New organic restrictions mean challenges for apple growers

For apple growers, there are many diseases that can impact the quality of a crop and the health of an orchard. One of the toughest adversaries of all is a contagious, bacterial pathogen that can wipe out entire orchards in a single season: fire blight. Fire blight is particularly destructive as it can damage trees directly, not just the fruit. The symptom list is long and grim, and includes leaves turning black (pictured), “scorched” appearance, cankers and dark, shriveled fruit. Obviously, growers need access to effective tools to combat this menace, and even organic growers have relied on antibiotic sprays
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