So this year I'm trying again. Yesterday Jeff Vance helped me collect some scale infested branches. I will be comparing needle shed on these to branches from uninfested trees in the same field. We also collected some heavily infested branches from a second field just to see if they fared worse.
I will be monitoring needle shed on this year and last year's growth. Each branch is in its own water container, with the 3-year-old wood in the water. The study is set up at my house so I can keep an eye on them better. I noticed this morning that they are already taking up water!
Small studies like this allow us to look at this issue with a great deal of detail under controlled conditions. But I'm also very interested in hearing your observations. Are you finding that needles shed worse in scale infested trees? If you have any observations, please let me know. Some questions I would like to ask are these:
- Were the trees heavily or lightly infested?
- Are you selling trees in northern or southern markets?
- Do you see a difference in performance between foliage in wreaths and trees?
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As always, let's learn together as we try to live with this new pest.