Category: Orchards

Peach Leaf Curl
Peach Leaf Curl

Peach Leaf curl is caused by the fungus Taphrina deformans. The spores of the fungus lodge in the bud scales of peach and nectarine trees in the summer, overwintering there until the tree begins to break dormancy. At that time, the new leaf tissues are infected, causing the cells to grow larger than normal, which […]

Winter Scouting Fruit Trees
Winter Scouting Fruit Trees

Scouting, or looking for pest and disease problems on plants, is an important part of good orchard management. Winter is a good time to look at your fruit trees without their leafy clothing hiding problems. In our rainy climate, all manner of fungal and bacterial infections can damage fruit trees, mainly by forming galls or […]

Harvest is upon us
Harvest is upon us

With the warm, dry summer we’ve had, fruit is ripening up to three weeks ahead of “normal”. For the last three years, our accumulated heat units are well above the historical average. Since many fruits ripen when they’ve experienced the right amount of heat, it is to be expected that they would ripen earlier in […]


Apple Maggot Timing

People have starting asking us about when to spray for apple maggot. This is a complex pest to control in orchards and home gardens, so it is a good idea to understand its life cycle. Apple maggot, Rhagoletis pomonella, is a small sawfly that lays its eggs on developing fruit, most commonly apples, but also […]

Codling Moth Update
Codling Moth Update

Hopefully many of you have played with the codling moth tracking tool we posted about last year, and are tracking a weather station near you, in hopes of controlling codling moth this summer. Watching the weather has been tricky this year, with temperatures fluctuating between warm and cool. The past two weeks have been quite […]

Mildew Explosion!
Mildew Explosion!

The past couple of weeks, people are really starting to see powdery mildew raise its ugly head. Powdery mildew is caused by fungus in the genus Podosphaera. Powdery mildew spores overwinter in the leaf buds of plants, and germinate just as the new shoots are emerging. At that stage, sulfur or lime sulfur sprays can […]


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