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SCAFFOLDS Fruit Journal, Geneva, NY                Volume 4 Update on Pest
Management and Crop Development    July 10, 1995 


                                                     43F       50F
Current DD accumulations (Geneva 1/1-7/10):         1642      1142
                       (Highland 3/1-7/10):         1763      1146

Coming Events:                              Ranges:
Peachtree borer flight peak                     869-2241    506-1494
Obliquebanded leafroller summer larvae hatch   1076-1513    630-980
Lesser peachtree borer flight peak             1099-2330    667-1526
Spotted tentiform leafminer 2nd flight peak    1295-1979    854-1355
Codling moth 2nd flight begins                 1417-2302    999-1549
San Jose scale 2nd flight begins               1449-1975    893-1407
Redbanded leafroller 2nd flight peak           1479-2443    952-1698
STLM 2nd generation tissue feeders present     1504-2086    952-1201
Dogwood borer flight peak                      1551-1952    986-1306
Apple maggot 1st oviposition                   1566-1724   1001-1232
Oriental fruit moth 2nd flight peak            1612-2908   1062-2066
Comstock mealybug 1st flight subsides          1844-2245   1241-1450

TRAP CATCHES (Number/trap/day)
                                  6/26   6/29    7/3    7/6   7/10
Redbanded Leafroller                 0      0      0    0.3    0.1
Spotted Tentiform Leafminer       49.3   67.5    104    279    261
Oriental Fruit Moth (apple)        8.1   20.8   14.9    4.0    3.4
Lesser Appleworm                   6.3   17.7   11.5    1.2    6.1
Codling Moth                       1.1    4.5    1.9    5.8    3.5
San Jose Scale                       0      -      0    0.2    0.3
American Plum Borer (cherry)       0.1      0      0    0.5    1.5
Lesser Peachtree Borer (peach)     1.6    0.8    3.4    4.3    1.1
Lesser Peachtree Borer (cherry)    3.1    3.3    2.1    3.8    1.5
Peachtree Borer                    2.5    0.7    1.1    3.0    0.8
Obliquebanded Leafroller           1.1    0.7      0      0      0
Pandemis Leafroller                  0    0.2    0.1      0      0
Apple Maggot                       0.3*   0.2    0.2    0.4      0

Highland (Dick Straub, Peter Jentsch)
                                  6/12   6/19   6/26    7/3   7/10
Redbanded Leafroller                 0      0      0      0    1.6
Spotted Tentiform Leafminer        2.9    9.1    9.2    2.6   24.9
Oriental Fruit Moth                1.4      0    0.4    0.6    1.4
Fruittree Leafroller               0.3      0    0.2    0.3      0
Codling Moth                       3.5    1.1    8.6    0.8    0.4
Lesser Appleworm                     0      0      0      0      0
Sparganothis Fruitworm             1.1    3.0    2.4    3.8    1.1
Tufted Apple Budmoth               1.0    1.6    1.3    2.8    0.1
Variegated Leafroller              0.5*   0.6    4.9      -      0
Obliquebanded Leafroller           0.8*   1.6    5.9    7.2    0.9
Apple Maggot                         -      -      -      0      0
                                                       * = 1st catch

   Obliquebanded Leafroller DD (base 43) since 1st catch (on 6/12) = 
     = 731.  We are in the middle of the sampling period for terminal 
   Spotted Tentiform Leafminer DD (base 43) since 1st catch (on 6/19)
     = 623.  Sampling for sapfeeding mines should commence at 690 DD.
   Obliquebanded Leafroller catch at peak.  DD (base 43) since 1st 
     catch = 763.  We are in the middle of the sampling period for 
     terminal infestations.
   Spotted Tentiform Leafminer 2nd flight began, 6/12.  DD (base 43) 
     since 1st catch = 763.  Sampling for sapfeeding mines should 
     commence at this time.


By:(Art Agnello, Entomology, Geneva)


Before and during apple harvest the past couple of years, a number of growers and fieldmen have been finding neat little (2 mm) holes bored into the side of their fruit, similar in appearance to those caused by a stem puncture. Although some graders are inclined to attribute this damage to apple maggot, cutting open these apples reveals a bright green worm, not feeding but lying inactive, in the burrow extending in from each hole. These are larvae of the dock sawfly, Ametastegia glabrata, a highly sporadic but nonetheless well documented apple pest that has been known to show up in our area since 1908.

Dock sawfly probably confines its feeding almost entirely to plants belonging to the buckwheat family (Polygonaceae), including numerous docks and sorrels, the knotweeds and bindweeds, or else wild buckwheat or alfalfa. In feeding on any of these plants, the larvae devour the leaf tissue and the smaller veins, eating out irregular holes in the leaves. Ordinarily, the midribs and the larger veins are untouched. This insect should not be confused with the related European apple sawfly, Hoplocampa testudinea, which has a whitish larva that lives and feeds in young apples, particularly prevalent in the eastern apple regions of N.Y.

Injury to apples by the dock sawfly is known to occur only in the late summer and early fall, when the fruit is approaching maturity and the sawfly is searching for an overwintering site. The greater hardness of immature apples probably deters the larvae from burrowing into them, so although 4 generations per year have been identified, only the last is of concern to apple growers. The injury to apples consists externally of the small round holes bored by the larvae, which after a few days show a slightly sunken, brownish ring around them and occasionally may be surrounded by a larger discolored halo. These holes may occur anywhere on the surface, but are most numerous around the calyx and stem ends, or at a point where the apple touches a leaf or another apple, since it is easier for the larva to obtain a foothold here. Inside, the injury is usually more serious, since the larva often burrows to the core and usually hollows out a pupal cell somewhat larger than itself. Apples may have three or four, or sometimes even eight, holes in them of varying depths, but contain only one or two worms.

Since the dock sawfly does not feed upon any part of the apple tree, but must live on the above-mentioned succulent weeds, it becomes an apple pest only where these plants are growing in or around the orchard. There is little danger from this insect in clean orchards or where the food plants don't exist. The possibility of the larvae coming into the orchard from neighboring meadows, ditch banks, or roadsides is slight, for the larvae are incapable of finding their way over any extent of bare soil. The adults, though active, are not strong fliers, and it is not possible for the insect to travel far in this stage. Now would be a good time to assess the weed situation in your orchard and make plans for such selective herbicide applications as may be appropriate regarding this insect. Even though common wisdom says this sawfly is a pest only every 12 years or so, this is only an average estimation, and it's not a bad idea to anticipate the unexpected in a season as atypical as this one has been.

(Information adapted from Newcomer, E. J. 1916. The dock false-worm: An apple pest. USDA Bull. 265, 40 pp.)


This perennial pest overwinters as a partially grown grub in the soil below the frost line. In the spring the grub resumes feeding, primarily on the roots of grasses, and then pupates near the soil surface. Adults begin to emerge during the first week of July in upstate N.Y., and if you have looked at any roses lately, you know that they are right on schedule this year. The adults fly to any of 300 species of trees and shrubs to feed; upon emergence, they usually feed on the foliage and flowers of low-growing plants such as roses, grapes, and shrubs, and later on tree foliage. On tree leaves, beetles devour the tissue between the veins, leaving a lacelike skeleton. Severely injured leaves turn brown and often drop. Adults are most active during the warmest parts of the day and prefer to feed on plants that are fully exposed to the sun.

Although damage to peaches is most commonly noted in our area, the fruits of apple, cherry, peach and plum trees may also be attacked. Fruits that mature before the beetles are abundant, such as cherries, may escape injury. Ripening or diseased fruit is particularly attractive to the beetles. Pheromone traps are available and can be hung in the orchard in early July to detect the beetles' presence; these products are generally not effective at trapping out the beetles. Fruit and foliage may be protected from damage by spraying an insecticide such as Sevin or Penncap-M when the first beetles appear.

(Information adapted from: Johnson, W.T. & H.H. Lyon. 1988. Insects that feed on trees and shrubs. Cornell Univ. Press.; and Howitt, A.H. 1993. Common tree fruit pests. Mich. State. Univ. Ext. NCR 63.)


The developmental model for 2nd generation codling moth larvae predicts that a control spray should be applied in problem orchards 1260 DD (base 50F) after the start of the FIRST flight (5/17 in Geneva, 5/15 in the Hudson Valley). As of today, 7/10, 927 DD have accumulated in Geneva and 1053 at Highland. Keep your eye on the thermometer so that you will be timely with any OP applications you should decide to make.


By:Dave Rosenberger, Plant Pathology, Highland


The unusually dry season we are having throughout much of eastern New York has resulted in relatively little apple scab or cedar rust. Powdery mildew, however, thrives on dry weather. The fungi causing most fruit diseases can infect plants only when the fruit and foliage are wet, but powdery mildew spores do not require rains or dews to germinate. Mildew spores can germinate on leaf surfaces anytime that relative humidity is above 70% and temperatures are above 50F. However, newly developing apple leaves are susceptible to infection for only a few days after they unfold.

Primary mildew infections develop from buds in which the mildew fungus overwintered. On shoots with primary infections, the fungus grows with the developing shoot and most leaves are completely covered with the powdery white fungus. Spores from these primary infections are blown to other leaves and cause the secondary infections that are most evident this time of year. Most secondary infections appear as white spots affecting portions of scattered leaves on the trees.

Trees that did not receive adequate mildewcide sprays earlier in the season may have many infected leaves at this time of year. With a few exceptions, however, mildewcide applications are NOT recommended at this time. Apple fruit are susceptible to mildew infection only for a short period around the pink-bud stage, so fruit are no longer at risk. With the dry weather, most trees have already stopped growing or will stop growing very soon. Thus, most trees no longer have any susceptible tissue (new leaves) for mildew to infect. Mildewcides applied now might kill some of the fungus in infections on the older leaves, but the damage to these leaves has already been done. No fungicide will return the infected leaves to a completely green and healthy condition. Applying mildewcides to mature trees that have set terminal buds is a practice that falls into a category that Entomologist Rick Weires used to call "revenge spraying". Revenge spraying has no biological or economic justification, but it may help a grower feel he is "getting even" with the bug or fungus that damaged his trees. In today's economic climate, no one can afford revenge sprays. Therefore, mildewcides are best left in the spray shed and applied next spring when they will be needed to control the disease for the 1996 season.

Dr. Lorraine Berkett (now in Vermont) and Dr. Ken Hickey (Biglerville, PA) did extensive studies of powdery mildew spray timing with Bayleton on Rome Beauty in the early 1980's. They showed that the greatest benefit from the mildewcide occurred when sprays were applied at bloom, petal fall, and first and second cover. Adding sprays after second cover did not improve disease control. Although Berkett and Hickey did all of their work with Bayleton, Rubigan and Nova would work the same way.

Mildewcides may be needed during July (and perhaps even August) only on young trees that continue terminal growth until late in the summer. Young trees of mildew-susceptible cultivars should be protected through summer to encourage maximum extension growth of the terminals. Careful attention should be given to protecting young trees of mildew susceptible cultivars such as Ginger Gold, Cortland, Rome, Paulared, and Idared.

Occasionally in dry years, mature trees will develop late-season growth when late-summer rains restore soil moisture. These late "breaks" of shoots that had already formed terminal buds are especially susceptible to mildew. However, in most cases, I do not believe that the costs of a Rubigan, Nova, or Bayleton spray is justified just to protect these late shoots. Depending on the cultivar, such applications may also be prohibited because of the preharvest interval required for these fungicides. Benlate or Topsin-M applied in August sprays to control sooty blotch and flyspeck may help to control powdery mildew on late terminal breaks and would be the only recommended mildewcides to apply to mature trees in August. The effectiveness of Benlate and Topsin-M may be compromised in some orchards because of the presence of fungicide-resistant strains of the fungus.

Scaffolds is published weekly from March to September by Cornell University -- NYS Agricultural Experiment Station (Geneva), and Ithaca -- with the assistance of Cornell Cooperative Extension. New York field reports welcomed. Send submissions by 3 p.m. Monday to:

Scaffolds Fruit Journal
Editors: A. Agnello, D. Kain
Dept. of Entomology, NYSAES
Geneva, NY 14456-0462
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