call this number as you would use it to call any regular phone, but it will not be a free call.

2)      To access an archive of all call recordings (from this year and the past several years) over the phone:

3)      To download call recordings:

  • You will need access to the Apple Talk blog. Contact Alex McCullough at or 608-466-6206 to get a username and password for Apple Talk.
  • Once you have a username and password, you can access the blog at http://www.ecofruit.wisc.edu/appletalk/
  • From the blog’s main page, click on the “Conference Calls” tab on the top bar. You will then see summaries for a couple of different conference call series.
  • Click on the summary you want, then scroll down to download the audio recording.

Who should I talk to if I have any questions about the conference calls, the call recordings, or the AppleTalk blog?

Please direct all questions to:

Alex McCullough at CIAS, UW-Madison