This time of year the Stevens variety is for the most part at peak bloom and the early varieties are seeing pinheads starting to form. Most growers have already put on a second shot of fungicide on this year’s crop. The weather has a lot to do with the decision making when it comes time to apply our fungicide. Some growers feel that it can be too “hot” to apply anything and are forced to either do a night application or early morning. Also, now that we are seeing some fruit appear we need to get a game plan for our fertilizer. Soil samples are one of our tools that we have to help us determine how we are doing overall and what is actually available in the soil.
How much nitrogen and when to apply it is different for every marsh. You can easily get lost and overthink things but keep in mind that cranberries grow on their own and we are only here to help it along where we can. The bees are going to be here for just a little bit longer. The days of high heat have really pushed the flowers along fast. We just need to be patient with mother nature and realize we can only control what we can control. Stay safe everybody!This article was posted in Cranberry and tagged Cranberries, grower update.