The growing season is moving along
May/29/2010 08:41 AM
Apples are developing, many are an inch in diameter already. The primary infection period for the fungus scab is over, and we see very little infection this year. Plum curculio, an insect that attacks apples at this time, is certainly active, hammering the trees we don’t spray with clay. The remaining trees are all white with clay, the new trees are mulched, and we are beginning to mow under the trees. Apple development is still ahead of where it should be, which means we will need to begin thinning very soon. And who knows? If the apples continue to develop at this rate, we will have apples in September rather than October.