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Apples: Organic Production Guide



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By Tammy Hinman and Guy Ames

Published: 2011

Updated: 2011

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40 pages


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Introduction

This publication provides information on organic apple production from recent research and producer experience. Many aspects of apple production are the same whether the grower uses low-spray, organic, or conventional management. Accordingly, this publication focuses on the aspects that differ from nonorganic practices—primarily pest and disease control, marketing, and economics. (Information on organic weed control and fertility management in orchards is presented in a separate ATTRA publication, Tree Fruits: Organic Production Overview.) This publication introduces the major apple insect pests and diseases and the most effective organic management methods. It also includes farmer profiles of working orchards and a section dealing with economic and marketing considerations. There is an extensive list of resources for information and supplies and an appendix on disease-resistant apple varieties.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Geographical Factors Affecting Disease and Pest Management
Insect and Mite Pests
Insect IPM in Apples - Kaolin Clay
Diseases
Mammal and Bird Pests
Thinning
Weed and Orchard Floor Management
Economics and Marketing
Conclusion

Appendix 1:
Disease Resistant Apple Varieties
References
Further Resources

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