Apple trees dying all over the state

By Terence Bradshaw Pardon the exclamatory headline. I’m sending this message directly to the many, many people who have contacted me about the issue, and posting it as a blog post so that I can point to it when it comes up again. Apple trees are dying all over the state. Maybe not necessarily dying, […]

Due 9/ 7: Short, important survey for cider apple growers

By Terence Bradshaw Cultivation of specific cider apple cultivars, including European bittersweets, heirloom North American cultivars, and other dual-purpose fruit is a small but growing component of the New England apple industry. I am collaborating with faculty from UMASS and University of Maine to conduct a short-medium term research and education project supporting increased or […]

Apple maggot, the calm before harvest

By Terence Bradshaw Pardon my absence these past few week- a trip to beautiful Istanbul, where I presented some of our research from the past couple of years on cider apple management, and both wrapping up and starting a new course have kept me a bit distracted. Nonetheless, we have continued to scout in Vermont […]

Commercial Cider Making Workshop August 24 in Walden

By Terence Bradshaw Commercial Cider Making Workshop Presented by UVM Extension & Center for an Agricultural Economy Getting serious about cider marking? Come learn quality control best practices and latest equipment recommendations for handling, storing, and processing of apples after harvest. Learn how food-safe practices can ensure quality control. Discuss potential value-added products with food […]

AMF, midsummer orchard management

By Terence Bradshaw Despite localized rains early this week, it’s still really dry out there. That means running irrigation if you can, and considering what it will take to get it in the future because I expect we’ll be seeing more of these extreme dry summers. That also means that summer diseases haven’t been much […]

Cooling off orchard activities

By Terence Bradshaw Now that we have a respite from the heat wave, I imagine growers are thinking about what needs to be managed in Vermont orchards. As a rule, there aren’t any across-the-state IPM issues that I expect every grower will be facing. In warmer areas, it’s still a decent time to apply a […]

Spraying and hot weather

By Terence Bradshaw This is just a quick note to urge caution for anyone planning to spray grapes or apples ahead of the upcoming hot spell which is expected to start tomorrow. Meteorologists are calling already saying that this may be the most intense heat event seen in Vermont in recent history, particularly in terms […]

UVM Farming Practices Panel, Tues June 26

By Terence Bradshaw Panel on Farming Practices Tuesday June 26, 6-8 PM Sugar Maple Ballroom, 4th floor Davis Center, University of Vermont Dissecting Competing Philosophies in Vermont Agriculture Organic – Maddie Kempner, NOFA-VT Conventional – Dr. Terence Bradshaw, UVM Plant and Soil Science Regenerative Agriculture – Corie Pierce, Bread & Butter Farm Permaculture – Keith […]

Orchard IPM, June 24

By Terence Bradshaw Things are a bit quiet in the orchards right now. Primary scab season is done, and there is little of it in commercial orchards where dry conditions and easy spray windows have allowed for decent disease management conditions. Fire blight- a minor annoyance in some orchards and absent in most, but keep […]

Early summer orchard considerations

By Terence Bradshaw I’m not sure if everyone reads all the way to the bottom of my postings, or if things are going fine in Vermont orchards. If you recall, I was away working with apple growers and aspiring cider makers in Lebanon May 26-June 10, and was mostly unreachable. That I heard very little […]