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Apple producers’ meeting is on for tomorrow, Thursday Feb 13 in Middlebury

Posted: February 12th, 2020 by fruit

By Terence Bradshaw

The weather for overnight tonight and into tomorrow is a little dicey, with 3-5 inches of snow, total, expected through tomorrow afternoon. Given the logistics of rescheduling, we’re going to keep the meeting date for tomorrow’s UVM Apple Program / VT Tree Fruit Growers Association 124th Annual Meeting.

American Legion Hall, 49 Wilson Rd, Middlebury, VT 05753

8:30-4:00 PM

www.uvm.edu/~fruit/treefruit/tf_meetings/VTFGA_124_2020agenda_registration.pdf

Thank you,

Terry

Where trade names or commercial products are used for identification,

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Electronic Registration is Open- February 13 VTFGA & UVM Apple Program Annual growers’ meeting

Posted: January 29th, 2020 by fruit

By Terence Bradshaw

Notice: Early bird (discounted) registration ends February 4.

Electronic registration is now open at: https://my.cheddarup.com/c/vt-tree-fruit-growers-association-annual-dues

The agenda and registration for the 124th annual Vermont Tree Fruit Growers Association and UVBM Apple Program growers’ meeting is now available. Registration and agenda are at: http://go.uvm.edu/2020applemtg.

I am personally excited by the quality and breadth of information that will be presented at this meeting. For IPM topics, we’ll have UNH Entomologist Dr. Anna Wallingford and UMASS Extension specialist Elizabeth Garofalo who will each discuss critical pest management and pollination issues. Russell Powell from New England Apple Association will lead us in a soul-searching discussion of the future of apple cultivars in the region. And Rose Wilson will lead a group discussion on future direction of the Vermont Tree Fruit Growers Association and will provide critical insight on marketing your crop. This meeting will be of great use to all tree fruit growers and managers, large, small, wholesale, retail, conventional, and even unconventional.

The program has been approved by VT Agency of Agriculture for four pesticide reeducation credits.

Best,

Terry

Where trade names or commercial products are used for identification,

no discrimination is intended and no endorsement is implied.

Always read the label before using any pesticide.

The label is the legal document for the product use.

Disregard any information in this message if it is in conflict with the

label.

The UVM Tree Fruit and Viticulture Program is supported by the

University of Vermont Agriculture Experiment Station, a USDA NIFA E-IPM

Grant, and USDA Risk Management Agency Funds.

Pruning grapevines

Posted: January 18th, 2020 by fruit

By Terence Bradshaw

Winter is definitely here and so is the time to start pruning grapevines. I like to wait as late as possible to prune grapes, but be careful to give yourself enough time to get the job done before bud break. Consider that an acre of mature grapes may take 40 hours or more to prune, so plan accordingly. Also, when pruning, keep an eye out for diseased wood in the canopy that should be removed from the vineyard. At the UVM vineyard, we throw wood into the row middle and clean up with a York rake at the end of the season. In an organic vineyard, sanitation is even more important so the few bits of wood left over from raking may be undesirable, you may want to lay a tarp down to put the wood on and drag it along as you prune, then scoop up when full and transport to the burn pile.

It’s also not necessarily a bad idea to under prune the vineyard now while it’s still cold out. That would mean doing a pass through to get the big stuff- the main cane wood from last year that needs to get out of the way before you can see what you’re doing to make the fine cuts, then come back and trim spurs (if spur pruning) down to the desired number of buds to make your final cane selections if cane pruning. That way, if we get a really cold snap, you will have left more buds that can be used to compensate for primary bud loss.

Here are some good videos to watch on a cold day to remind yourselves of pruning techniques.

· Finger Lakes Grape Program (FLGP): How to Prune Grapevines

o Top wire cordon

o VSP trellis

· Michigan State University Pruning and Training Top Wire Cordon Vines

Stay warm,

Terry

Where trade names or commercial products are used for identification,

no discrimination is intended and no endorsement is implied.

Always read the label before using any pesticide.

The label is the legal document for the product use.

Disregard any information in this message if it is in conflict with the

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The UVM Tree Fruit and Viticulture Program is supported by the

University of Vermont Agriculture Experiment Station, a USDA NIFA E-IPM

Grant, and USDA Risk Management Agency Funds.

Winter apple pruning; ‘Click’ pruning

Posted: January 18th, 2020 by fruit

By Terence Bradshaw

Happy 2020, everyone. By now, in mid-January, all growers should be thinking about or well-into dormant pruning apple trees. This is the time to get your tree structure adjusted and to open trees up to sunlight and air to improve overall health and production. Below are some resources that may refresh your minds on the concepts and best practices in dormant pruning apples:

· Pruning -Horticulture Presentation by Dr. M. Elena Garcia

· VIDEO: (University of Massachusetts)

· VIDEO: (University of Massachusetts)

Recently, a new method of pruning that has been popularized in parts of Europe has emerged that aims to increase fruit bud development on trees that produce ‘blind wood’, like Cortland, Northern Spy, Fuji, and pears (especially pears). The Click Pruning technique calls for normal dormant pruning through scaffold management and limb/branch removal. Where it differs from pruning tenets we often promote is that it calls for heading cuts into one-year wood- those vegetative terminal shoots produced last year that have no side buds (yet). The idea is to leave small stubs of one-year wood in places on the tree where we want fruit buds to form. Those spurs, which now are missing their terminal bud which promotes apical dominance and therefore fewer lateral spurs (and thus more blind wood), will see increased growth and ‘breaking’ of lateral and sleeping buds that will form fruit spurs this year (and fruit the following). Here are two videos that illustrate the concept. We’ll be trying it on a number of our trees at the UVM orchard this year.

· “CLICK ” Pruning Apples & Pears – Controlling & Directing Vigor – Avoid “Blind” wood: Growing Fruit

· Understanding the click pruning technique – Video: Good Fruit Grower

Stay warm,

Terry

Where trade names or commercial products are used for identification,

no discrimination is intended and no endorsement is implied.

Always read the label before using any pesticide.

The label is the legal document for the product use.

Disregard any information in this message if it is in conflict with the

label.

The UVM Tree Fruit and Viticulture Program is supported by the

University of Vermont Agriculture Experiment Station, a USDA NIFA E-IPM

Grant, and USDA Risk Management Agency Funds.

Register for: Northern Grapes Webinar February 18 “Update on Trunk Injury and Disease Surveys in Minnesota and New York”

Posted: January 13th, 2020 by fruit

Northern Grapes Webinar

Update on Trunk Injury and Disease Surveys in Minnesota and New York

Annie Klodd and collaborators Matt Clark, Bob Blanchette, and Davy DeKrey: University of Minnesota

Janet Van Zoeren and Tim Martinson: Cornell University

February 18, 2020, 2:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (1:00 PM Central Time)

Annie Klodd

Extension Educator – Fruit and Vegetable Production

University of Minnesota Extension

St. Paul Minnesota

Annie conducts outreach and applied research to benefit fruit and vegetable growers of all sizes in Minnesota. Viticulture is an important part of her program.

Tim Martinson

Senior Extension Associate – Viticulture

Cornell University Extension

Geneva, New York

Tim is the senior extension associate in the section of horticulture, school of integrative plant science, based at Cornell AgriTech in Geneva, NY. He is the statewide viticulture extension specialist and outreach coordinator for the VitisGen2 project.

Two surveys addressing trunk injury and trunk diseases were undertaken in 2019 in Minnesota and New York. The Minnesota survey focused on identifying trunk pathogens and their impact in the upper Midwest. In the New York survey, we quantified the extent of missing grapevine canopy due to dead arms, missing vines, and visible Eutypa, and Crown Gall symptoms by examining 300 vines in 60 vineyard blocks. Percent canopy reduction in hybrids ranged from 0.5 to 26% (median=5%) and in vinifera ranged from 1 to 70% (median=10%). We will discuss management options for addressing trunk injury.

Registration: You need to pre-register to attend. Registrants will receive a link and reminder 1-2 days before the presentation.

Register at: https://cornell.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_yhcNBUgoSUWX82qtvVVbfQ

Any questions can be addressed to rjw256

Timothy E. Martinson, Ph. D.

Senior Extension Associate

Statewide Viticulture Extension Program

Section of Horticulture, School of Integrative Plant Science

Cornell AgriTech

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

106 Hedrick Hall

630 West North Street

Geneva, NY

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Cornell University

office: 315-787-2448

mobile: 607-592-2616

https://hort.cals.cornell.edu/people/timothy-martinson

February 13: VTFGA & UVM Apple Program Annual growers’ meeting

Posted: January 7th, 2020 by fruit

By Terence Bradshaw

The agenda and registration for the 124th annual Vermont Tree Fruit Growers Association and UVBM Apple Program growers’ meeting is now available. Registration and agenda are at: http://go.uvm.edu/2020applemtg. Electronic registration is not set up at this time, please use the old-fashioned snail mail form in the link or check back shortly.

I am personally excited by the quality and breadth of information that will be presented at this meeting. For IPM topics, we’ll have UNH Entomologist Dr. Anna Wallingford and UMASS Extension specialist Elizabeth Garofalo who will each discuss critical pest management and pollination issues. Russell Powell from New England Apple Association will lead us in a soul-searching discussion of the future of apple cultivars in the region. And Rose Wilson will lead a group discussion on future direction of the Vermont Tree Fruit Growers Association and will provide critical insight on marketing your crop. This meeting will be of great use to all tree fruit growers and managers, large, small, wholesale, retail, conventional, and even unconventional.

The program has been approved by VT Agency of Agriculture for four pesticide reeducation credits.

I look forward to seeing everyone. Early bird (discounted) registration deadline is February 4.

Best,

Terry

Where trade names or commercial products are used for identification,

no discrimination is intended and no endorsement is implied.

Always read the label before using any pesticide.

The label is the legal document for the product use.

Disregard any information in this message if it is in conflict with the

label.

The UVM Tree Fruit and Viticulture Program is supported by the

University of Vermont Agriculture Experiment Station, a USDA NIFA E-IPM

Grant, and USDA Risk Management Agency Funds.

Reminder: February 13 UVM Apple Program / VTFGA meeting

Posted: January 4th, 2020 by fruit

By Terence Bradshaw

As the new year rolls over, I’d like to remind everyone of the 124th annual Vermont Tree Fruit Growers Association and UVM Apple Program annual meeting that will we held at the American Legion hall in Middlebury, VT on February 13. There are still a couple of agenda items we’re wrapping up, so stay tuned for a complete agenda to arrive shortly. This year’s slate of talks and discussions should be especially eye-opening, as we’ll hear from (relatively) new UNH entomologist Dr. Anna Wallingford on insect pest management; learn about decision support systems from UMASS Extension specialist Elizabeth Garafalo; and have a robust discussion on the future of apple cultivars in a post-McIntosh (I’m saying that deliberately to provoke discussion) world from New England Apple Association’s Russell Powell. VTFGA President Eric Boire has again pulled together a great list of vendor supporters, and we’ll have opportunities to hear the latest from the Vermont Agency of Agriculture. Keep your eyes peeled for registration materials.

Best,

Terry

Where trade names or commercial products are used for identification,

no discrimination is intended and no endorsement is implied.

Always read the label before using any pesticide.

The label is the legal document for the product use.

Disregard any information in this message if it is in conflict with the

label.

The UVM Tree Fruit and Viticulture Program is supported by the

University of Vermont Agriculture Experiment Station, a USDA NIFA E-IPM

Grant, and USDA Risk Management Agency Funds.

USDA Value Added Producer Grants Information Sessions

Posted: December 16th, 2019 by fruit

By Terence Bradshaw

Hello:

The USDA Value Added Producers Grants Program is now open for FY2020. This is a great program available to growers and businesses aimed at helping to scale up or investigate entering the value-added food, fiber, and wood products industries. I have reviewed these grants in the past, and this is an excellent way to help fund the next stage of your farm business. Please see the information below i=on information sessions tio gain more information. –TB

From: Massey, Elijah – RD, Montpelier, VT
Sent: Monday, December 16, 2019 2:42 PM
Subject: VAPG Information Sessions

Good afternoon,

I am writing to follow-up on last week’s notification that USDA Rural Development’s Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program is currently open for FY2020. As indicated, there will be information sessions held in New Hampshire and Vermont to provide folks an overview of the VAPG program, recent adjustments from the current Federal Register Notice, and to address questions about the application process. The dates, times, and locations of these sessions are:

For interested parties located in New Hampshire –

Tuesday, January 28th, 2020.

10:00 am to Noon

Concord Center Building

10 Ferry St., Room 211

Concord, NH 03301

For interested parties located in Vermont –

Wednesday, January 29th, 2020.

10:00 to Noon

Lrg. Conference Room

Green Mountain Power Building

7 Green Mountain Dr.

Montpelier, VT 05602

(please park beyond the fence as the front lot is for State employees)

Please let me know if you have any questions regarding either of these meetings or the program more generally. As a reminder, VAPG program information is available on Rural Development’s website for both Vermont and New Hampshire. Hope to see you at a session!

My best,

Elijah

Elijah Massey

Business Programs Specialist

Vermont Beginning Farmer and Rancher Coordinator

Rural Development

United States Department of Agriculture

Office: 802-828-6081 | Fax: 855-794-3680

87 State Street, Suite 324

P. O. Box 249

Montpelier, VT 05601

www.rd.usda.gov/nh | www.rd.usda.gov/vt

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Where trade names or commercial products are used for identification,

no discrimination is intended and no endorsement is implied.

Always read the label before using any pesticide.

The label is the legal document for the product use.

Disregard any information in this message if it is in conflict with the

label.

The UVM Tree Fruit and Viticulture Program is supported by the

University of Vermont Agriculture Experiment Station, a USDA NIFA E-IPM

Grant, and USDA Risk Management Agency Funds.

Save the Date, Feb 13: UVM Apple Program / VT Tree Fruit Growers Assn Annual Meeting

Posted: November 21st, 2019 by fruit

By Terence Bradshaw

The 124th annual UVM Apple Program / VT Tree Fruit Growers Association annual educational meeting is scheduled for February 13, 2020. It will again be held at the American Legion in Middlebury, VT. We are building a particularly interesting slate of speakers and presentations- stay tuned for that information. Registration will be forthcoming.

http://go.uvm.edu/applemtg

See you in February,

Terry

Where trade names or commercial products are used for identification,

no discrimination is intended and no endorsement is implied.

Always read the label before using any pesticide.

The label is the legal document for the product use.

Disregard any information in this message if it is in conflict with the

label.

The UVM Tree Fruit and Viticulture Program is supported by the

University of Vermont Agriculture Experiment Station, a USDA NIFA E-IPM

Grant, and USDA Risk Management Agency Funds.

Produce Safety Improvement Grant program – Accepting Applications

Posted: November 19th, 2019 by fruit

Passing on from the VT Agency of Agriculture- TB

Good Morning all,

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets is accepting applications for the Produce Safety Improvement Grant program until Monday, December 9th, 2019 at 11:59 PM. The Request for Applications is posted on the grant program webpage at this link – agriculture.vermont.gov/ProduceSafetyGrants

Please share this opportunity with your contacts and feel free to copy the message below, thank you! We appreciate your help in spreading the word.

Produce Safety Improvement Grant Program

Apply Now For Up to $7,000

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets is now accepting applications for the Vermont Produce Safety Improvement Grant program. Produce Safety Improvement Grants can partially defray the costs of implementing on-farm food safety practices to help vegetable and fruit growers transition to compliance with the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule and/or meet market demands for on-farm food safety.

Awards will range from $2,000 to $7,000. PSIG funds can be used for any of the following, but are not limited to: harvest, wash, pack, and storage supplies; wash/pack area construction or renovation; monitoring/control devices; handwashing stations; cleaning/sanitization tools; health and hygiene signage; compost/manure handling improvements; and materials and systems to improve training and record-keeping.

Applicants must grow, harvest, pack, or hold “covered produce” as defined by the U.S. FSMA Produce Safety Rule and have average annual produce sales of greater than $27,528 over the past three years. ­­The term covered produce includes any raw fruit or vegetable commonly consumed raw, as defined by the FDA. More information can be found in the FY2020 PSIG RFA, located at agriculture.vermont.gov/ProduceSafetyGrants.

How to Apply

· Mark your calendars! Grant applications will be accepted no later than Monday, December 9, 2019 at 11:59 pm.

· Download the FY2020 PSIG Request for Applications (RFA) here.

Please note: Farms that were previously awarded a Produce Safety Improvement Grant are ineligible to apply for a grant in this round.

Technical Assistance

We encourage applicants to contact the University of Vermont Extension Produce Safety Team for technical assistance while developing applications and during implementation of projects. Contact: producesafety.

Questions related to Produce Safety Improvement Grant program or the FSMA Produce Safety Rule should be directed to Gina Clithero at (802) 585-6225 or gina.clithero.

Dominique Giroux

Produce Program Outreach & Education Coordinator

Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

116 State Street Montpelier, VT 05620

dominique.giroux | (802) 522-3132

agriculture.vermont.gov/produceprogram

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