4-27-21

We’ve had two freeze events in April, and both caused damage to the total crop.  However I estimate at least 60% of a crop is left.  There are some varieties with significant damage, but I find variations of live fruit from tree to tree.  We have also been dry for the last three weeks.  This is good for peaches because disease pressure is low.  We have begun thinning the fruit where we feel confidant there is little damage.  Apples appear to have a fair crop and blueberries about half a crop.  Check back later for more farm news.

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4-8-21

There was some freeze damage to the crop on the morning of April 3rd, but I believe we still have 70% of a crop.  It will take a week or so to actually determine the damage.  We are spraying for disease and insect control and we are also working on irrigation lines.  It would be nice to stay dry for a couple of more weeks to aid in disease control.  Check back later for more farm news.

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3-13-21

We’ve dried out a lot in the last two weeks.  Fertilize has been applied and we have just finished pruning.  We are guaranteed a late bloom because normally we would have been at least fifty percent open by now.  The last three seasons have seen February blooms, but not this year.  We always sweat the first two weeks of April regardless.  Check back later for more farm updates.

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2-19-2021

We have had enough rain so far this year.  However, the pruning is going well and we have planted 500 new trees.  We will probably turn warm soon, however there is concern about the cold air in Canada and above.  Let’s hope we don’t get the temps that just hit the middle of the country.  Check back later for more peach news.

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1-18-2021

We are pruning peach trees now and are probably 30% done.  When the weather is good we are spraying under the trees for weed control.  As far as peaches are concerned the weather has been normal with adequate chill hours.  That means that as soon as we get a week of mild weather blooms will move.  Hopefully, there will be a later bloom than recent years.  Check back later for more farm news.

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12-25-2020

FARM UPDATE-2020 was a good peach year.  Although, it was about  a half of a crop, the demand was good.  The biggest problem was some spot on the late varieties which is a result of an early bloom followed by wet conditions.  It is not peach scab, but bacterial spot disease.  There are some sprays we use early to minimize it, but there is no complete cure.  Hopefully we will bloom later and have a drier spring in 2021.  The apple crop was the best in years and lasted into November.  We are pruning and applying weed control at this time.  For those of you with backyard orchards I would wait until February to prune.  Check back later for more farm news.

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4-13-19

Hopefully, the cold weather is behind us and the peach crop is safe.  It looks like a good crop so far, but we have been steadily applying sprays due to the frequent rains.  It is not a full crop because some varieties did not pollinate well, but overall it should be 80% at least.  Apples are blooming and should be alright depending on how well they pollinate.  Check back later for farm updates.

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3-11-19

We escaped the freezing temps of last week with minor damage.  The blooms were in a stage which they could stand temps in the mid twenties.  We are still pruning peach trees and probably will be for the rest of March.  The fertilize has been applied along with a bloom spray for rots on the peach trees.  I’m sure there will be more cold weather to deal with.  Check back later for more farm news.

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2-5-19

This week we have temps in the 70s, which is too warm.  The forecast is for more normal temps next week, however some varieties will swell this week.  If warm temps continue we may have blooms in February for the third straight year.  We still have a month of pruning left, but have finished the dormant oil spray and almost completed winter herbicides.  Check back later for more farm news.

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1-8-19

The fields are still wet but manageable so far.  We have finished pruning apples and are now pruning older peach trees.  On calm days we are applying herbicides to control weeds and grass.  Soon we will be planting new trees and fertilization on all trees will begin in February.  Check back later for more farm news.

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