2014 is the last season in which organic apple and pear growers can use antibiotics to control fire blight. Now is the time to look at non-antibiotic controls, for which there has been significant progress in the past few years.
New resources are available to help organic producers make a plan for combatting fire blight. Download the Alternative Controls for Fire Blight 2014 Update.
Some additional promising materials are being researched and will become available in the next few years; meanwhile, growers need to start learning to work with the products and techniques available now in order to remain certified organic without relying on antibiotics in the future.