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  • Subject: [NAFEX] status report: pears, jap beetles
  • Date: Mon, 30 Jun 2003 13:12:05 EDT

Just got in from working on my pear trees.
Last year I planted ( with an eye towards disease resistance), a Harrows
Delight, Potomac, Magness, Moonglow, and with fingers crossed, a Clapps
This has been a low to medium pressure blight year, and ranking in order of
increased blight strikes, I found the following: Harrows Delight, Clapps
Favorite(!), Moonglow, Magness and Potomac. This surprised me but might be
do to
the vigorous growth of the Potomac this year and the wire fencing that Bambi
forces me to surround my trees with. The Harrows Delight had almost no
but is the least vigorous in new growth. The Bartlett grafts on a seedling
pear are also doing well, very little blight and some pears as well.
Had a grand total of two plums on my Methley, one was ripe today, and I
actually beat the deer, squirrels etc to it. Delicious!
I used Surround on some trees for JB protection, and it seems to be working
It doesnt work too well for Irish Setters, as I caught mine walking calmly
with a Surround coated peach in his mouth. He saw me, spat it out and
his shoulders.
Good luck and a productive season to all.
Jeff, Ohio River Valley, zone 6

  • [NAFEX] status report: pears, jap beetles, JRobbFarm, 06/30/2003

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