This hot dry summer has been demanding in terms of our needing to meet the trees' water requirements, but on the flip side from what I've seen so far, the worst pests seem to be taking a year off.
At this stage of the season last year, stink bugs and squirrels were causing damage everywhere - the stink bugs virtually destroyed my Asian pears and peaches and the squirrels were taking anything the stink bugs left behind. This year there were just a few stinkers on the pears before I bagged them and now nothing. I haven't seen a squirrel in a month. I'm allowing my fully loaded unsprayed peach trees to ripen their fruit on the tree. No one's interested in my ripe plums. The ripening apples are untouched. The only place I've seen any number of stinkbugs has been on the figs. Just why they would be interested in unripe figs when so much better stuff is around is puzzling, but I'll take it.