Sunrise Orchards

Scouting

 You may ask, what does it mean to "follow IPM practices in a strict manner" and what are these "practices and records"?  Sunrise Orchards is scouted, or monitored, by Chris Hodges during the growing season, which extends from mid-April through September.  She records the high and the low temperatures, rainfall, leaf wetness hours and accumulated degree days on a daily basis.  Several times each week she climbs trees across our 180 acres of orchard, sampling buds, blossoms, leaves or apples to check for populations of damaging insects and beneficial predators.

 

Scout's Tool Bag

  • Hand Lens
  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • Insect traps and pheromone tubes
  • Notebook
  • Mosquito netting and bug spray!

 

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