Wine Grape IPM Assessment -volunteers needed

Greetings. The UVM Grape Program is seeking THREE volunteer vineyard managers to participate in an Integrated Pest Management Assessment. Selected participants will receive personalized, one-on-one consultations to address their pest management needs. We will only be selecting three participants from interested respondents for this round of the program. This is a great opportunity to review […]

Apple IPM Assessment -volunteers needed

Greetings. The UVM Apple Program is seeking THREE volunteer orchard managers to participate in an Integrated Pest Management Assessment. Selected participants will receive personalized, one-on-one consultations to address their pest management needs. We will only be selecting three participants from interested respondents for this round of the program. This is a great opportunity to review […]

Apple scab infection period expected for Monday May 2.

By Terence Bradshaw Even with the best expert systems, on-farm weather stations, and predictive forecasts, sometimes we have to rely on common sense when making management decisions in the orchard. The forecast for most of Vermont is for rain showers to begin Sunday, with higher likelihood in southern Vermont. By Monday, we’re looking at 50-60% […]

False alarm on apple scab, dry weather expected

By Terence Bradshaw Despite my warning from Sunday about an impending apple scab infection period early this week, the cool/cold temperatures and short wetting event associated with yesterday’s snowfall (!) did not trigger infection in any Vermont orchards. At this point, most orchards have not experienced an infection period yet this spring. Dry weather is […]

Updates to NEWA functions

By Terence Bradshaw Art Agnello from Cornell posted the following announcement of NEWA system updates in his latest Scaffolds newsletter: Many orchards will soon be progressing to the stage where some insecticidal protection is typically needed, so we would take this opportunity to point out the availability of a prediction tool that combines our historical […]

Efficient Vineyard webinar Thursday April 28 “FREE” Registration Required

Please join us for an Efficient Vineyards Webinar on Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 11:00 AM EST Join extension staff and researchers from Cornell University, Carnegie Mellon and University of California Davis for; “Setting the Stage – Developing Outreach and Adoption strategies” This webinar is the first in a series of Showcase webinars for the […]

Foliar Nutrient guide – tree fruit

By Terence Bradshaw Forwarding from University of Connecticut Fruit Extension Educator Mary Concklin: Attached is a guide for foliar nutrient applications based on an identified need as well as foliar nutrients and PGR for situations where buds have been damaged from frost and/or freeze situations such as we have had this spring. Tree Fruit Foliar […]

Apple Scab infection period expected Monday night through Tuesday, April 25-26

By Terence Bradshaw Apple scab primary ascospore development is moving along in Vermont orchards, with most orchards having approximately 8-15% mature spores according to NEWA models. This will likely be our first significant infection period of the 2016 season, and growers should be prepared. Bud stages are all over the map right now depending on […]

Green tip in Vermont orchards and disease management

By Terence Bradshaw April 15, 2016 By later today most orchards in the Champlain and Connecticut valleys and Bennington area should be into green tip and disease management activities will need to commence soon for the 2016 season. The weather forecast for rain on Monday has been somewhat inconsistent with chances decreasing since last night, […]

Pre-bud break grape management

By Terence Bradshaw April 15, 2016 In these next few days and week(s) before buds start swelling on grapes in Vermont, there are a few activities that can be performed that may improve management in your vineyard for the 2016 growing season. First of course is wrapping up any pruning, including careful removal of any […]