Strategies for Successful Organic Tree-Fruit Production in Midwest
February 27, 2020  |  10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.  |  La Crosse, Wis.



Peter Werts, IPM Institute of North America
Rami Aburomia, Atoms to Apples



  • Variety selection
  • Nutrient  management
  • In-depth organic pest & disease management for the Midwest



Raising organic tree-fruit is tricky in the Midwest where growers must manage more insects, diseases, and weeds than in arid regions. Timely management and a clear understanding of the pest complex of tree fruit are essential to the success of small and midsize orchards.

Wisconsin apple grower Rami Aburomia, owner of the certified organic farm Atoms to Apples, is a grower-educator with the University of Wisconsin’s Beginning Apple School. Peter Werts of the IPM Institute of North America works with commercial orchards to implement Integrated Pest Management systems and conservation practices.

They’ll share their knowledge of horticultural, nutrient and pest-management practices and explore how different production systems, variety selection, and the local marketplace influence organic-pest management, to help you grow a bountiful crop of organic tree-fruit in the Midwest.


About the Presenters:

Peter Werts
Peter, project manager, IPM Institute of North America has a B.S. in Environmental Studies from Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin. Peter has been working with commercial orchards to implement IPM and conservation practices since 2008. His goal is to help growers of all sizes reach their peak IPM performance. Peter also manages several eco labels for tree-fruit production; AppleTalk, a weekly IPM conference call for IPM. To learn more about the IPM Institute visit,


Rami Aburomia
Rami starting growing apples 15 years ago as a manager of a u-pick operation. That experience formed a base of knowledge about growing apples and running an apple business in Wisconsin. After searching for an appropriate orchard site, he planted an orchard on his own land in 2015 which was certified organic in 2017. Atoms to Apples is 4 acres with over 30 varieties of apples and other tree fruits. Rami has been a board member of the Organic Fruit Growers Association for 6 years. He also is also one of the grower-educators of the UW Beginning Apple School.





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