April 8th Northern Grapes Webinar

March 21, 2014- The Northern Grapes Project Webinar Series “Impact of crop load and training systems on viticultural and enological performances of Marquette and Frontenac grown in Michigan and New York” April 8th, 2014 12:00 Noon Eastern (11:00 am Central) 7:00 pm Eastern (6:00 pm Central) Tim Martinson of Cornell University and Paolo Sabbatini of […]

Survey on Apple Scab Resistance

March 21, 2014- I’m passing this on from some colleagues who are pulling together a grant to develop a rapid fungicide resistance test for apple scab. Please consider spending five minutes to answer the survey. This is important work that is worthy of funding. -TB Apple pathologists in New England and New York would like […]

Courses for instruction on Diversified Farm Management at UVM Summer 2014

March 18, 2014- This series includes my course on Sustainable Orchard and Vineyard Management. -TB UVM Educational Farm Expands Learning Opportunities for Students Catamount Farm to provide dynamic environment for wide range of students By Erica Houskeeper A new farming education endeavor at the University of Vermont will give students the opportunity to learn about […]

Input Needed on Proposed EPA Worker Protection Standard Changes

March 18, 2014- On February 20, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency announced proposed changes to the agricultural Worker Protection Standard (WPS) to increase protections from pesticide exposure for the nation’s 2 million agricultural workers and their families. This is an important milestone for the farm workers who plant, tend, and harvest the food that we […]

Under Trellis Management Grape Webinar April 4

March 18, 2014- This webinar may be of interest to some. -TB Friday April 4, 2014 at 9am a discussion of Under Trellis Management with Dr. Justine Vanden Heuvel from Cornell University and Dr. Tony Wolf from Virginia Tech. Please see attached meeting announcement for more information. This meeting will be hosted through WebEx. WebEx […]

2014 New England Tree Fruit Guide is Available Now

March 17, 2014 The 2014 New England Tree Fruit Management Guide is available for order now. This guide represents the work of IPM professionals throughout New England, and is our primary resource for IPM and general production information available to growers. If you think your old guide will cut it, it won’t. There have been […]

CORRECTION re: 2014 Pesticide Certification Review and Exam

CORRECTION: for current VT Pesticide Applicators License holders, this review is good for TWO recertification credits, not six as I mentioned earlier. Sorry for the confusion. -TB 2014 Initial Certification Meeting, a review of the Core Pesticide Manual followed by the Pesticide Applicators exam Vermont Technical College, Randolph Center, VT April 8 ; 9am-4pm Pre-register […]

2014 Pesticide Certification Review and Exam

Spring really is coming -be ready when it finally gets here! All fruit growers, whether retail, wholesale, organic, or IPM, should hold a current Vermont Pesticide Applicator’s License to purchase and safely use pest management materials on your farms. This meeting provides initial training and an opportunity to take the initial certification exam all in […]

UVM/Vermont Tree Fruit Listserv Questions

March 12, 2014 I have had some questions about signing up for the UVM/Vermont Tree Fruit Growers Association Listserv. This interactive mailing list is offered to VTFGA members to facilitate cooperation, networking, and marketing activities between fellow growers. This is important: to sign up for the list, you need to start with a blank email […]

NY-PA Grape Pest Management Guidelines now available

March 10, 2014 – The 2014 New York and Pennsylvania Pest Management Guidelines for Grapes are now available at: http://store.cornell.edu/p-186477-2014-new-york-and-pennsylvania-pest-management-guidelines-for-grapes.aspx These will not be made available in an electronic format as has been done in previous years. The guidelines are the best place to get IPM information for grapes in a single source, and every […]