I hope everyone’s ‘second winter’ is going well. While we’ve had some pretty good cold snaps this week, I don’t expect that the warm spell in February significantly reduced apple bud hardiness. Time will tell, however, if I’m right, but keep up with your pruning because spring will be here before we know it.
I am posting a link to a program sponsored by IPM Institute of North America and University of Wisconsin Eco-Fruit Project, “Apple Talk”: https://ipminstitute.org/projects/specialty-crop-grower-services/appletalk/. The IPM Institute operates on a subscription system, and Apple Talk registration is $150 for the year. This weekly conference call covers numerous aspects of apple pest and crop management in an interactive environment. I was a subscriber and occasional contributor about ten years ago and the quality of material was very good. I recommend it as a means to get a sense of what other growers are facing during the growing season. However, keep in mind that the program is based in the upper Midwest, and conditions there may not always translate to those in our region.
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