Harvest Continues

As harvest continues, so does the summer rot saga, especially bitter rot. Multiple orchards are reporting significant to complete loss of Honeycrisp throughout the Midwest, in addition to other varieties. Honeycrisp is by far the worst hit, but its seems that Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Cameo, Ida Red, Empire, Fuji and Gala have had problems in the past. If you are having problems on other varieties, please let me know. We have a trial underway to see if a preharvest application of captan or Merivon helps improves long-term storage options. I’ll have the data to you for the winter horticultural congress in Indianapolis.

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