Grape canopy management

By Terence Bradshaw High Summer is here, and this period from after July 4 through early August is the perfect time to apply some canopy management to the vineyard. By thinning and positioning shoots; removing unwanted clusters; and cleaning up trunks, we can significantly increase penetration of sunlight into the canopy and especially into the […]

Vineyard management at bloom

By Terence Bradshaw Many vineyards are in bloom across Vermont, and inflorescence looks good and bodes well for a promising year. As I’ve been saying all along, be sure to maintain spray coverage for the next couple of weeks; to remove any diseased tissue as you find it; and to do your best to maintain […]

Apple maggot fly traps

By Terence Bradshaw The time has come to hang apple maggot fly (AMF) traps in Vermont orchards. Last year, we saw higher populations state-wide, for which I don’t really have a good explanation. These are some of the easiest pests to manage using an IPM strategy, so there’s really no excuse. The idea is to […]

Grape pest management, June 19

By Terence Bradshaw June 19, 2019 It’s always impressive to me how fast grapevines can go from zero to full foliage in a matter of a couple of weeks. Vines at the UVM Horticulture Research & Education Center are generally at 16-24” shoot growth. We’re not quite at “Immediate Pre-Bloom” stage, but not far off, […]

Petal fall and then some (sometimes quite a bit more)…

By Terence Bradshaw Orchards in the highest elevation and coolest areas are at or just past petal fall, so all the advice I’ve had for other growers applies there as well now. All orchards should have started or, more likely, completed chemical thinning by now. Fabulous thinning weather occurred last week and those who applied […]

Expect insect activity to pick up later this week

By Terence Bradshaw Finally, it looks like we’ll be entering an extended stretch of warm, sunny weather starting Thursday and especially Friday and lasting through the weekend. In South Burlington, we’re expecting temperatures just near 80°F by Sunday. That is great weather to drive plum curculio and European apple sawfly activity, so I suggest treating […]

Orchard management at petal fall (and then some)

By Terence Bradshaw This week I’ll just say, “more of the same…” Apple scab primary ascospore season is done or nearly done in Vermont orchards. Check carefully for apple scab in your orchards before stopping fungicide coverage. Lesions can take two weeks to appear, so you may not see the latest infections for a bit. […]

Grape disease management and shoot thinning

By Terence Bradshaw I’m probably a tad late on getting this out for some growers. The growing season continues to be cool and wet, and grapevines at the UVM Horticulture Research & Education Center are showing about four to five inches of shoot growth. We are beginning to enter a critical time for disease management. […]

Petal fall approaching for many; Bloom for others

By Terence Bradshaw As has been the general case this year with the drawn-out, cool weather, we have bloom (and p-bloom) bud stages all over the place depending on elevation, proximity to the lake, cultivar, and latitude. For growers in upland sites just entering bloom, see my posts from the past couple of weeks that […]

Early vineyard management

By Terence Bradshaw Buds have broken in most Vermont vineyards and many vines are at 1-3” shoot growth. This brings up a few pest management considerations for your vineyards. Most cold-climate cultivars will not need disease protection until 5-8” of shoot growth, but any vineyards with heavy disease pressure last year may wish to begin […]