VT Apple IPM: Petal fall thinning meeting, fire blight clarification

From our colleagues across the lake at Cornell University. This should be a very informative meeting. -TB

The virtual Champlain Valley Petal Fall Thinning Meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 18, from 4-5pm. At this meeting we will hear from Dr. Robinson on his thoughts for thinning at the petal fall timing. To join, simply click on the zoom link on Tuesday at 4pm.

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Clarification on Fire Blight notice:

A couple of people have asked if it is safe to apply streptomycin when bees are in the orchard. To my knowledge, there are no indications that strep is harmful to bees. In fact, its labeling to be applied during bloom indicates that it has passed the EPA standards for pollinator safety. The outlook for fire blight has only gotten more favorable for this week, given the warm weather expected at the end of the week. If you have open blossoms Tues-Fri, I’d plan to treat sometime during that window.

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