April 2016 Northern Grapes Project News You Can Use – Itasca Grape

News You Can Use Itasca – New White Grape from the University of Minnesota April 2016 Itasca grape. Photo: David Hansen The University of Minnesota recently released its fifth cold-hardy wine grape, named ‘Itasca.’ Itasca arose from a 2002 cross made by Peter Hemstad between Frontenac gris and MN 1243, and was identified in 2009 […]

Recent cold and potential damage, plus apple scab management.

By Terence Bradshaw 11 April 2016 If it weren’t for that warm spell, everything would be all right. Orchards around Vermont are largely at the ‘advanced silver tip’ bud stage and have been since the first of April, with tighter buds on Honeycrisp and in cooler upland orchards and more advanced buds at green tip […]

Early apple season considerations

By Terence Bradshaw As has been the case in the past several even-numbered years, growers are increasingly concerned about early bud break and potential for cold weather to damage developing apple buds. At the UVM Hort Farm, ‘McIntosh’ buds were just entering silver tip yesterday March 31. Growers are reporting silver tip across most of […]