RIMpro is a proprietary interactive decision support system that can help fruit growers manage apple scab and fire blight in spring. I discussed RIMpro briefly in a blog post last year. I have evaluated RIMpro for three years and have … Continue reading
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Many of the apple cultivars desired for making hard cider are currently in short supply, a fact that has resulted in high prices for fruit of some especially desirable cultivars. Apple growers interested in producing cider apples may wish to … Continue reading
24 June 2014: As noted in my last post 10 days ago, fire blight is apparently pretty easy to find in the Hudson Valley this year. Several people have told me that younger trees that were protected with streptomycin sprays … Continue reading
14 June 2014: Fire blight is causing problems across a broad swath of the mid-Atlantic and Northeast. Dealing with fire blight at this time of year is always difficult. Penn State Extension just published an excellent article by Dr. Kari … Continue reading
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Wednesday, 28 May 2014: The first fire blight symptoms are now appearing in Hudson Valley orchards. Dying blossom clusters or shoots noted while spraying orchards should be investigated carefully to determine if fire blight is causing the die-back. Early evidence … Continue reading
7 pm, Thursday, May 22, 2014: Unfortunately, some regions of the Hudson Valley received hail within the last 12 hours. Where fire blight inoculum exists in apple and pear orchards, injuries to bark, leaves, and fruitets may provide entry points … Continue reading
Tuesday afternoon, May 20, 2014: Weather forecasters have adjusted their predictions, and the slightly cooler temperatures predicted have resulted in reduced risks for additional fire blight infections later this week. The potential infection periods that were predicted yesterday disappeared when … Continue reading
Monday afternoon, May 12, 2014: Warm weather and predicted showers continue to favor fire blight. A strep spray should have been applied sometime on Saturday or Sunday to all orchards that are at high risk for fire blight (i.e., trees … Continue reading
Thursday noon, May 8, 2014: With apples and pears in bloom and several days of intermittent rainfall, many folks are probably wondering about the risk of fire blight. I just finished running the MaryBlyt model using weather data from the Highland-HVL … Continue reading