VT Apple IPM

It’s finally looking like there’s a better than zero chance for rain in the next few days. Everyone, regardless of the status of your apple crop, should be covered going into this (hopeful) rain event. If you have fruit, plum curculio is likely your main pest of concern right now, we’re about a week away from codling moth egg hatch. Keep an eye on your fruit set and if fruit are still clustered up, consider a thinner.

Be careful (or just don’t) with spraying in heat. I’ve done a good bit of damage to fruit and foliage when spraying over 85°. Best window if you can cover the orchard quickly enough is once it starts cooling down tonight through tomorrow. The front coming through will bring wind.

That’s all for now- I have a sprayer to set up.