Monthly Archives: March 2012

Brrr, freezing cold and late night toiling

The past 3 days have been completely focused on saving our crops.  The cold temperatures of the night of March 26/27 was normal for this time of year but potentially devastating considering how advanced the growth was.  Every one of … Continue reading

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Dormant oil for mites, fungicide for scab

Looks like a slight breather is coming up with a bit of a cool down.  Yesterday sprayed the apples with dormant oil to suppress mites.  Added to that a protectant fungicide to protect against apple scab which will be very … Continue reading

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NEWA to predict pests

We have plenty of pests of apples in NY, and managing them is one of the major tasks of an orchardist.  Diseases tend to be worse during certain weather conditions (usually wet), and insects develop based on how much heat … Continue reading

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Season moves with dizzying speed!

Things happening so fast that your head swims with all that is going on.  Saw the first blooms in the Japanese plums yesterday afternoon.  I expect full bloom on these by the end of today.  With the on and off … Continue reading

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First sprays for disease-prevention are out

No end in the work with warm weather like this.  Sprayed yesterday for peach leaf curl protection in the peaches, fireblight in the pears and bacterial cankers in the other stone fruits.  Weather conditions were perfect.  Found a bit of … Continue reading

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Fixing a drainline dried up the soil

Crazy warm weather continues.  We just keep moving along.  Pruned the remaining young apple plantings yesterday.  Fixed a drainline (soil drain, or “tile”) that was flooding our newest apple planting.  Partially crushed and filled with roots.  Dried up in hours … Continue reading

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Push to finish apple pruning

Working as hard as we can to complete Apple pruning.  Finished Saturday and cleaned up the brush all day yesterday.  We are ready now in the apples.  Preparing to plant trees today.  Just 300 this year.  Hope to plant by … Continue reading

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