Fall is here — or, at least what I consider to be the first signs of fall. Corn silage chopping and apple orchards opening are here.
Another week with higher temperatures and humidity has passed. We did receive a couple pop-up showers Saturday with a combined total of a little less than 0.15 inches of rain.
At Braeutigam’s Orchard, the company priorities start with a “P.” That includes people, peaches and pumpkins.
After the late frost experienced by fruit growers in Indiana last year wiped out most of the 2020 fruit crop, especially apples, fruit producers were looking toward 2021 in hopes of having better yields.
After a late freeze last year killed 80% of the Hoosier apple crop, producers are taking steps to help ensure a better chance of a successful harvest this year, including proper disease management.
With the help of sponsorship by the Indiana Horticulture Conference and Expo, Purdue Extension has been able to host a series of fruit management webinars. The first focused on the apple crop.
Purdue Extension recently updated the 2021 Midwest Vegetable Production Guide for Commercial Growers.