[NAFEX] climate, weather and fruit

Jolyn jolyn at tctwest.net
Mon Jul 27 11:39:31 EDT 2009

My 8 yr old Nova pear trees had fireblight last year.  I pruned the damage 
but the entire trees showed damage this spring and I had to remove them. 
Luscious, Summercrisp, Honey Sweet and Harrow Sweet were not affected.
Jolyn in MT
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Erdman, James" <ErdmanJ at uwstout.edu>
To: "North American Fruit Explorers" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>; "North 
American Fruit Explorers" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Monday, July 27, 2009 6:20 AM
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] climate, weather and fruit

> We are having a very dry summer, again, but did get almost an inch of rain 
> in the last 5 days, after less than a tenth for the earlier part of the 
> month.  I think we are around 5 inches behind normal for the year so far. 
> My rainwater tank, which is normally full by the end of April from 
> rainfall collected from a shed roof, hasn't had enough rain to fill it up 
> yet this year.
> We are getting a bumper crop of excellent red and purple raspberries, 
> after almost no crop last year due to the rabbits and dear eating them 
> down to the ground the previous winter.
> Our Manchurian apricots (2 seedlings purchased 16 years ago or so from 
> Bear Creek) are having a bumper crop, larger fruit than ever before, and 
> little insect damage.  We are drying what we can, eating them until we are 
> tired of them, and juicing some too.
> It looks like our only bearing pear tree, a Nova from St Lawrence, is 
> succombing to fire blight.  In just 2 or 3 days it went from looking 
> perfectly healthy to having black foiliage, shriveling fruit, and looking 
> really unhealthy.  If I cut the infected shoots 12" back into clean wood, 
> I will be cutting out most of the tree.  Any suggestions of what to do 
> immediately, and in the longer run?
> Since we started mulching our tomatoes, and the rest of the garden, before 
> the tomatoes get rained on, we have had much less problem with blight.  We 
> try to get them planted and then mulched right away so that we don't have 
> any soil splashed on the plants by rain, and this seems to help.  And of 
> course it is nice not to have to do much weeding the rest of the summer. 
> Our earliest tomatoes, Imur Prior Beta, have been producing for over 2 
> weeks, and others are starting to redden, but peppers are slow in 
> ripening.
> Jim Erdman, in Menomonie, WI, cold edge of zone 4
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