Apple Harvest Meeting – August 26

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Please join us at 5:30 p.m. on August 25, 2021, at Apple Ridge Farm (Wayne Pace’s) for an update on apple production practices. Our team of specialists from NC State University will be on hand to give updates related to preparing your orchard for the best chance of a good crop in 2022 after the challenging season this year. The light crop has implications on tree management and Drs. Sara Villani, Tom Kon, and Jim Walgenbach will be on hand in addition to Ms. Elena Rogers and Mr. Wayne Mitchem.

Following the meeting, we ask you to join us for a sponsored meal at the Dana Community Center just right up the road. Several sponsors have made this meeting possible and most of them will be on hand for brief comments.

Please RSVP at your earliest convenience to Keai or Melena at 828-697-4891 or email Keai at We hope to see you there for this collection of specialists that support the apple industry throughout the year.

Featured Speakers and Topics:

  • Welcome
    Mr. Wayne Pace, Grower; Dr. Terry Kelley, Extension Director, Henderson County
  • Optimizing Bud Density and Fruit Number of Honeycrisp
    Dr. Tom Kon, NC State University Department of Horticultural Science, Mills River, NC
  • Predicting Fruitlet Drop Following a Chemical Thinner Application
    Mr. Jimmy Larson, Ph.D. Candidate, NC State University Department of  Horticultural Science, Mills River, NC
  • Progress with the Attract and Kill Technique with Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
    Dr. Jim Walgenbach, Steve, Jim Schoof and Emily Ogburn
    NC State University Department of Entomology & Plant Pathology, Mills River, NC
  • Game Plans After a Reduced Crop Season: Limiting Inoculum for Next Year
    Dr. Sara Villani, NC State University Department of Entomology & Plant Pathology, Mills River, NC
  • Weed Control Considerations for Fall
    Mr. Wayne Mitchem, NC State University Department of Horticultural Science, Raleigh, NC
  • Food Safety Considerations
    Ms. Elena Rogers, N.C. Cooperative Extension Area Food Safety Specialist, Taylorsville, NC
  • Apple Crop Market Update
    Ms. Michele Roberts, N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Asheville, NC
  • Grower Association Updates
    Mr. Kenny Barnwell (NC Apple Growers) and Mr. Jason Blackwell (BRAG)
  • Wrap-Up
    Dr. Terry Kelley, Extension Director & Tree Fruit Agent, Henderson County

This event qualifies for one hour of ‘X, D, N, and O’ Pesticide Credit.

Sponsored by: Platinum: Coreteva, Morrow Insurance, Kaydan Insurance, Biosafe Systems, Carolina Farm Credit, Lutz Petroleum, Freeman Farm Insurance, BASF Gold: Valent Silver: Helena, Nutrien, H&H Farm Machine Co.