Fruit Bites June 16-18 Fruit Russet Pt 2
AW: You could always grow less susceptible cultivars, but where’s the fun in that? First up, calibrate and check your sprayers for worn nozzles and even spray patterns. Ask yourself when spraying, do you have a solid 4 hours for drying time?
BL: Let’s say Mother Nature isn’t playing nice and delivers a cool, wet, frosty spring.
AW: Typical. For apples, in addition to standard frost prevention, start a strong powdery mildew program early. From pink to bloom, apply Promalin 24 hours before or after a frost event to increase fruit set. From petal fall to 25mm fruitlets, apply ProVide to reduce moisture-related fruit russet. And these are some ways to prevent russet. Remember to read and follow labeled directions.
BL: Well, thanks Allison. Join us again next time for Fruit Bites, brought to you by Valent. Until then, I’m Bob Larson.