Apples

Captan draft risk assessment comments end March 15

As many apple growers in the region can attest, Captan has been an essential fungicide for apple disease management programs. Due to the 77-day PHI of mancozeb in apple, captan use in apple is essential... more »

Current apples in storage 11 percent less than March 2018

Mark W. Seetin, U.S. Apple Association director, regulatory and industry affairs, has released the fifth report on the 2018 apple crop. According to the survey, this year’s fresh apple holdings on March 1, 2019, totaled 65.5 million... more »

Rockit Global takes major step in miniature apple packaging

Rockit Global Ltd., a Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand, apple company is launching fully recyclable and biodegradable cardboard packaging into New Zealand supermarkets and food stores. The miniature Rockit apples are sold in packs. Until last... more »

Study reveals NYS apple industry’s true economic impact

Economic development boards and policymakers often have to make tough decisions when trying to boost the economy of rural areas. Should they give the green light to, say, a manufacturing plant? Or would an agricultural... more »

Sterile insect releases by drone could target pest control

Researchers in Washington state and Michigan are releasing sterile codling moths by drone as a new technique for keeping “worms” out of apples. Sterile insect releases have for some time been used as an effort... more »

AgBiome Innovations adds Lektivar 40SC to product portfolio

AgBiome Innovations, the commercial arm of AgBiome,  introduced March 7, Lektivar 40SC, a novel fungicide (fluazinam) that provides superior control of foliar and soil-borne diseases to include white mold, southern blight, downy mildew, early blight and... more »

Michigan Pomesters name Phil Pitts ‘Fruit Man of the Year’

A processing apple sales manager credited with returning more than $2.5 million to growers in a single season is the Michigan Pomesters’ 2019 “Fruit Man of the Year.” Phil... more »

Equipment modifications, trials featured in IFTA tour

New equipment – everything from a harvest surveillance system to netting to protect from hail – were featured in a tour on the final day of the International Fruit Tree Association’s (IFTA) annual conference Feb.... more »


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