Disappearing moths

William Hebditch - July 2nd, 2018.

This is the weather we need for cherries. Dry. Just a pity the weather wasn’t better during pollination as we have quite a small crop. The order of ripening of the various varieties seems to be a little wonky, particularly Kordia and Summersun.  It’s making our life trying to provide a regular cherry supply a bit difficult, we could do with something ripening in the next few days.  Next week we should be back on song.

Meanwhile the raspberries are really lovely. I always stick a load in the freezer, in their punnets, and then have them with my breakfast cereal through the year.Gooseberries are all but done and dusted, so if you want some, come quick!

Next week the Ribena blackcurrant harvest will get underway. Last year we had a big problem with caterpillars getting into the bins of fruit. When you put a harvester into the crop, we catch all sorts, insects, wasp nests and one of our neighbours even picked a grass snake! Our caterpillars were Light Brown apple moth, a fairly recent introduction to this country. Our bushes were diggered with them. I’ve had pheromone traps out for them in the plums and cherries and they generally get controlled by Codling moth or Plum Fruit moth sprays, so I’m generally not too bothered about them. After last years outbreak I’ve been assiduously trapping the blighters, and, guess what, hardly caught a single moth. Actually 4 in 2 months in 4 traps. Then it was suggested that perhaps they weren’t LBAM but Carnation tortrix moths, so I go out and buy traps for them as well. Not a single moth…So the million dollar question is why has the population crashed so drastically? Answers on a postcard, please.

Meanwhile, fingers crossed the weather stays fine. Harvesting is so much better in the dry.

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