Integrated pest management (IPM) includes the combination of biological, cultural, physical, and chemical tools in efforts to manage diseases and pests while minimizing risks associated with pesticides. Cultural practices are an integral part of an IPM program and should be incorporated into all commercial systems whether large or small, conventional or organic. This publication provides recommended cultural practices at approximate growth stages and/or production periods and serves as a supplement to published spray guides and scouting guides.
Cultural Calendar for Commercial Apple Production (PPFS-FR-T-25) is available online.
For additional publications on fruit diseases and their management, visit the UK Plant Pathology Extension Publications webpage.
Cheryl Kaiser, Extension Plant Pathology Support and Nicole W Gauthier; Extension Plant Pathologist