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 showers now and warm conditions , I hope to get a fungicide on this evening to protect against brown rot blossom blight and black knot.    Also, I have a concern each year regarding tarnished plant bugs in peaches at this time.  I will tap a few branches later to see what is out there.  The peach blossom blight spray may go on tonight too depending on what things look like.  Expect bloom on peaches by the weekend for sure.  This should go on by pink in them.  Apples are moving like crazy too.  At half inch green in early varieties.  I will put on a protective fungicide and dormant oil on by the end of tomorrow.  NO OIL WITHIN 10 DAYS OF CAPTAN!  I will hit the pears for a second time with another light shot of oil for pear psylla.  I was able to spray all the apples with copper on Sunday.  Time is over for copper now.  Half inch green is the cutoff.

Our new apple plantings are looking good.  We are putting a temporary wire and stake on them for this year.  Will construct a permanent trellis next year.  Apple tree customers still picking up their trees for planting.  Best to get them in now .  Conditions could not be better and you don’t want them to push out buds because this can impact tree establishment.  We have watered several of these rows already.

I will be looking to prune the peaches beginning Thursday or so.  May hedge my bets and leave a bit more on than usual.  The bloom is near 100% at this time.  All other pruning and cleanup is complete.

Still cleaning out the sap house.  Made almost 40 gallons.  Not bad for first timers.

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2 Responses to Season moves with dizzying speed!

  1. George Schlieper says:

    Rick,
    Is there specific fungicide for the apple trees or will help at the store know what to sell me? I’ll most likely go to Banfield and Baker.

    • grower says:

      This is Molly Shaw from Cornell Cooperative Extension answering–CCE partners with Rick to get his orchard journal on the blog.

      Captan is one of the most commonly available fungicides at home and garden stores that works on apple scab, but you must not use it close to an oil spray or there will be damage to the apple tree.

      Cornell’s Tree Fruit IPM guidelines lists all the labeled options in NY and describes them. Make sure you follow the directions on the product label–the label is the law when it comes to spray applications.

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