Apple Leaf works closely with both conventional and non-conventional fruit growers to develop scouting, modeling, trapping, and management programs which match growers’ needs and resources.
Typical services include: pest trapping; degree day modeling; sampling, monitoring, and documentation of pest and diseases; grower or region specific action threshold; pesticide or nutrient application recommendations; soil, water, and leaf sampling; soil and water pH/EC tests; and harvest maturity/post harvest testing.
Our use of sampling methods and new technologies provide clear and accurate information to our clients. Our clients use this information to make cost-effective decisions about pest management and crop health which saves them money.
In addition, we also provide the following services: weather monitoring systems; pesticide tracking software; pest forecasting; mapping; and comprehensive organization methods for data collected.
Further, Apple Leaf collaborating with IPM leading University such as Cornell,, UMass, Penn State, U.C. Davis, North America IPM Institute, and Washington State University, and their respective Cooperative Extension offices and research institutions, to name a few., We are able to offer clients granting opportunities, access to new technologies and provide reliable sources of expert information and science.
Whether your organization uses conventional, organic, bio-dynamic, naturally grown, or sustainable agriculture practices, we can tailor our services to meet your ethos and program requirements.
Apple Leaf scouting and monitoring services benefit vegetable growers both by maximizing crop yield and by reducing costly pesticide applications.
One of Apple Leaf's core objectives is to help growers make informed, cost-effective decisions about pest management and crop health by providing quality, unbiased pest and environmental data.
Apple's Leaf's ultimate goal is to assist growers in the process of managing pests and pesticide use in a way that suits each grower's specific needs and resources.
We work closely with growers to develop scouting, monitoring, and documentation programs. In collaboration with leading IPM institutions and Cooperative Extension program, Apple Leaf provides vegetable growers with reliable and thorough monitoring of pest populations and crop health.
Key services include:
- Soil and leaf sampling.
- Scouting and documentation.
- Nutrient mapping.
- pH/EC testing of water and soils.
- Trapping and monitoring.
- Diagnostic measures for disease and viruses.
Whether your greenhouse is large or small and you use conventional or non-conventional growing practices, Apple Leaf's IPM program can enhance your crop development and management.
Apple Leaf works closely with growers to develop scouting and monitoring programs for pest and crop management tailored to our clients production parameters. Our basic IPM program consists of evaluating and documenting pests and crop health, soil and leaf sampling, pH/EC testing, trapping and monitoring strategies, trap cropping, and additional tactics as needed (such as biological controls). Our ultimate goal is to assist growers in the process of managing pests. To this end, we can adapt specific programs to more precisely meet the needs of growers.
Our services are aimed at developing strategies that will further your goals and also enhance and protect natural systems.
As an independent firm, Apple Leaf is closely involved with the changing landscape of agricultural practices. More and more of our vegetable, greenhouse, and fruit growers are moving toward the use of biological, cultural, trap crop, and other innovative methods of pest control, and away from traditional chemical application.
For us, the shift is exciting but it also offers new challenges and possibilities. Our staff works hard to develop technologies which some would consider novel (Eggplant or Nightshade as a trap crop) as well as avenues to further use and enhance ecological systems to work naturally to manage pest populations.
Whether your drive to use your agriculture methods is based on environmental ethos, concerns with human health, or market demands, Apple Leaf can offer expertise on a range of both old and new strategies that have proven to be effective for all growers, not just organic, biodynamic, beyond organic, permaculture, or IPM.
We work closely with leading research institutions, biological control suppliers, Cornell University's Cooperative Extension agents, and other professionals to ensure cost-effective strategies (i.e., North American IPM Institute, UMASS, WSU, BCEP, NOFA-NY, NOFA, NRCS, ICS-International, Food Alliance, Red Tomato, Josephine Porter Institute, Ecovillage at Ithaca, Demeter, etc).
Strategies and Technologies include (but are not limited to):
- Scouting, monitoring, and documentation of pest populations.
- Development of pest trapping systems.
- Computer based pest and disease modeling.
- Soil and water nutrient monitoring and testing.
- Quick delivery of effective, beneficial organisms.
- Tailored trap crop and rotation programs
- Permaculture strategy development and implementation.
- The judicious use of organic chemical applications approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Northeast Organic Farming Association.
Apple Leaf also works with our industry and research contacts to bring our clients into the fold of granting opportunities and new technologies.