Buds swelling in local vineyards

By Terence Bradshaw Grapevine buds are showing significant swelling in vineyards both in the Champlain Valley and at my house at near-1500 feet in Washington County, so bud break is right around the corner. However, This extended cool weather expected this week will leave those buds in this swollen state for an extended period, which […]

NEWA models – intermittent downtime

By Terence Bradshaw A note from the folks at NEWA. The lesson here: know your basic apple scab and fire blight pathology- wet weather beyond a couple of hours will cause a scab infection, stay covered with fungicide unless there is a dry forecast; hot weather immediately preceding bloom can cause a fire blight infection […]

Timely registration for summer 2017 Cold Climate Viticulture course

UVM students will be signing up for fall courses this week, and often sign up for summer courses as well at the same time. If you have any interest in taking my summer Cold Climate Viticulture course, signing up sooner rather than later is recommended. This is an ideal ‘crash course’ for anyone who is […]

The growing season looms…

April 3, 2017 By Terence Bradshaw My predecessor and longtime mentor Lorraine Berkett always told me to be ready for the growing season to start any time after April 1. After receiving another eight inches of snow at my house on April 1 this past weekend, I feel safe in saying that we still have […]

NEXT WEEK: March 9 NY-VT Winter Grape School, Lake George, NY

Last reminder: 2017 Northeastern NY and VT Grape School Note: we do not anticipate offering a separate Grape School in Vermont in June, so this is your opportunity to network and catch up on the latest developments in the industry.-TB Please pre-register so we may have accurate headcounts. https://enych.cce.cornell.edu/event.php?id=632 Come and join Cornell Cooperative Extension […]

Winter chill, bud break, and frost risk, late February, 2017

By Terence Bradshaw February 26, 2017 I am following up on a notice I received from Mary Conklin at UCONN regarding recent warm temperatures in Connecticut and thoughts on bud break in fruit crops. I started to look at this on Friday, Feb 24, but went away to Montreal for the weekend where cooler temperatures […]

2017 Initial Pesticide Certification Meeting

2017 Initial Certification Meeting. This is a simple way to learn the material needed to pass the licensing exam to certify as a pesticide applicator in Vermont. Remember, even organic producers are required to hold a valid license to purchase or apply restricted use products, and many commonly-used products in organic production are restricted-use. -TB […]

Details on March 9 NY-VT Winter Grape School

2017 Northeastern NY and VT Grape School Register here: https://enych.cce.cornell.edu/event.php?id=632 Come and join Cornell Cooperative Extension Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program and the University of Vermont Grape Program, Dept. of Plant and Soil Science for the 2017 Northeastern NY and VT Grape School! For questions about the program contact Anna Wallis 518-410-6823 or email aew232 […]

New England 2016 Grape Survey

I urge all grape producers, regardless of size, to complete this important survey. It has been difficult to put an appropriate vale on the grape industry in Vermont and New England, and now that they are counting, the industry needs to participate. The grape industry is likely worth a bit more than $4.2 million region-wide, […]

Tracking grape ripening

By Terence Bradshaw As harvest approaches, it is critical to track ripening in the vineyard to best achieve the juice chemistry values to optimize wine quality. Sampling should be methodical and regular (at least weekly, or more often as harvest approaches). Generally a 100 berry sample is sufficient to ascertain general ripeness. Berries should be […]