Another Close Call
April 21, 2014
I received a phone call from Dr. Greg Peck at Virginia Tech’s lab in Winchester, VA following last week’s freezing temperatures. Greg said that he was seeing a surprising amount of freeze injury to apple flower pistils. I mentioned that our minimum temperatures hadn’t dropped below the critical values for apple buds between half inch green and tight cluster, (23° F and 27°F, respectively).
Disease Update: Apple Scab Infection likely for April 22, 2014
April 21, 2014
Apple scab spores continue to rapidly mature and discharge. Rain and thunderstorms are forecasted for Tuesday, April 22, 2014, and combined with temperatures in the upper 60s to low 70s, these are once again great conditions for scab infection. Apple cultivars with green tissue need to be protected.
Disease Update: Apple Scab Infection Warning
April 15, 2014
Apple scab spores are rapidly maturing and beginning to discharge. Combined with the rain and temperatures in the 60s, these are great conditions for scab infection. Early season apple cultivars with green tissue need to be protected.
Disease Update: Get your motor running…
April 10, 2014
If not already completed, copper sprays are encouraged for fungal and bacterial disease control. Scab spores have not yet been released. Excellent resources are available for growers for resistance management this season.
EPA Announces Proposed Changes to the Farm Worker Protection Standard
March 28, 2014
In the March 19, 2014 Federal Register the Environmental Protection Agency issued proposed changes to the Agricultural Worker Protection Standard (WPS). The intent of these changes is increase protections from pesticide exposure for the nation’s two million agricultural workers and their families.