Kentucky has approximately 1000 of acres in apple production in the state.  Based on a survey by a University of Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Crops Extension Professor, in recent years yields for semi-dwarf apples have ranged from 250 to 750 bu/A with an average yield of 448 bu/A. He found that dwarf apples yields have ranged from 195 bu/A (in a year with devastating frost) to 825 bu/A with an average of 550 bu/A (data from J. Strang, Univ of KY). Nearly 7 million pounds of apples were harvested in 2008, the most recent year for which data are available (Kentucky Ag Statistics).  Farmers have been steadily earning more per pound of apples produced each year. For example, farmers earned $0.78 per pound in 2008, $0.85 per pound in 2009 and $1.04 per pound in 2011 (J. Strang).  There is a high demand for locally-produced apples in Kentucky which are sold locally to restaurants and directly to consumers at roadside stands, farmer’s markets, and at Kentucky’s more than 25 U-Pick apple orchards. 

                                                                                                               Light Brown Apple Moth

Light Brown Apple Moth

                     Spotted Lanternfly

2020

  • Number of Orchards Surveyed:  11

  • Counties Surveyed:  Caldwell, Christian, Daviess, Greenup, Henderson, Hickman, Larue, Lyon, Nelson, Scott, Trigg

  • Target Pests (Traps Set): Summer Fruit Tortrix, Light Brown Apple Moth, Pear Leaf Blister Moth, European Grapevine Moth, Plum Fruit Moth, False Codling Moth, and European Cherry Fruit Fly (when cherries or honeysuckle were present). 

  • Target Pest (Visual Survey): Spotted Lanternfly.

  • Number of Target Pests Captured:  0

2019

  • Number of Orchards Surveyed:  10

  • Counties Surveyed:  Boone, Caldwell, Christian, Daviess, Greenup, Henderson, Hickman, Larue, Lyon, Trigg

  • Target Pests (Traps Set): Summer Fruit Tortrix, Light Brown Apple Moth, Pear Leaf Blister Moth, European Grapevine Moth, Plum Fruit Moth, Cherry Bark Tortrix, and European Cherry Fruit Fly (when cherries or honeysuckle were present). 

  • Target Pest (Visual Survey): Spotted Lanternfly.

  • Number of Target Pests Captured:  0

2018

  • Number of Orchards Surveyed:  10

  • Counties Surveyed:  Bullitt, Caldwell, Christian, Daviess, Henderson, Hickman, Lyon, Scott, Trigg, Warren

  • Target Pests (Traps Set): Summer Fruit Tortrix, Light Brown Apple Moth, Variegated Golden Tortrix, European Grapevine Moth, Plum Fruit Moth, Cherry Bark Tortrix, and European Cherry Fruit Fly (when cherries or honeysuckle were present)
  • Number of Target Pests Captured:  0

2017

  • Number of Orchards Surveyed:  8

  • Counties Surveyed:  Caldwell, Christian, Daviess, Henderson, Hopkins, Scott, Warren, Woodford

  • Target Pests (Traps Set): Summer Fruit Tortrix, Light Brown Apple Moth, Variegated Golden Tortrix, European Grapevine Moth, Plum Fruit Moth, Cherry Bark Tortrix, and European Cherry Fruite Fly (when cherries or honeysuckle were present)

  • Number of Target Pests Captured:  0

2016

  • Number of Orchards Surveyed:  10

  • Counties Surveyed:  Caldwell, Christian, Daviess, Henderson, Lyon, McCracken, Scott, Union, Warren, Woodford

  • Target Pests (Traps Set): Summer Fruit Tortrix, Light Brown Apple Moth, Variegated Golden Tortrix, European Grapevine Moth, Plum Fruit Moth, and Cherry Bark Tortrix
  • Number of Target Pests Captured:  0

2015

  • Number of Orchards Surveyed:  10

  • Counties Surveyed:  Caldwell, Christian, Crittenden, Daviess, Henderson, McCracken, Scott, Union, Warren, Woodford

  • Target Pests (Traps Set): Summer Fruit Tortrix, Light Brown Apple Moth, Variegated Golden Tortrix, European Grapevine Moth, Plum Fruit Moth, and Cherry Bark Tortrix
  • Number of Target Pests Captured:  0

2014

  • Number of Orchards Surveyed:  6

  • Counties Surveyed:  Caldwell, Crittenden, Daviess, McCracken, Warren

  • Target Pests (Traps Set): Summer Fruit Tortrix, Light Brown Apple Moth, Variegated Golden Tortrix, European Grapevine Moth, Plum Fruit Moth, and Apple Ermine Moth
  • Number of Target Pests Captured:  0

2013

  • Number of Orchards Surveyed:  10

  • Counties Surveyed:  Caldwell, Christian, Crittenden, Daviess, Larue, McCracken, Scott, Warren, Woodford

  • Target Pests (Traps Set): Summer Fruit Tortrix, Light Brown Apple Moth, Variegated Golden Tortrix, European Grapevine Moth, Plum Fruit Moth, and Apple Ermine Moth
  • Number of Target Pests Captured:  0

Apple Orchard Survey 2015

Apple Orchard Survey 2014

Apple Orchard Survey 2013