A Profile of Commercial Apple Production in Kentucky 2017
Apple production in Kentucky is small, from less than 1 acre to just over 40 acres, yet profitable. Cash value of Kentucky apple production is valued at $24.4 million to $40.6 million per year. Apple orchards are distributed throughout Kentucky, and play an important role in providing access to local foods.
However, apple growers face a number of challenges such as diseases, insects, weeds, wildlife, and abiotic factors. In order to combat these issues, producers utilize a range of practices, tools, and technologies to protect yield.
The document A Profile of Commercial Apple Production in Kentucky 2017 (Link) (Figure 1) provides an overview of apple production in the Commonwealth, as well as common pathogens and pests and their management. Information on production areas, grower practices, and pests of concern are also included (Figure 2).
For additional publications on apple production practices and plant diseases, visit the UK Plant Pathology Extension Publications webpage.
By Kim Leonberger, Plant Pathology Extension Associate and Nicole Ward Gauthier, Extension Plant Pathologist