Scab infection April 19-22

By Terence Bradshaw It doesn’t take too much fancy software to tell that we are in the middle of a pretty good apple scab infection period in most every orchard in Vermont. Ascospore maturity is estimated at 4-8% for today, and up to 14% in some orchards by the end of the weekend with showers […]

Pest management in apples this week

By Terence Bradshaw Warm weather over the weekend advanced bud stages, pretty much everything in the Champlain and Connecticut Valleys are at green tip and some orchards are bordering on half-inch green. If you haven’t gotten copper out yet, now is the time, tomorrow (Tuesday 4/18)v looks like a good day wind-wise. We’re also out […]

Green Tip in Champlain Valley

By Terence Bradshaw April 13, 2017 Champlain Valley orchards in Chittenden and Addison counties have reached the green tip bud stage on ‘McIntosh’ as of yesterday, April 12, which indicates that the growing season has begun for many Vermont orchards. Keep an eye out in your own orchards and plan on using actual green tip […]

Beginning of apple scab season, 2017

By Terence Bradshaw April 5, 2017 NEWA Apple Scab and Phenology Models We don’t need computers and models to tell us that by mid-April we ought to expect apple bud break to be around the corner, and with temperatures in the 70s forecast for Monday and Tuesday of next week, I expect many orchards to […]

Apple season will soon be underway

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. Despite that being wrong in 2010, it has generally been good advice to live by, and after receiving another eight inches of snow yesterday, April 1, I feel […]

Fire blight model upgrade in pace for 2017

[Terence Bradshaw] See the note below regarding upgrades to the Fire Blight model in NEWA that will be implemented this year. Upgrades to the apple scab model will be coming as well.- TB We are pleased to announce that an upgrade to the fire blight model on NEWA is now in place, available from http://newa.cornell.edu/index.php?page=apple-diseases. […]

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 […]

2017 UVM Apple Program IPM survey

Hello: We are conducting an anonymous survey to evaluate past and present Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and other programming in support of apple producers in Vermont and the surrounding region and to guide future research and outreach programming. A comprehensive survey of IPM adoption on Vermont orchards was last conducted in 2012. You may answer […]

Online Introduction to Tree Fruit Production course offered this winter

BF 223: Tree Fruit Production an online course from the Cornell Small Farms Program January 18 – Feb 22, 2017, with webinars each Wednesday evening from 6:30-8pm Eastern time. Apples, pears, plums, and more! All are important components of the agricultural and homeowner landscape. This course trains beginning tree fruit growers in fundamental concepts in […]