Thoughts on orchard management, May 19

By Terence Bradshaw Orchards in the Champlain Valley are largely in full bloom now, although Honeycrisp appear to be holding out for a couple of days as usual. I’ve heard reports of good bee flight last Saturday, but cool cloudy weather slowed things the last few days. I did see great bee activity in the […]

Cider makers’ and growers’ meeting June 28

By Terence Bradshaw Save the date: June 28, 2016 we will hold a cider makers’ and apple growers’ educational meeting at Woodchuck Cidery in Middlebury, VT. Topics will include: updates on apple production and cider apple economics projects (Terence Bradshaw and Florence Becot); cider marketing (Farrell Distributing Cider Education & Training Manager Jeff Baker); and […]

Fire blight…

By Terence Bradshaw A quick note on apple scab: we are likely entering an infection period for the disease starting today through Sunday. If you aren’t covered with a protectant, either get one on between rainshowers or come in with an appropriate kick-back material as soon as possible after the rains stop. As we enter […]

Apple management at pink and into bloom

By Terence Bradshaw I traveled around the Champlain Valley a bit today and saw apples well into the pink bud stage (and one open blossom), with a few caveats. Damage from the cold snap in early April is becoming more evident, which coupled with generally weaker trees going into the weather after the heavy 2015 […]

Apple scab, codling moth, and general prebloom orchard management

By Terence Bradshaw As I mentioned Monday, we are in the middle of an extended apple scab infection period this week and trees will require sustained protection to protect against the disease. Our situation is not as bad as in the Hudson Valley, which Dave Rosenberger detailed in a blog post last night, where two […]

May 17 Northern Grapes Project Webinar Announcement and Registration

The Northern Grapes Project Webinar Series “From Vine to Glass: Understanding the Flavors and Aromas of Cold-Hardy Grapes and Wine” Tuesday, May 17th*, 2016 12:00 Noon Eastern (11:00 am Central) 7:00 pm Eastern (6:00 pm Central) *Please note this is a date change from the original date of May 10th. Join Anne Fennell of South […]

Scab management this week

By Terence Bradshaw Rainfall beginning yesterday May 1 which will extend through today has caused an apple scab infection period is virtually all Vermont orchards. Rainfall amounts range in the 0.1 – 0.5 inch range, which would not be enough to wash off a well-applied fungicide spray made just before the wetting period. If there […]