Archive for June, 2008

Consumer Evaluation of New, Antique, and Little Known Apple Varieties

Posted on 26. Jun, 2008 by .

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To see an article from the University of Massachusetts entitled “Consumer Evaluation of New, Antique, and Little Known Apple Varieties, click on the link below: www.umass.edu/fruitadvisor/variety The article includes a proposed strategy for growers who want to take advantage of the marketing potential offered by planting new varieties; brief descriptions of 20 niche apple varieties, […]

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Organic Apple Grower’s Hour: June 26 Summary

Posted on 26. Jun, 2008 by .

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Participants: (10 total) Deirdre Birmingham, Mineral Point, WI; Doug Waples, Soldier, IA; Bill Wright, Green Bay, WI; Bob Willard, Rochester, WI; Tom Galazen, Bayfield, WI; Sam Atkins, Bayfield, WI; Lisa DiPietro, Madison, WI; Michael Phillips, Groveton, NH; John Aue, Richland Center; one grower did not announce their name. Discussion topics: 1. Weather and pest reports […]

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Help John Aue collate and analyze growers’ thinning practices

Posted on 24. Jun, 2008 by .

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Many growers think they may have overthinned this season. John Aue is willing to collate and analyze thinning information to see how different approaches have worked this season. To participate, send John the following: a. Date of petal fall for a specific variety in your orchard (preferably McIntosh) b. Thinner information: date of thinner application, […]

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June 24 IPM Conference Call Summary

Posted on 24. Jun, 2008 by .

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John’s Updates 1. If you are noticing unusual plant bugs or weevils, they are probably nothing to worry about. Many come from recently mowed alleyways or hay ground. 2. It is almost always worth it to snap off any shoot blight that you find. This will reduce innoculum. 3. Especially if you have young trees, […]

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Organic Apple Grower’s Hour: June 19 Summary

Posted on 19. Jun, 2008 by .

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Participants: (7 total) Deirdre Birmingham, Mineral Point, WI; Doug Waples, Soldier, IA; Jim Lindemann, McFarland, WI; WI; Lisa DiPietro, Madison, WI; Michael Phillips, Groveton, NH; John Aue, Richland Center, WI, one grower did not announce their name. Discussion topics: 1. Weather in the Midwest/Northeast 2. Non-uniform distribution of insect pests this season 3. Generally low […]

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MSU Fruit Crop Advisory Team Alert newsletter

Posted on 17. Jun, 2008 by .

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On the IPM conference call today, we discussed some useful tables in the most recent issue of the Fruit CAT newsletter. The tables are entitled: “Codling moth GDD model and insecticide timings” “Chemical class, activity and timing of insecticides used for codling moth control” and, “Relative activity spectrum of compounds against spring and early summer […]

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June 17 IPM Conference Call Summary

Posted on 17. Jun, 2008 by .

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John’s Updates 1. John is not seeing many mite problems this season 2. White apple leaf hopper and potato leaf hopper numbers are low 3. Aphid numbers are low 4. In orchards with young tees, borer traps should be out 5. It is time to put out apple maggot traps. Orchards affected by hail should […]

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Helpful table showing characteristics of fungicides

Posted on 12. Jun, 2008 by .

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This comes to us from Dennis Norton of Royal Oak Farm Orchard: “The last MSU Fruit Crop Advisory had a link to a great fungicide table I find most useful during this rainy period we have been having. The link is: http://ipm.msu.edu/cat08fruit/pdf/6-10fungicides_smfrt.pdf”

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Organic Apple Grower’s Hour: June 12 Summary

Posted on 12. Jun, 2008 by .

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Participants: (10 total) Bill Wright, Green Bay, WI; Deirdre Birmingham, Mineral Point, WI; Peter Johnson, Waupaca, WI; Bob Willard, Rochester, WI; Doug Waples, Soldier, IA; Tom Galazen, Bayfield, WI; Lisa DiPietro, Madison, WI; Michael Phillips, Groveton, NH; two growers did not announce their names. Discussion topics: 1. Tree phenology and weather in the Midwest/Northeast 2. […]

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June 10 IPM Conference Call Summary

Posted on 10. Jun, 2008 by .

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Topics 1. Things to consider when deciding whether to re-coat after recent heavy rains: type of material, scouting information, etc. 2. Differentiating PC damage and scab lesions at stem end of apple 3. Recent flight of OBLR 4. Dogwood borer management 5. Recent dispersal of mites 6. White apple leaf hopper and potato leaf hopper: […]

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