CROP UPDATE: Helping growers raise great-tasting fruit

Posted: Feb. 14, 2013 11:13 am Updated: Mar. 14, 2013 3:15 pm


Everybody loves a just-picked apple, nice and crisp and flavorful. Home grown peaches are even better, when you take the first big bite and the whole front of your shirt is wet with the sweetest juice. These have to be just-picked to get that kind of flavor and taste. You just can't get the same flavor with purchased and shipped produce.

To help you achieve some of this great-tasting fruit, we've scheduled our tree fruit and pumpkin school for Friday, Feb. 22 at the University of Illinois Extension office in Quincy. Speakers will focus on pest control products and how to use them effectively, important apple diseases, disease management in pumpkins, identification and control of major tree fruit and vegetable insects and a discussion of pumpkin and gourd varieties.

The program begins at 9 a.m. and concludes at 2 p.m. Cost is $10 per person, which includes lunch and handouts.

We're also offering a tree fruit and bramble pruning workshop on Saturday, March 9, from 10 a.m. to noon. We'll start at Edgewood Orchards to learn about apple, peach, plum and pear pruning. From there we'll travel to John Wood Community College at 1301 S. 48th to demonstrate pruning of brambles. To reach Edgewood Orchards, take the Columbus Road exit off of Ill. 336, go east about one-half mile, then follow the signs.

Register for either of these programs online at to help us plan for handouts and meals.