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Interesting article in the paper tonight.
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BOSS    Posted 01-16-2003 at 16:29:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
There was an article about this yuppie family that bought an 80 acre apple orchard out in the country, with no plans to harvest the apples, well it has been overgrowing and not harvested for a few years now. Well, the Michigan Dept of Agriculture wrote them a letter that said they have to either cut down all the trees OR spray them with pesticides. The yuppies are having a fit, they can't understand why it is their problem. The neighbor has a huge orchard butting up to it and the insects and diseases are affecting his trees.
Now the yuppies are saying there is no proof, the Mich. Dept. or Agriculture had no right to come on their property to test the trees, and they are taking the angle that the old orchard is a safe haven for many endangered animals and other animals and their families, and the pesticides would kill them. and cutting down the trees would ruin the homes of the animals.
The apple farmer has lost about 70% of the apples on that side of his orchard from disease and insects.
The Mi.Dept. of Agr. said they are getting more and more complaints like this one.

I am siding with the farmer on this one.

Joe    Posted 01-19-2003 at 14:30:16       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Sounds like loggerheads to me, bet there is more to the story...

screaminghollow    Posted 01-17-2003 at 22:19:14       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I agree that if the yups are maintaining a nuisance they ought to be subject to cleaning it up. BUT, how do folks grow Organic apples for market? Do they all create the same problems. If the guy next door is spraying, how are his fruit being affected. I find this interesting since my neighbor just planted a row of flowering Bradford pear trees along my cow pasture fence. Everything I'm told is that the leaves are poisonous to livestock. Of course these trees are only four feet west from my fence and the prevailing winds would carry the leaves into my pasture. I've already warned her that I will cut every limb, branch or twig that extends into my airspace, as well as every root that seeps across the boundary line.

Okie-Dokie    Posted 01-17-2003 at 09:12:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sorry. I side with the townies on this. They earned the money to buy the place,they own it, and I sure wouldn't want any one telling them how to maintain it. Looks like big brother has stepped over the fence line again to me. Let the neighboring farmer tend his own trees and leave the other guy alone.

BOSS    Posted 01-17-2003 at 16:03:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
As I have read more of the story, and learned alittle more about it, I think I am with you.

I love changing my mind. I can do that you know.

Cindi    Posted 01-16-2003 at 16:51:59       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I don't understand this. We have a twelve acre orange grove, it does not butt up to any other grove, but we're thinking along the same lines as the yuppies. We will probably eventually phase out the grove, not maintaining it per say, only letting the goats run in it to help control weeds and also do a little fertilizing. Many other people out here have hundreds of acres of orange trees and have very serious pest/weed control programs. If this neighboring farmer is maintaining his orchard regularly with a pesticide program, herbicide program, why is this not sufficient to protect his trees. What if it was a stand of woods that butted up to his property, what would he do then?

Les...fortunate    Posted 01-16-2003 at 16:38:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
I think it's a pretty safe bet that wild trees, or in this case neglected "tame" ones, in the vicinity of a commercial orchard would be a very productive source of pests and diseases.

Salmoneye    Posted 01-16-2003 at 16:31:11       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Me too...

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