Integrated Pest Management
Apples are one of the most difficult crops to grow. Apples are not native to North America. They haven’t evolved to resist the pests we have here.
We practice Integrated Pest Management (IPM) which involves monitoring pest traps and weather stations, preventing pests and using minimal pesticides. Only if pest levels are high enough to be economically harmful will we apply a chemical spray to our crop. This attention to detail reduces the amount of chemicals we apply to our apples by 33 to 50 percent, compared to conventional methods.
Pest prevention is very important in our orchards. Ways that we prevent pests include:
Leaf Analysis and Soil Tests
Every July we take a sampling of leaves and soil from each section of our orchards and send the samples to the University of Wisconsin Soil and Plant Analysis Lab. The scientists there identify where the soil is sufficient or lacking in certain nutrients.
We can apply the recommended nutrients to the soil to help our plants thrive. This process helps us keep our soil fertile without applying excess nutrients.
Codling moth larvae will tunnel their way to the apple core, damaging the fruit. This trap monitors codling moth activity.
Green's Pleasant Springs Orchard