2015 – Looking Ahead by Evaluating the 2014 Season

The SE Ohio Region was hit hard by fire blight in 2014.  Let’s start with that problem and examine ways to improve our chances of success this year. Fire blight is a terrible issue when moisture and temperature levels coincide.  Since we never know when that combination will happen, we need to be pre-emptive in our organic spray program.  We also need to note which varieties and rootstocks are most resistant and suseptable.  I have provided a good link that explains the steps that are needed to deal with this disease. http://organic-center.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/TOC_Report_Blight_2b.pdf