[NAFEX] Raintree's nylon socks

Naomi Counides naomi at oznayim.us
Wed Jun 3 13:07:30 EDT 2009


I am in Idaho also and used the glad bags with twist ties.  It worked pretty
well for me.  Last year I tried Last call and was very pleased.
Naomi

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[mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Jim Cooper
Sent: Wednesday, June 03, 2009 9:57 AM
To: North American Fruit Explorers
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Raintree's nylon socks

I've used the Zip Lock sandwich bags for several years. This year they cost
about $ .02 each, and take about a day to instal about 1000 bags. Last year
we had 2500 bags on trees, this year we have only 800. 

They always self thin after the Memorial day weekend that we usually do
this. We have already thinned on most of the  trees, then we go over again
to bag, unless it is a very thin set of fruit. It is then easier to do both
at once.

The plastic bags, have the corners cut out for a drain, we have kids do this
with scissors, then just zip them up close to the stem, but not too tight.
We have had apples get in the corner and they just stretch the bag and do
great! They color up well, and for apples in Idaho this is the best way to
keep Codling moth away! Instead of 90% wormy fruit we have 90% bug free
fruit. We pick the apples and just leave them in the bag until we use them.
Some of the varieties keep for several months in the bag in the refrig. We
just finished the last of last falls golden Delicious and Gold Blush! They
were softening and some wrinkles but very good for that late. I did pick the
fruit a bit earlier (green)  last fall.
Jim
Zone 6-7 Idaho
>>> Michael Dossett <phainopepla at yahoo.com> 6/3/2009 8:25 AM >>>

Jim,

There should be brief (though in my opinion, inadequate) instructions on the
only sheet of paper that comes in the bag.  I don't have it in front of me
at the moment because it is at my parent's house, but we put them over their
apples last weekend so it is fresh in my memory.  Essentially I think you
are supposed to open it just enough to slip over the apple and then twist it
over the stem.  Doing that seems to hold it in place fairly well although I
imagine a determined bug could find a way to wriggle in.  We twisted them
over fairly tightly and then gave them each a little bit of a squeeze before
moving on to the next one.  I think it also helps to pull the nylon a bit
from the end so that it is straight in line with the developing fruit and so
that it isn't snagged or caught up on the end of it.  I can see a scenario
where that could stretch it on the side or push it off rather than filling
up the sock as it swells and develops.

Michael


Michael Dossett
Corvallis, Oregon
www.Mdossettphoto.com 
phainopepla at yahoo.com 


--- On Wed, 6/3/09, Jim Fruth <jimfruth at charter.net> wrote:

> From: Jim Fruth <jimfruth at charter.net>
> Subject: [NAFEX] Raintree's nylon socks
> To: "NAFEX" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
> Date: Wednesday, June 3, 2009, 7:17 AM
>     I bought some of
> Raintree's "Apple Maggot Control Bags."  The catalog 
> says they come with instructions but they arrived sans
> instructions.  What 
> holds these things in place?  Do they need to be tied
> on with a twist-tie?
> 
> Jim Fruth
> Brambleberry Farm
> Pequot Lakes, MN  56472
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