Crop Conditions – Facts for Fancy Fruit

Crop Conditions

Early apples are almost ready for harvest in the Lafayette area. Grapes have started veraison, which is a bit late this year. Summer bearing (floricane) blackberry varieties are starting to ripen, though we have a very small crop due to winter injury. Japanese beetles and spotted wing Drosophila are abundant and causing damage to what little fruit there is. Fall-bearing (primocane) blackberries and raspberries are blooming and the first fruit is developing well. Japanese beetles are a problem when they feed on flowers of PF blackberries. We have a good crop of pawpaws this year and a decent crop of Aronia and elderberrythis year. The recent change in the weather is very welcome. We could use some rain but are very happy with the milder temperatures. These are perfect conditions for fruit ripening; warm sunny days and cool nights. Let’s hope this trend continues.


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