Apple scab -venturia inaequalis- is a serious endemic disease of apples which attacks both leaves and the fruit. The fungal disease forms pale yellow or olive green spots on the upper surface of the leaves. Scabby spots on the fruit are sunken and tan coloured, and may have velvety spores in the centre.
In early August, the first estimate for the Washington apple crop predicted a crop volume of 134 million boxes (40 lb.), on par with the previous season of 133 million boxes. Since the time of the initial estimate, extreme windstorms, wildfires on the West Coast, and more accurate reporting of crop load on the trees as harvest progressed, suggest a lighter total crop volume for the 2020-21 apple harvest.
The British Columbia Fruit Growers’ Association is once again appealing to locals to consider picking fruit as temporary employment. A similar plea was made earlier in the season, just before the cherry harvest. The plea is deemed necessary in the wake of a severe labour shortage of foreign workers.
Irish apple growers say that the recent stormy weather is to have a serious impact on their crop yield this year. Two storms in as many weeks recently have seriously affected orchards across the country and growers now say that over 30% of this year's apple crop has been lost due to weather conditions.
Experts say that climate change could reduce apple production in India by affecting the winter chill period necessary for the plants. According to a study, they fear that even methods of geoengineering would have a limited effect on its output. The research was conducted by the US National Science Foundation (NSF); it assessed the impact of climate change on the production of the deciduous fruit in Himachal Pradesh, the second-largest apple-producing state in India.
Climate change is posing an existential threat to the precarious lives of farmers across the country. More intense and frequent weather disasters are wiping out entire harvests, and warmer winters are exposing crops to severe frost damage. For apples, a warm spell in the winter will force trees to flower prematurely and expose the buds to unpredictable winter frosts, hail and other extreme weather.
In the night of the 13th of October, a full moon shone its light on the Münch organic farm, located in the heart of the Altes Land. That very fact resulted in a flurry of activity. As every year, the full-moon apples of the Jonagored variety were picked that night. For the most part, the coveted fruits are sold to main customer Tegut and they are already available in the stores.
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