Crop Conditions – Facts for Fancy Fruit

Crop Conditions

Grapes are in early bloom in the Lafayette area. Apples are mostly in the half inch stage, where there is any fruit. June drop has not yet occurred. Frost scarring on fruits is obvious. Black raspberries are at petal fall and they generally look very good. Floricane blackberries are in bloom where there are healthy canes. Several blooms have black centers indicating freeze damage. In our plantings and several others in the area cane blight symptoms are prevalent and most floricanes are dead or dying. Primocanes are healthy and nearing the time when tipping will be needed (in free standing plantings). Primocane fruiting blackberries have about 18-24 inch canes. Strawberry fruit are ripe and harvest is underway. Honey berries are also ripe. Gooseberries and currants will begin ripening in the next week or so.

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