Archive for April, 2007

April 30 Conference Call Summary

Posted on 30. Apr, 2007 by .

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John Aue’s Announcements and Comments: a. The Southern third of the state is more or less uniformly at full pink. b. John has seen a number of frost-bitten leaves and flower clusters. c. It’s a good time to start looking at flower clusters for early Lepidoptera and scab lesions. Patty McManus’s Announcements and Comments: a. […]

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April 23 Conference Call Summary

Posted on 23. Apr, 2007 by .

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John’s tips: A great online resource for weekly fruit growing updates is Cornell’s Scaffolds Fruit Journal. You can find the journal at http://www.nysaes.cornell.edu/ent/scaffolds/. The last journal had articles on honey bee colony collapse and degree days. Following up on a question from last week’s call, John called Spectrum Technologies and learned that a wetness threshold […]

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Purchasing Co-op

Posted on 17. Apr, 2007 by .

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Jim Lindeman of Gardens of Goodness in Dane County is looking for people who are interested in starting an apple grower purchasing co-op. If you are interested, contact Jim at jfl0102@yahoo.com.

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April 16 Conference Call Minutes

Posted on 17. Apr, 2007 by .

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Lisa here. Monday morning I was so wrapped up in our Eco-Apple conference call that it slipped my mind to take a moment to leave the call and start the recording. So unfortunately there is no recording of this week’s call. I do apologize to anyone hoping to hear the call. In light of my […]

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Understanding Consumer Purchasing Decisions

Posted on 11. Apr, 2007 by .

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To view an article from Choices magazine entitled: “Direct Marketing of Fresh Produce: Understanding Consumer Purchasing Decisions” click on the link below. This article does a good job of explaining what different types of consumers are looking for when they by fresh produce. It also suggests what aspects of your crop to highlight depending on […]

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April 10 Eco-Apple Conference Call Summary

Posted on 10. Apr, 2007 by .

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The six main topics of discussion during this call are listed below: 1. Hardiness of mature scab ascospores in cold temperatures. 2. Discrepancies between degree day models and squash mount results. 3. Risk of scab exposure to trees with some green tissue in cold weather. 4. Counting night-time hours in scab models. 5. Pros and […]

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Frost Damage and Critical Temperatures for Apple Blossom Buds

Posted on 09. Apr, 2007 by .

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Below you can download a 2005 article from Minnesota Fruit and Vegetable IPM News that does a good job of explaining how to assess frost damage. It also has a useful table describing the critical temperatures that will cause bud kill at different stages of development. Download file

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Degree Day Models for Apple Scab

Posted on 09. Apr, 2007 by .

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As a follow up to the discussion on last Monday’s Eco-Apple conference call, John Aue has this to say about when to start degree day models for apple scab: Start your models January 1. The reason to start them at this time is because over 5% of ascospores may be mature by the time green […]

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April 2 Eco Apple Conference Call Summary

Posted on 03. Apr, 2007 by .

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This call was held Monday, April 2 from 9am-10am. The four main topics of discussion during this call are listed below: 1. Scab biology and the affect of warm temperatures prior to green tip. 2. The use of oil after silver tip and the use of protectant fungicides vs. fungicides with eradicants. 3. The accumulation […]

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