Fruit Bites July 28-30 Apple Update
AW: Temperatures got hot really fast. Heat tends to crash the aphid populations and brings on the spider mites. They love hot & dusty weather. This excessive heat can also lead to apples and pears getting sunburned. Reports are saying that the Washington state apple crop load is about 7% less than last year due to some losses during frost season, even some frost markings appearing on apples, in certain regions. On average the apples are a little small but with these warmer temperatures will start to get some size. Codling moth is about average but cooler weather has been elongating the generations.
BL: So is harvest on schedule?
Overall the crop is about 7 days ahead. Apple harvest has already started with Rave and other apple varieties will follow in the beginning of August.
BL: Well, thanks Allison. Join us again next time for Fruit Bites, brought to you by Valent. Until then, I’m Bob Larson.