Golden Russet & Fireblight

megamav(5a - NY)September 3, 2013

I've mentioned a few times on here that the Golden Russet trees I see have severe cases of fireblight, maybe someone has seen worse, but its like this every year for GR.

This is from an orchard in Columbia County, New York.
I would consider this to be severe.

Fruit looks great though. 6 weeks to go!

This post was edited by megamav on Tue, Sep 3, 13 at 19:24

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At least the apples look good...... This is what agro ontario said:

" Fire blight has become a serious problem in high density apple plantings that contain new susceptible varieties and dwarfing rootstocks (Figure 4-153).

Stay away from new varieties and probably dwarfing rootstocks it seems.....

    Bookmark   September 4, 2013 at 8:30AM
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megamav(5a - NY)

I understand why orchards plant at high density, but the disease and pest management seems to be a huge problem for certain varieties.

Less light for a majority of the tree, and less air movement with high density plantings.

My plantings in my yard average about 12-14 feet apart for half standard.

Rhode Island Greening usually is another heavy hitter with FB, but this year, seems like its OK at one orchard that usually has a problem.

Im not sure if this orchard is as diligent with remediating the fireblight problem, its possible this issue has been allowed to linger on the GR year after year.

    Bookmark   September 4, 2013 at 12:12PM
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