Cutworms and flea beetles in vineyards

April 30, 2014 Monitor vineyards for cutworms and flea beetles during bud swell growth stage Time spent monitoring vineyards for cutworms and flea beetles can avoid costly pest damage. Posted on April 29, 2014 by Rufus Isaacs, Michigan State University Extension, Department of Entomology Bud swell of grapes is being reported in Southwest Michigan, and […]

Scab Management 4/27-29

April 27, 2014- Anyone who had exposed green tissue on apples yesterday likely saw an apple scab infection period. This is also looking like a cool and wet week ahead, so more infection periods are likely. It looks like the best window for spray applications with low winds will be tonight, April 27, from dusk […]

Weed Management in Vineyards

April 24, 2014 Now that vines are pruned it is time to shift your thinking to under trellis weed management in the vineyard. Especially in this season where many growers will be leaving shoots low on the trunk to use as replacement parts for cold-injured vines, it is important to avoid herbicide contact with green […]

Green tip apple scab management

April 24, 2014 Orchards in most areas of the state should be showing green tip now, and that means that protection is required to manage apple scab. Many orchards are going into this season with high overwintering inoculum as a result of the wet 2013 growing season, and growers need to be vigilant to manage […]

Silver tip, copper, oil, and cold temperatures

April 19, 2014 Terence Bradshaw, UVM Tree Fruit and Viticulture Specialist By the time I check the UVM orchards on Monday, I expect we’ll be seeing silver tip on many cultivars. By Friday 4/18, I called Empire and Macoun at silver tip, but most others were still looking tight, although buds were swelling on everything. […]

Update: Pruning winter-damaged vines

April 15, 2014 Terence Bradshaw, UVM Tree Fruit and Viticulture Specialist First, the good news- it looks like the long-range cold temperature prediction for this Thursday that I mentioned last week won’t be as bad as my weatherman thought, so feel free to prune your vines this week. The bad news- if your vineyard is […]

Winter cold and pruning grapevines

April 11, 2014 Terence Bradshaw, UVM Tree Fruit and Viticulture Specialist I just want to drop a quick note to growers after hearing the weather forecast this morning. We have not yet performed our winter bud damage at the UVM vineyard, but will be collecting canes today and assessing tomorrow. I noticed a lot of […]

Early season apple disease management

April 9, 2014 Terence Bradshaw, UVM Tree Fruit and Viticulture Specialist Spring looks to be here, as temperatures are gradually warming up, or at least staying out of the frigid zone. At the UVM Hort Farm, trees are still dormant, although I’ve seen a little swelling on Empire and Macoun. Still, green tip looks to […]

Diversified fruit and veg farm crop insurance: Please read

April 6, 2014 Terence Bradshaw, UVM Tree Fruit and Viticulture Specialist PLEASE consider spending a couple of minutes of your time for this. Ag research only works when its beneficiaries, i.e., farmers, participate. –Thanks, Terry Jen Miller, a grad student at UVM, is doing a survey examining crop insurance on diversified fruit and vegetable farms […]

Northern Grapes Project: Assessing Bud Injury and Adjusting Pruning

April 3, 2014 Terence Bradshaw, UVM Tree Fruit and Viticulture Specialist I am forwarding this from the Northern Grapes Project mailing list. LOTS of great information to consider as you get into your dormant pruning. In cold years like this one, it is critical to do some bud counts before pruning. -TB News You Can […]