We often are asked, “are we organic?” The answer is no, we are not certified organic. But our orchard follows *IPM–Integrated Pest Management Program–monitoring/trapping/identifying/researching–seeking the most effective and environmentally friendly control methods we can find and afford.
IPM (Definition): PM is an ecosystem-based strategy that focuses on long-term prevention of pests or their damage through a combination of techniques such as biological control, habitat manipulation, modification of cultural practices, and use of resistant varieties. Pesticides are used only after monitoring indicates they are needed according to established guidelines, and treatments are made with the goal of removing only the target organism. Pest control materials are selected and applied in a manner that minimizes risks to human health, beneficial and nontarget organisms, and the environment. (more info)
We collect several types of data, e.g. High & Low Temperatures, Degree Day Accumulations, from our Weather Monitor. We also trap for chronic insect pests, as well as scout the trees for evidence of damage. We use these pieces of information to decide if and when we need to spray for control. We strive to be easier on the beneficial animals, plants, and environment, while still producing wonderful fruit for us all.
We regularly attend WAGA (Wisconsin Apple Growers Association) educational seminars and our local Eco-Apple Network meetings to keep up to date on the latest IPM research, growing information, to learn more about IPM scouting, and decision making.
All of these practices have been continued on with Ronnie Appleseed and Matt as they have taken over caring for Class Apple, they use the same systems for their own tree’s over at AVEnue Orchard.
If you would like more info or have questions please feel free to contact us here or on our Facebook Page. We would be glad to chat with you!