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Can Willow Control Scab in Apples?
April 25, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 3:00 pmFree
Are You Worried About Controlling Scab in Your Orchard?
There may be some help available from an unlikely source.
Dr Glynn Percival’s research showed that single species willow woodchip applied around the base of the tree had some effect on scab levels. According to Dr Percival. “Willow contains salicylic acid which is just one compound that can switch on the tree’s defence systems.”
We’ll hear more from Dr Percival at this event as well as other speakers and design a field lab with interested growers to test his research findings further.
This is a field lab is supported by AHDB and aimed at growers who are interested in trialling willow woodchip on their orchards. However, it will also be of interest to advisors. This field lab is also a part of Innovative Farmers. This meeting is free to attend but advanced booking is essential.
10.30 Arrival and coffee
11.00 Introductions including AHDB, Innovative Farmers and delegates
11.30 What is scab and how does it affect trees?
12.00 Practicalities of harvesting and spreading woodchip
13.30 Can willow woodchip reduce scab in orchards?
14.00 Setting up a field lab to trial using willow woodchip in practice
Journal of Environmental Horticulture reports
Effect of single species woodchip mulches
Innovative Farmers is a not for profit network giving farmers research support and funding on their own terms. Through trialling, testing and hands-on research, we’re helping farmers find lasting solutions to practical problems.
The network is part of the Duchy Future Farming Programme, funded by the Prince of Wales’s Charitable Foundation. Innovative Farmers is backed by a team from LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming), Innovation for Agriculture, the Organic Research Centre and the Soil Association, and supported by Waitrose.