Petal fall apple recommendations for Vermont orchards

By Terence Bradshaw Below are some notes I’ve taken, including my own thoughts and observations, from today’s Champlain Valley Petal Fall meeting hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension. Thanks to Extension Associate Anna Wallis, plant pathologist Dr. Srdjan Acimovic, entomologist Peter Jentsch, plant physioloigist Dr. Poliana Francescatto, and consultant Jim Eaves for contributing to these observations […]

Important clarification- 5/23 New York Petal Fall meeting, no tour

By Terence Bradshaw Sorry folks, I’ve advertised a tour that doesn’t exist. The Tuesday, May 23rd petal fall meeting will be held at 3:00 at Rulf’s Orchard in Peru, NY. There is no pre-meeting tour. 3PM: Thinning Meeting, Rulfs Orchard, 531 Bear Swamp Rd, Peru Cornell Fruit Program Champlain Valley Petal Fall Meeting Tuesday May […]

Petal fall pre-discussion

By Terence Bradshaw May 21, 2017 Most Champlain, Connecticut, and Taconic valley orchards are at petal fall or quickly approaching it, which means the management needs will ramp up quickly- insect and disease management; nutrient application, mowing/herbicide/cultivation; and, of course, thinning. I’ll be wrapping my head around thinning options in the next few days, but […]

Disease management in Vermont grapes- the season begins

By Terence Bradshaw Grapes are moving fast in Vermont vineyards, with most cultivars in the UVM vineyard at about 2” shoot growth. Shoot thinning now will give best results before the vines waste energy on growth that you won’t keep. We typically aim for 4-6 well-spaced shoots per foot of canopy, selecting for the most […]

Trauma blight

By Terence Bradshaw May 19, 2017 An short, extremely intense line of thunderstorms passed through the state last night, accompanied with damaging high winds and, in some cases, hail. I was cutting trees out of our road soon after to make it passable, a neighbor lost 24 around his relatively small yard, many uprooted. That […]

Cornell Champlain Valley Thinning Meeting Next Tuesday 5/23

By Terence Bradshaw It’s hot today, it doesn’t take an expert to tell you that. Bees should be moving; orchards all over the state including in the inland, cooler regions are at least in king bloom. Hopefully you got a fire blight spray on if you’re at all concerned about that disease in your orchard. […]

Fire blight risk for Thursday and Friday of this week

By Terence Bradshaw May 16, 2017 Okay, we’ve been hinting around about it for weeks, and the risk for fire blight will be upon us later this week. Warm weather today, and hot weather Wednesday and Thursday will allow for substantial increase in populations of E. amylovera, the bacteria that causes fire blight. Once that […]

May 14 Orchard thoughts

By Terence Bradshaw May 14, 2017 Orchards in the Champlain and Connecticut valleys are in full bloom now, and it looks like a good one. After my worrying comments last week about poor weather for bee flight, one grower last Monday told me, “You’re worrying too much. It’ll happen.” And it looks like Thursday and […]

Pink bud in Vermont apple orchards, some thoughts on bloom and pest management

By Terence Bradshaw May 5, 2017 Ugh. Vermont orchards are largely at tight cluster (inland, cooler sites and cider cultivars) to pink (most of the Champlain Valley, Honeycrisp of course is lagging) to early king bloom in a few spots and even a little full bloom in the warmest spots. Yesterday was a decent but […]

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 […]