Getting ready for harvest in orchards and vineyards…

By Terence Bradshaw Mid-August is approaching, and that means that fruit are beginning the ripening process in Vermont orchards and vineyards. This is an important time to plan some final management practices before things get too busy. Foliar (apple) and petiole (grape) tissue sampling: Now is the time to collect plant tissue samples for nutrient […]

Orchard pest management, late July

By Terence Bradshaw Many growers, especially of pick-your-own or retail-sold fruit, are starting to think about wrapping up the pest management season for 2017. Before doing so, it is important to consider late-season insect and disease pests that could affect the crop going into harvest. Apple maggot numbers ticked up in a lot of orchards […]

Midsummer orchard management

By Terence Bradshaw July 9, 2017 As we move into midsummer, the busy hive of early season pest management is largely behind us, and we just need to keep a few things in mind. On the disease front, sooty blotch and flyspeck have the potential to be a big problem this year, so fungicide coverage […]

Hail, tonight and in general

By Terence Bradshaw June 27, 2017 A pretty strong storm with high winds and hail just blew through East Montpelier and Calais; my colleague up in South Burlington reports barely a puff of wind up there. The point here is that hail may have affected area orchards, but as is usually the case, was highly […]

Borers and moths, plus a little on orchard diseases

By Terence Bradshaw June 26, 2017 There’s pretty much no question that apple scab ascospore release is done now, and only lesions from that primary scab season that became established in the trees can continue to spread the disease. There is a bit of scab out there; if you have any, then keep covered with […]

Orchard management- June 18, 2017

By Terence Bradshaw June 18, 2017 I am doing some last minute preparations for my summer cold-climate viticulture course which starts this week (and still has a few slots if you’re interested), so this will be relatively brief. Codling moth (CM) should be tended to in most orchards in the warmer valleys this week if […]

Codling moth and other pest management in apples

By Terence Bradshaw Codling moth (CM) management is just around the corner in many Vermont orchards. This is an increasing pest in the state- many orchards never had a problem until recently, and some still don’t. Adults begin flying around bloom, and our monitoring program is designed to catch the first flight to tie later […]

Orchard management at fruit set

By Terence Bradshaw By now virtually all orchards, including those in cooler regions, are at petal fall with only straggling bloom around on later cultivars. The cool weather has shut down concerns for continued blossom infections of fire blight. If infection did occur in your orchard during the May 18-20 warm spell (wouldn’t we love […]

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 […]