[NAFEX] Apple bags vs. nylons

Michael Dossett phainopepla at yahoo.com
Sat Sep 26 23:59:31 EDT 2009


We tried the nylons at my parent's place in Seattle and I can say it will be the last time, but for a different reason.  The nylons did absolutely nothing to stop our Coddling Moth problem.  Apple Maggot, yes, coddling moth, no.  It seems like they just chewed right through the nylons.  On top of that, as the apple expands and stretches the nylon, they get runs in them just like a pair of panty hose.  Once that happens, they are worthless.  It would be nice if they were reuseable but 90% of ours weren't after one season..  Maybe we just did something wrong?

Michael


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


--- On Sat, 9/26/09, Jim Fruth <jimfruth at charter.net> wrote:

> From: Jim Fruth <jimfruth at charter.net>
> Subject: [NAFEX] Apple bags vs. nylons
> To: "NAFEX" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
> Date: Saturday, September 26, 2009, 7:26 AM
>     This year I tested
> "Apple Maggot Control Bags (nylon)" that I bought 
> from Raintree versus Zip-Lock Bags with unbagged apples for
> a control.  It 
> will definitely be my last purchase of the nylon bags!
>     Both bag types were effective against Apple
> Maggot but fungi was a big 
> problem with the nylon bags.  Blotch and Fly Speck are
> problems here that 
> affect the outer surface of apples.  Both wash off
> with a bit of 'elbow 
> grease' and a Scotch Brite pad but having to clean every
> apple is a nuisance 
> and not cost effective.
>     Surprisingly, there was much more Blotch and
> Fly Speck on the nylon 
> bagged apples than on the unbagged apples. 
> Predictably, only a few apples 
> with Zip Lock Bags had any and those that did had a small
> amount at the stem 
> end.  An exception was that the earliest summer apples
> (Beacon and Yellow 
> Transparent) were not affected with the fungi.
>     In conclusion, it is nice that, unlike
> plastic bags that break down 
> after being exposed to prolonged sunlight, the nylons can
> be reused again. 
> I'll be using the nylons on my earliest summer apples and
> all others will be 
> bagged with Zip Lock bags.
> 
> Jim Fruth
> Brambleberry Farm
> Pequot Lakes, MN  56472
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