Apple growers now have a helping hand when monitoring their crops thanks to a new Apple Crop Walkers’ Guide.
The guide, published by the Horticultural Development Company (HDC) in response to growers’ requests, includes pictures of all the commonly found pests and diseases.
Early detection of such problems will help growers to instigate crop protection measures at the optimum time.
The guide, compiled by Michelle Fountain and Robert Saville of East Malling Research, is made with robust and weatherproof materials so it is suitable for staff working out in the field.
Grower Nigel Stewart of Kent-based AC Goatham & Son said: "This will be a really useful tool for us to use to better educate our farm staff about the pests and diseases they need to look out for. I’ve seen many soft fruit growers keeping their guides in farm vehicles for quick reference and I can see us putting the apple guide to the same good use."
The apple guide also includes information on naturally occurring predators and beneficial insects – and is a new addition to a range of other HDC crop walkers’ guides.
Further comprehensive information about apple pests and diseases can be found in the Apple Best Practice Guide on www.hdc.org.uk.