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protect my organic orchard from spray

 
Andy Johnson
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Hi, I have a small 8 acre fledgling blueberry orchard. I have more land but its forest and I eventually want to farm that permaculture style. Right now I just want to run my cash crop (blueberries) organically. My problem is I border another blueberry farm that is full scale commercial. They spray mustang max from planes and I get drift on my side. I know this because I had the unfortunate experience of getting misted unexpectedly when a plane dumped the stuff on it's first pass. I tracked him down and his boss got and angry phone call but long term this will ruin my organic practices. I also keep bees and Mustang Max is a insecticide known to be harmful to bees.

My question is this, can I plant some fast growing pine trees at the boarder to block the in coming mist? I was thinking of eastern white pine since they grow fast. I don't have a ton of room between my blueberries and theirs though. I have maybe 12 ft. I need something tall and thin that grows fast. Pine would be a bonus because I could use the pine needles for some much needed pine mulch.

Also does anyone know of an alternative to mustang max that would control the cherry worm but not kill my bees? Maybe I could get my neighbor to switch if I provide free pollination services. Triple points if you know of something organic that I could use too! It would have to have some commercial history to it. Convincing someone to risk their lively hood on change will take some doing.
 
gary reif
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Could you talk to lawyer and see if you could get a court order to not have any spray drift on your side and if it happens you can sue?
 
Andy Johnson
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I suppose I could but lawyers are expensive and I would probably have to prove some kind of financial damage. That's hard to do when I don't make money yet. They had their farm established many years before I bought my property and I knew they were there before hand. Plus I'd rather not burn my bridges with my neighbors. I am going to see if I can negotiate with them and maybe get them to use something less dangerous to my bees than mustang max. I will probably throw in free pollination services in to the bargain. I use bacillus thuringiensis which is a bacteria that infects the cherry worm and supposedly doesn't harm anything else. It's organic but I don't know if it can be sprayed from a plane and how effective it would be. My bushes are too small to tell. In absence of that I was hoping a treeline might block it from my field and keep my bees out of their theirs.
 
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