Fire blight concerns 5/15/2018

By Terence Bradshaw I’ve had a number of people ask my thoughts on fire blight infection potential with today’s rains. I’ve looked at a couple of models, and generally, they hover around the point of calling or not calling an infection. Let’s look at the conditions required for infection: 1. Bloom. If you’re inland or […]

Apple management: Bloom for most

By Terence Bradshaw There are several key points to consider in managing apple crops this week: the lack of rain, and bloom. The dry weather has reduced scab infection pressure, but has also put developing ascospores into a brief ‘hibernation’ period. Trust that the next significant wetting period will release a large proportion of the […]

Thoughts on pest management at pink bud stage in Vermont orchards

By Terence Bradshaw Many Vermont orchards hit the pink bud stage yesterday, which is an important time for crop management. The main concerns should be: apple scab, fire blight, and early season tree nutrition. For apple scab, NEWA is predicting an infection period tonight and into Saturday, so orchards should be covered with a protectant […]

Apple crop management this week

By Terence Bradshaw Apple buds are rapidly expanding into tight cluster bud stage in most of Vermont, which sets the calendar close to ‘normal’ after the cool, slow start to the season. Apple scab infection periods have been somewhat scarce, depending on when you started you clock for ascospore maturity (green tip, minus any confidence […]

Apple scab management- It’s getting real out there

By Terence Bradshaw Last week, apple buds in the traditional growing regions in the Champlain and Connecticut Valleys and Bennington County moved into the green tip stage which triggers the beginning of primary infection season for apple scab. Many weren’t ready to protect from infection during the rainy window of Wednesday through now, and in […]

Apple Talk conference call

By Terence Bradshaw I hope everyone’s ‘second winter’ is going well. While we’ve had some pretty good cold snaps this week, I don’t expect that the warm spell in February significantly reduced apple bud hardiness. Time will tell, however, if I’m right, but keep up with your pruning because spring will be here before we […]

Produce Safety Training in St Johnsbury April 11

By Terence Bradshaw Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Grower Training Course Hosted by University of Vermont Extension & Vermont Agency of Agriculture Date: April 11, 2018 Time: 7:30 AM–5:00 PM Location: The Summer Room at Springfield College St. Johnsbury 347 Emerson Falls Rd, St Johnsbury, VT 05819 Registration Link: https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/?eventid=2251020 Who Should Attend Fruit and vegetable […]

Available loans and grants for VT farmers

By Terence Bradshaw Below is a list of available programs for Vermont farmers: ******** From: Kate Stephenson Planning Projects on Your Farm This Spring? Thinking about investing in new infrastructure or equipment to grow your business in 2018? The Vermont Farm Fund can help with no-hassle, low-interest loans to Vermont farmers and value added food […]

UVM Apple / VT Tree Fruit Growers Assn meeting Feb 15, Middlebury, VT

By Terence Bradshaw The 122nd Annual UVM Apple Program and Vermont Tree Fruit Growers Association educational meeting will be held on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at the American Legion Hall, 49 Wilson Rd, in Middlebury, VT. The meeting focus this year is on insect management in Vermont orchards. Those include not only traditional pest insects […]

Feb 15: UVM / VT Tree Fruit Growers Assn Winter Meeting

By Terence Bradshaw Please save the date for the 122nd UVM Apple Program & Vermont Tree Fruit Growers Association Annual Meeting and Conference to be held at the American Legion Hall in Middlebury, VT. The main focus for this year’s meeting will be on insect management, including: developing efficient and effective scouting programs; pollinator protection, […]