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Washing off sooty blotch

Posted by Fabio Chizzola 
Washing off sooty blotch
September 16, 2013 08:24AM
It's that time of the year, where I wish:

1. I would have done summer pruning.
2. I would have bought a small washing machine for my apples.

Basically most of my apples from my older trees have a lot of FlySpeck and Soothy Blotch, even though if I spray a few times for it....We sell to 5-7 stores in the area and few more in NYC, so we need to clean the apples!!
So my question is, for an orchard my size(800-1000 trees), what would be the best move going forward? small washing machine(where to buy it?) or is there an economical labor way to clean apples manually?

Thank you.

Westwind Orchard
Zone 5b in New York

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/16/2013 09:10PM by Michael Phillips.
Re: Washing off sooty blotch
October 16, 2013 11:01AM
Dear Fabio,

I saw one of these at a local ag show an oesco apple washer new they go for $3k-$4k but you might be able to find one used...good luck

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