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  • From: "Richard L. Wagner" <>
  • To: "North American Fruit Explorers" <>
  • Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Plum Curculio & Peach Tree Damage
  • Date: Tue, 26 Jul 2011 19:11:10 -0400

When we first moved here six years ago I planted about 100 assorted fruit trees in a home orchard plot. About a week before deer season was to open all but three were destroyed in a single night by bucks (we had 15 deer at once in our yard on several ocassions) and those three were so mangled they may as well have been dead. I have since erected an 8 ft fence4 and replanted about 50 trees. No more deer problems but something worse.
I have been spraying with Bonide as it was recommended by local garden/feed store. If I can find Imidan I will try it..
When we moved here we loved this country (except for the ticks and chiggers, I am now scarred for life) and the summer rain and green grass. I never envisioned how bad the pest and disease problem would be. If it isn't fungus and bacteria on the ornamentals it is everything else on everything else. I spent 62 years in the fruit regions of California and Oregon. No one knew what chiggers were and only once had I seen a tick, a single one on my dog, after a day of quail hunting in the blackberry thickets along the Umpqua River in Oregon. I had plums, cherries, apricots and, peaches and never sprayed. My only problem was the codling moths on the pears and apples but since they were for my own consumption I just ate around the hole.
Oh well life is short. At least it won't last forever.

Quoting Jim Freeman <>:
Hi Richard,

We also have lots of plum curculio pressure and have never found any
stone fruit that can resist them. We manage them by timely application
of Imidan at petal fall. If we wait even a week later, we will have much
more damage. Sometimes we spray in the evening to avoid hurting the
bees, if they are still present.
When we planted our first peaches in 2002, we were told that deer do not
bother peaches and the few we had planted did fine. In 2009, we planted
an additional 800 peach trees. The deer did not eat the buds but they
love to rub the trunks and branches with their antlers. We eventually
had to fence the entire orchard to avoid deer damage. When the trees are
severely damaged, we replace them regardless of age. Nursing damaged
peach trees has not been productive for us.
Jim Freeman
Freedom Farms LLC
Zone 7a N. Georgia

-----Original Message-----
Are there any stone fruits with any resistance to the plum curculio?
Despite three sprayings in both of the last two years we have not been
able to get a single uninfected fruit. We may as well consider all stone
fruits as ornamental only.
Richard Wagner
southern Missouri Ozarks z 6b/7a
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