Thursday, March 25, 2010

Spring Has Arrived!!

What’s the old saying….”In like a lion out like a lamb….In like a lamb out like a lion!!  Well…..whatever the saying, we thought we were going to have an early spring only to get slammed today with much cooler temperatures and a light rain.  This is the time of the year when we start preparing for the new season in the orchard and my priority one is our IPM protocol for the orchard.  The first order of business is putting our Spray Protocol together and getting our products ordered and the second order of business is preparing our pheromone lure traps for the season.

If you've not already done so, and you need new traps, NOW is the time to order your pheromone traps for key insects for the 2010 season   I generally begin to set my Trece Delta Pherocon VI traps around April first. 

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I am going to refer you to the Illinois Fruit and Vegetable News Vol. 15, Nos. 19-20, March 18, 2009 article by Rick Weinzierl, “Pheromone Traps for Fruit Insects” for a good overview on the the what, when and where of using pheromone lure traps to monitor your insects.  My next post will be our Spray Protocol for the season….stay tuned!!

jmcextman: Reducing overwintering apple scab inoculum using fall-applied urea and leaf shredding

jmcextman: Reducing overwintering apple scab inoculum using fall-applied urea and leaf shredding