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This series of fact sheets will help you address the major apple pests

Apple IPM for Beginners

A guide for new apple growers to protect apple orchards from pests, in fact sheet format.


This series of fact sheets [.pdfs] will help you address the major apple pests, but does not guarantee perfect fruit. These fact sheets and scouting guides are a compromise between the most accurate, complex information researchers have to offer and the amount of information a beginner can take in.

Read the first four chapters carefully to start this new venture. Then follow the Scouting Calendar as apple stage of growth advances week-by-week.

Download the entire Guide [3.2 MB .pdf]

Download the sections of the Guide individually:

This content was curated by Deborah I. Breth, Cornell Cooperative Extension Lake Ontario Fruit Program


  • Molly Shaw, formerly of Tioga County Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • Michael Fargione, formerly of Ulster County Cornell Cooperative Extension
  • Richard Reisinger, Reisinger’s Apple Country LLC, Watkins Glen, NY
  • James Eve, Eve Farm Services, Naples, NY
  • Stephen A. Hoying, Cornell University Department of Horticulture
  • Peter Jentsch, Cornell University Hudson Valley Laboratory
  • Elizabeth Tee, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Lake Ontario Fruit Program

Produced by the Cornell Cooperative Extension Lake Ontario Fruit Program. This work was supported in part by Smith Lever funds allocated by Cornell Cooperative Extension. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the USDA.

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Last updated July 26, 2019