Juneau county reports
Painting the trunks is supposed to help protect the trunk from sun-scald (or southwest injury) during the winter time when the temps rise (sap runs) and then freezes at night and splits the trunk.
Also helps to identify if borers are getting into the trunks.
Here's a link to a chart for apple disease resistance. I base most of my plantings on DR, cold hardiness, and drop time.
Looking at Wallace's apple list, I'd plant the following:
Liberty, Freedom, Enterprise, Haralson, Honeycrisp, and Sweet 16 (great flavor!). I've got all but the Haralson from other sources.
Also don't be afraid to plant crabapples. Some get almost 2" and are even edible and taste great.
From their list, I'd plant the following.
Centennial, Chestnut, Dolgo, & Whitney. I've planted all but the Whitney from other sources.
Good luck with your planting! It's addictive for sure.
Thanks for the good info!! I'm just north of Necedah. The place in Neillsville seems to do a good job with recommending what to plant in the area. I guess we'll see what mother nature has in store for me. I just love the work that goes into the hunt. Managing the land by doing some tree cutting, food plots, apple trees. It makes it pretty cool when the deer show up on camera and I get an opportunity at one.
Thanks for the spraying tip! I wasn't sure what to do there.
My advice for as maintenance-free as possible apple trees is to plant disease resistant varieties. The three major ones are Liberty, Freedom, and Enterprise. There are others that have resistance to some things but not everything. Those three are pretty bullet proof.
The 2nd issue is cold hardiness. Those trees should be good to zone 4. Iffy for zone 3. Not sure what zone you'll be planting them in.
As for spraying, I just use the simple Bonide fruit tree spray after bloom when I see insects. Being that most of the trees I've planted have some sort of disease resistance, my main issue is insects. Bonide or Sevin are my go to sprays. There are more expensive sprays but I don't bother. These are for the deer. And were quite tasty this September/October when I picked a few for myself.
The main diseases to look for resistance to are Apple Scab, Fireblight, and Cedar-Apple Rust. I look for a tree to at least have resistance to Fireblight as that crap seems like a pain to deal with. CAR and Scab are more cosmetic.
Protecting them from deer browsing and mice/vole girdling are also a top priority. 5' or 6' fencing and aluminum window screen around the bottom of the trunks is a good way to do that.
Window screen isn't attached in the pic because I was painting the trunks but you can see what I'm talking about at least.
You definitely know the deer I'm talking about then!! I'm the black suburban parked on 3rd!! As far as I know he is still there! Will be after his sheds and he is not the only big one he is just the biggest if we're talking the same deer!! PM me if your interested in comparing notes!! He was back Thursday night so he was alive as of 9:30pm Thursday night!! I passed 7 bucks with bow holding out for the big one on our private and never even hunted that big one until gun!! Both survived to my knowledge!! I hope at least one of them give me a chance next year! The big private one came within 10 yards of me October 28th but he held off long enough to give not enough light to not line up with my peep and pins!! So I kind of regret not moving around more this year! It's so easy to burn out a spot when u get so close to the big boy! You just keep thinking he's going to come back and he never did!! Had great rut action on a new planting from the baraboo coop!!Autumn Mixture with beats radishes rape winter wheat!! They almost whipped it out this year Already!! Not much left so have to make it a little bigger next year!! We had a apple tree from the 90's produce a great crop for the first time ever! Well over 50 apples! I like that mixture your talking about! Will definitely be looking into that! Have over 10 already but not much fruit yet but they will hopefully start any year now!! Thanks for the apple tree idea-connection!! Casey