Archive for April, 2008

Hoch Orchard and Gardens going 100% organic

Posted on 29. Apr, 2008 by .

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Some of you may know Harry Hoch of La Crescent, MN. Hoch is a very knowledgeable grower with much experience with Integrated Pest Management. In his Spring newsletter, Hoch announced that he will be transitioning all of his fruit production to organic practices. Here is what Harry said in his newsletter: “After long discussions and […]

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Apr 29 IPM Conference Call Summary

Posted on 29. Apr, 2008 by .

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Note: Since Dr. Patty McManus could only be on the line for the first half of the call, we altered the call format this week. Instead of beginning with John’s updates, we went right into questions for Patty. Conversation Topics 1. Addressing the problem of black rot in large pruning cuts 2. Counting up leaf […]

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Posted on 28. Apr, 2008 by .

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Remember that everyone can post comments to the main posts on Appletalk. Read to the bottom of the post and there is a window there for you to post comments. Once posted, anyone can view your comments by clicking on the “comment” link at the bottom of the post. This link will indicate how many […]

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Organic Apple Grower’s Hour: Apr 24 Summary

Posted on 25. Apr, 2008 by .

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Yesterday was our first conference call with organic orchard consultant Michael Phillips and IPM consultant John Aue. What follows is a summary of the call. You can also download a summary of the call below. Note: My apologies… I neglected to exit the call for a moment to begin the recording this morning. Because there […]

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Enterprise budget tool for orchards

Posted on 23. Apr, 2008 by .

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A colleague here at the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems needs your grower wisdom and feedback. Don Schuster has put together an EXCEL spreadsheet for growers to use in considering orchard enterprises. He has vetted it with a number of academics, but won’t be comfortable sharing it until some farmers have taken a look and […]

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IPM Brochure

Posted on 22. Apr, 2008 by .

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At grower request, we are working with WAGA to organize a group printing of our recently completed IPM brochure. We hope that this brochure will help you to teach your customers about IPM. You can download a copy of the brochure below. Right now, we need to get a preliminary idea of how many brochures […]

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Apr 22 Conference Call Summary

Posted on 22. Apr, 2008 by .

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John’s Updates 1. Some growers in the Southeast part of the state are at or beyond – inch green. 2. Last night, leaf miners and red banded leaf rollers probably started to fly. 3. Red banded and leaf miner traps should be out in the orchard by this time. 4. CM traps should go out […]

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Project progress report

Posted on 21. Apr, 2008 by .

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Every so often I am required to file reports on our work to funding agencies. Such a report was due this month to American Farmland Trust, who runs a grant program for EPA’s Strategic Agricultural Initiative. This grant funded John Aue’s time, the Bayfield and Door Co. interns, traps and weather monitors, the November meetings, […]

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New Program to Help Organic and Sustainable Farmers Maintain or Grow Their Land Base

Posted on 16. Apr, 2008 by .

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This comes to us from Robert Karp of New Spirit Ventures, LLC: ATTENTION ORGANIC AND SUSTAINABLE FARMERS I am launching a new program designed to help farmers committed to organic and sustainable agriculture start, maintain and grow their operations by linking them with socially motivated investors who will purchase the farmland they need and lease […]

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Apr 15 Conference Call Summary

Posted on 15. Apr, 2008 by .

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The first Eco-Apple IPM conference call of the season was held today, Tuesday, April 15 at 8am. See the Apple Talk announcement on March 28 for more details on the calls. John’s Updates 1. Some orchards are at silvertip in Northern Illinois. 2. In general, John has noticed that some insects are starting to move. […]

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