Things can change in a hurry.
Mrs ERJ's sister and her husband had some recent health issues. For the sake of privacy and simplicity, both have vertigo and need somebody to assist them, do the laundry and shopping and such.
So, as soon as Mrs ERJ is cleared from Kubota's Covid-induced isolation, she will be winging off to an un-named state for a month.
Kubota was sure he was cured. He got nose-swabbed again Friday and ...... NOPE. Still has it.
I get my second Moderna shot Tuesday and don't expect to be worth much on Wednesday.
Grafting schedule is light this year. I am doing some small, fussy things but nothing in the twenty-to-five-hundred range like other years. One apple seedling got topped with Kerr to give me a back-up tree in case my main tree croaks. Kerr is a niche player but it fills that niche very, very well.
I topped out another super-coldhardy variety called Trailman. Kerr always produced five times as much fruit as Trailman. Just for giggles I grafted in a couple of twigs of a rootstock called M-26. According to the USDA-GRIN site, M-26 almost has edible fruit with 14% sugar and reasonable size.
M-26 is horribly susceptible to fireblight and collar rot but is resistant to winter cold and as a late-bloomer should be able to avoid some spring frosts. Trailman tips the scale at 17% sugar and is considered moderately resistant to fireblight and I have no information about collar rot. Trailman is a very early bloomer and survived actual, measured -50 F.
They might not ever "get together" due to the differences in bloom time but the possibility entertains me.