Here in Wisconsin, very mixed.
One of the schoolyards in Madison where I bag apples as an orchard volunteer, a great crop of Mount Royal plums and Red Star peaches. I don’t bag the stone fruit, only the apples, so this is an “organic practice”, apart from “on the Q-T” I splashed some iron-sulfate solution on the leaves of the plums and especially of the peach tree that had most of its leaves curl up and whither and then it put energy into putting out new leaves. The stone fruit held up pretty good considering how the plum curculio just tore into the apple stand. There was a minimal amount of brown rot on the plums that I tried to keep up with picking affected plums off the tree and off the ground.
The fruit set was mixed on Enterprise, Crimson Crisp and Liberty Apples, with the Liberty being the heaviest. My and a couple anonymous volunteers bagged several hundred applies in this small “tall spindle” grove (I could tell I had help this year by the different styles of Ziplock bags, but we didn’t meet on account of virus isolation).
The interesting thing is that high-school students were using this elementary school parking lot as a staging area for participating in protests this summer, and working in the orchard I was simply ignored. I live in an area of “affluence and privilege”, and it is amazing that if you are engaged in ag labor (bagging), no one disturbs your work to question in the middle of the protests why an old man is sticking Ziplock bags on a bunch of trees.
The unfortunate thing is that the coddling moth just ravaged that crop, even getting into the bags – I will have to investigate a better technique of sealing the stem closure and also training my fellow volunteers. The left pretty big gaps, but some of my bags got loose around the stem and let the moth in.
Up in Door County between two bodies of water, Green Bay and Lake Michigan, our tart-cherry region had a very thin crop – a big disappointment to the many commercial producers along with the neighbor where we go for pick-your-own. My orchard, however, not the biggest crop of Mt Royal plums we ever had, but I picked about 30 gallons (maybe 200 pounds?) from 3 trees and stuffed two freezer compartments with them. It was a little hard timing the harvest because of the heavy brown rot that claimed about a third of the harvest. Yes, yes, I am spraying these trees, just haven’t found the right spray plan to control this.
Looks to be not an insane bumper crop like 2018, but the Door County apple harvest looks strong, apart from my Honey Gold that is all scabby and with a succession of wet summers, my pruning, spraying and orchard hygiene plan of raking leaves and burying grounder apples just isn’t turning the corner there, either.
Our local University of Wisconsin Extension office, which is staffed by the producer where we pick cherries, was warning people of coddling moth all summer long, but that wasn’t a problem by me. He didn’t think the maggot fly pressure was that high, but the maggot fly was getting past my spray program, especially of the early-season Duchess of Oldenburg apples.
I worry about next season because the carbaryl, and old standby of insect control, is removed from Sevin and replaced by some sort of pyrethroid agent, and Ortho Flower Fruit and Vegetable Insect Killer Concentrate, my source of the neo-nicotinoid Acetamiprid has been pulled from the market and the stocks of this have run out.
I read the label on New Sevin, claiming effectiveness against Curculio, Moth and Apple Fly. It isn’t “curative” in the way the neo-nicotinoids or Imidan is, but the label says it has “residual activity” for 4 weeks. On my hobby orchard, I can’t be spraying every week.
Maybe the powers that be who decide on what sort of fruit tree-labeled insecticides home gardeners are allowed to use deemed to let us pome-fruit peons something that is safe and effective? I do worry about the mite flareup potential and have been warned away from relying on pyrethroid-family because they are as broad-spectrum as the label brags about?.