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what does it mean that my apple trees aborted (some of) its fruit?

 
Will Holland
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The apples are about the size of a quarter now, and a good many of them have dropped off the tree. Is that normal? My chickens seem to have no interest in eating the fruit drops though
 
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The call it "June drop." Means you have less hand-thinning to do. Right on time.
 
Will Holland
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Great! Should I clean them up though?
 
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Yes, to break codling moth reproductive cycle. Check for codling moth "stings." (good picture on link).
You may want to thin more yet, depending on how good a fruit set you had.

We are not having that problem after our drop below 20 degF this spring.
 
Will Holland
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Oh yeah, pretty sure most/all of my fruits have that sting mark.
 
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