You know, it's very hard to spray when Fate doesn't cooperate.

denninmi(8a)April 25, 2012

If it's not raining or threatening rain, we seem to have tropical storm force winds blowing. I really need to get a spray on, it's petal fall on cherries, plums, peaches. (Gave up on apricots, I don't think they set much of anything).

We've had tremendous winds the past 3-4 days, sustained around 30-35, gusts 40-50 mph.

Can't spray in that. Praying for some better weather this week.

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I mentioned in a different thread, but my trees have entered some kind of suspended state. Blossoms that have opened weeks (about 70%) ago still have petals. Blossoms that have partially opened have stayed that way. Bees are still buzzing around, so I don't want to spray.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2012 at 12:23PM
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franktank232(z5 WI)

I've got 2 different size sweet cherries...some that are "big" and some that are very small, on the same tree... I doubt the small ones (which there are many) ever get going...but who knows.

My peaches haven't done anything in a couple weeks.

The remaining apricots have gained in size.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2012 at 12:59PM
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Randy31513(Georgia 8b)

The wind finally settled down here in South Ga so I sprayed today about five gallons of captan. I sprayed just Captan but I wanted to tank mix Triazicide with the captan but got scared with the temperature on the rise. I'll wait and spray the Triazicide in a couple of days.

BTW, of late after my pump quiets picking picking up in the tank, I add a more water then use that to spray my roses. A good use for tank wash seems like.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2012 at 1:18PM
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alan haigh

Usually good spray weather coincides with the appearance of the insects you need to protect against- the warm still days. I've never had weather prevent me from protecting all the orchards I manage and they take a week of decent spray conditions to cover. As long as you understand how much rain will wash things off and how long it takes for pesticides to set, one orchard shouldn't be too hard.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2012 at 5:04PM
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Harvestman - the orchards you manage are probably laid out in a sensible manner, with apples next to apples, peaches next to peaches. Whereas we idiotic home growers will plant a peach next to an apple, then have to try to spray the one without killing the bees just starting to gather on the other, a few feet away.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2012 at 5:57PM
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Well, it isn't that I absolutely COULDN'T spray in the conditions we've had, its just that it becomes an extremely unpleasant task in 40 mph, cold wind. I've done it enough times to know I don't enjoy getting a face full of spray blowing back at me.

ltilton -- lol, that's me, tucking things into spots where I think they'll fit -- hmm, let's see, a standard apple won't fit there, but a peach will .... that's me.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2012 at 8:31PM
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Yeah, that sounds like me too. I have my columnar peach tucked into a spot surrounded by azaleas and Korean spice viburnum - all in full bloom right now, when I need to protect my young peaches. I sprayed on a still morning, being careful to aim away from the flowers. Then I took about five buckets of water and washed down the nearby shrubs and flowers.

    Bookmark   April 25, 2012 at 9:10PM
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alan haigh

I can't spray in strong winds either. I bet you don't have any PC scars yet and they won't show up until the wind subsides.

Den, my point is that during periods where spraying is not tenible, insect activity tends to be low. The message was intended to give hope (not to brag at your expense) because I know how crazy it can make you trying to get spray down in difficult conditions. I don't sleep a lot in early spring- believe me, but if I only had a couple hours of spraying to do it wouldn't be too difficult.

RW, nearby flowering shrubs can be covered with tarps.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2012 at 5:57AM
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franktank232(z5 WI)

I saw PC egg laying scars yesterday on one apricot tree. I had some nice weather over the weekend. They looked fresh.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2012 at 8:43AM
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alan haigh

Here in Z6 all I'm seeing is clean fruit where it's setting.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2012 at 4:34PM
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franktank232(z5 WI)

A few sweet cherries have PC scars on them... I think I live in a PC breeding ground.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2012 at 5:04PM
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Hard to believe PCs would be out in this cold weather.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2012 at 5:24PM
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alan haigh

Those hands look as soil chapped as mine.

    Bookmark   April 26, 2012 at 8:33PM
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