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

2013 was the first year of the Apple Orchard Survey in Kentucky.  We surveyed 10 orchards across the state.  We designed a trapping program to survey for the following pests:  Summer Fruit Tortrix, Light Brown Apple Moth, Variegated Golden Tortrix, European Grapevine Moth, Plum Fruit Moth, and Apple Ermine Moth.  In 2014, we surveyed for the same moths in 6 orchards and in 2015 and 2016 we surveyed 10 orchards for the same moths except that we replaced Apple Ermine Moth with Cherry Bark Tortrix.

Summer Fruit Tortrix

Summer Fruit Tortrix

Plum Fruit Moth

Plum Fruit Moth

2013

  • Number of Orchards Surveyed:  10

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

  • Number of Target Moth Pests Captured:  0

2014

  • Number of Orchards Surveyed:  6

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

  • Number of Target Moth Pests Captured:  0

2015

  • Number of Orchards Surveyed:  10

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

  • Number of Target Moth Pests Captured:  0

2016

  • Number of Orchards Surveyed:  10

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

  • Number of Target Moth Pests Captured:  0

 

Apple Orchard Survey 2013

Apple Orchard Survey 2014

Apple Orchard Survey 2015