am intrigued to hear a testimonial about compost tea from someone who I believe is level-headed and will consider this.....
anthracnose has been a problem endemic to the Pacific Northwest....and has been particularly bad the further north you go....Vancouver, Canada has really been plagued by it......and the Mt. Vernon research center in northern (and western) Washington had a particularly virulent strain hit some of the trees recently....to the point they were considering getting rid of some of the trees at that research center and just starting over.
Raintree nursery used to sell (and I think still does) a video about anthracnose...... http://www.raintreenursery.com/Control- ... e-DVD.html
Seattle has had more anthracnose lately as the particularly wet Fall weather we had in 2010 has not been helpful.....in fact, it seems like we have been above average in rain the past few years at times that are conducive to more problems on the fruit trees in general. http://gardening.wsu.edu/library/tree001/tree001.htm
It is good when you can cut out the cankered branches at appropriate spots. At the historic Piper's orchard in Seattle, though, if we cut out every bit of anthracnose we might not have much of an orchard left as anthracnose is common in many of these old trees......so it is a judgment call.
Let's hope and pray this Spring and Fall are a bit drier and sunnier ! ! At least it would be nice to not have so much of the fungal diseases like anthracnose and apple scab, etc., etc.