[NAFEX] Cedar Apple Rust

Stephen Sadler Docshiva at Docshiva.org
Fri Jul 14 18:48:50 EDT 2006


Most organic growers still spray.  There seems to be a common feeling that
organic growers do nothing beyond use of resistant varieties and
encouragement of beneficial insects.  I've always gardened organically, and
always sprayed my apple and peach trees to prevent bacterial and fungal
diseases. Organic fungicide spray concentrates are widely available.  They
can be applied weekly from bud break until mid-spring to control cedar apple

Stephen Sadler
USDA 9, AHS heat zone 8, 
Sacramento CA - Mediterranean climate

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[mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Don Yellman
Sent: Friday, July 14, 2006 10:33 AM
To: North American Fruit Explorers
Subject: [NAFEX] Cedar Apple Rust


I would like to be as "organic" as the next guy, since I hate the work and
expense of spraying, but theory seems to run head-on into reality.  There is
no doubt about what I will be doing next spring at blossom time, and that is
a couple applications of Ferbam.  I am not a professional, and there may be
other fungicides or techniques to fight this disease of which I am unaware.
I know there are some that are "registered", which, for my purposes, means I
can't get them.  But I think you can still buy Ferbam on the hobby grower
market if you look around.

Don Yellman, Great Falls, VA

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