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organic management survey

Posted by Michael Phillips 
organic management survey
March 28, 2019 10:14AM
A collaboration of researchers from Cornell, Rodale Institute, University of Vermont, and University of Minnesota are putting together a proposal for a federal research grant on organic apple production in the eastern US. These folks have put together a survey to better understand major disease and pest issues under different management practices for different varieties. The data collected will help determine the specifics of the research proposal to be funded by the USDA. Responses will remain anonymous -- growers will not be identified by name or operation in any publications or presentations.

The survey is short and a good thing for community orchardists to do:
https://cornell.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eG2TiXbVrDnfsB7

I talked with Awais Khan at Cornell to see what worthwhile depths might be pursued in this research. The primary disease vectors to be examined will be apple scab and fire blight. Perhaps use of organic mineral fungicides might be compared to holistic methods if enough of us call for that kind of insight. What was particularly intriguing was the notion that nearly twenty genes have been identified within cultivars that contribute to innate resistance. That these genes in turn do not work in every bioregion, for as we know, different strains of the pathogens are at play in different places as well. Awais sounded jazzed about identifying which cultivars and rootstocks work best in particular bioregions. I'm on board for learning more about that.

Lost Nation Orchard
Zone 4b in New Hampshire



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/28/2019 10:17AM by Michael Phillips.
Re: organic management survey
March 30, 2019 08:25PM
Cool!

Earthworks
Zone 7a in West-Central MD
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