Island Apple IPM
April 9, 2009 Recorded Pest Message in Print
Hi RI Fruit Growers,
Our April twilight meeting will be on April 23 at 5:30 at Belkin Family
Lookout Farm in South Natick, MA. It’s maybe a little bit longer
drive then we are used to, but it will be well worth the trip. The farm
was established in 1651 and it is a site to see. The farm has pick-your-own
apples, pears, peaches, plums, cherries, strawberries and pumpkins. They
also grow lots of vegetables and have a garden center and farm stand. I’m
looking forward to seeing it!
The cost of the meeting is $20 per farm ($25 for non RIFGA members)
and one hour of pesticide recertification credit is available.
Take 95/128N to Exit 21 (Route 16)
Follow Route 16W through Wellesley
After approximately 3 miles, you will come to a fork in the road, bear
left and continue on Route 16 to South Natick
At the set of lights (there will be a white church on your right), take
a left onto Pleasant Street
You will travel exactly 3/4 of a mile on Pleasant street before seeing
our Red Farm Market – take a right into our parking lot
Here is their website: http://www.lookoutfarm.com/
I have been looking for hatched winter moth caterpillars, but have not
found any yet. I expect to see them any day. For those growers with known
winter moth infestations, an insecticide such as Imidan or Delegate (the
new spinosad) should be applied now.
We’ve had green tissue exposed on apple trees for nearly one week.
Orchards that had scab last year should be protected with a fungicide
at this time. In the Hudson Valley, NY, apple scab ascospores are 35%
mature and ready to be released with the next rain fall! I don’t
know if we have similar conditions here – but we should be cautious!
These freezing temperatures we've been experiencing means you should
wait to apply oil. Oil should only be applied if freezing temperatures
aren't expected for 2 days.
Hope to see you at Lookout Farm!