do some orchard scouting down the road,” Gheesling said.The Georgia apple harvest lasts from mid-August to early November.”This is a real good year for Georgia apples,” Gheesling said. “Butwe’re light on golden delicious.”Georgia apples are sold mainly as fresh fruit. The state’s crop averages 22 millionpounds each year, with a value of more than $3 million. It’s apple harvest time in north Georgia.In Gilmer County, the heart of Georgia’s apple area, growers got help from localstudents to make this a good, profitable harvest.”We were looking for insects that damage apples,” said Ronnie Gheesling,director of the University of Georgia Extension Service’s Gilmer County office.”We had a flair-up of crop-damaging moths in the past few years,” he said.”We wanted to teach growers how to use traps as indicators and not just spray byguessing.”The major pests were coddling moths, oriental fruit moths, tufted apple bud moths,variegated leaf-roller moths and red-banded leaf-roller moths. The chemicals alone tocontrol these orchard pests can cost a grower up to $20,000 a year.”We’re checking timing to see how the insects go through their life cycles in theorchard,” Gheesling said. “But it changes from year to year.”To help with the project, Gheesling and Dan Horton, an extension entomologist,recruited local students and high school biology teacher Lou Ann Teague. The students monitor the moths with sticky baited traps treated with a pheromone (amating-scent chemical) that attracts the moths. Each week the students check the traps.Finding more than 10 moths per trap indicates a problem in the orchard.When moth numbers peak, the grower has 10 to 14 days to spray and kill the larvae.”As part of the science project, the students began this study of moths in a localorchard,” Gheesling said. “They took care of that orchard. They set traps andread them each week. Then they passed on the information to us.”The growers have loosely monitored their orchards for years. But the students’ projectgives them a system with consistency.”The group’s work was really exceptional,” he said. “It made sciencereal and meaningful for the students while helping growers improve their insectmanagement.”The readings helped give the apple growers a measurable idea of when it’s best to sprayfor the moths, rather than have them depend on educated guesses. That information helpssave time and money.”I think this project may lead some of these students to
Gary Defore, 69, of Wellington died, Monday, August 5, 2013 at his home in Wellington.Graveside Memorial Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Thursday at the Prairie Lawn Cemetery in Wellington. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m., Wednesday, August 7, 2013 with the family receiving friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the Hawks-Shelley Funeral Home & Crematory of Wellington.A memorial has been established with the Avenue of Flags and may be left with the funeral home. For further information or to send a condolence please visit www.hawksfuneralhome.Gary Don Defore was born December 8, 1943 the son of Raymond Fredrick (Jeff) and Glesyner (Bright) Defore in Pleasanton, Kans. He attended high school in Wichita, before serving his country in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War.Gary was united in marriage to Kathlee Welch on February 4, 1966. He built travel trailers, worked for the railroad and spent 20 years in the aircraft industry, retiring as a purchasing agent. Gary enjoyed bowling and playing slots.He is survived by his wife, Kathlee of the home, sons: Jeffery Defore and his wife Karla of Wellington, and John Defore and his wife Amiee of Hiawatha, KS; grandchildren: Curtis Defore, Baxter Defore, Gracie Defore, and Jasmine Defore; and two sisters: Sheila Graham and her husband Allen of Wichita, KS and Russie Saiz and her husband Benny of Vernal, Utah; half-sister, Ramona Burke of Spring Valley, MN; 4 step brothers; Glen Buchanan of Wichita, KS, Ed Buchanan of Spring Valley, MN, Gary Buchanan of Roseberry, OR and David Buchanan of Leon, KS .Gary is preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Darma Trott and a step sister, Donna Buchanan.