Apple IPM Shines in Two-County Demo
Apples are afflicted by many pests and diseases, and producing blemish-free fruit commercially without chemical sprays is nearly impossible. Sprays can be reduced when growers follow IPM scouting methods as well as threshold protocols–but growers need to be confident that these protocols really work. Demonstrations this past year in Orange and Ulster Counties satisfied participating growers that IPM works and saves them money.
"Many growers were so happy that they are convincing their neighbor farmers to participate, and enrollments are on a sharp rise."
–Maire Ullrich, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Orange County