Petal Fall and Hail Damage Management

May 27, 2014 I’ve heard reports of possible hail damage from today’s storms, particularly in Addison County (although I would appreciate word from any other affected areas). Mary Conklin from UConn Extension just offered this advice to growers similarly hit recently in Connecticut: 1. Fireblight susceptible pears and apples should receive a strep spray within […]

Early season disease management in Vermont vineyards

May 21, 2014- Risk for cutworms and flea beetles has diminished as vines have surpassed the 1″ shoot growth stage in many Vermont vineyards. Now is the time to turn your focus toward disease management. I’ll put it simply: the next four fungicide applications, combined with good vineyard sanitation, will ‘set the stage’ for your […]

Tree Fruit Meeting tomorrow May 21, Walpole, NH

May 20, 2014 Sorry for the late announcement- tomorrow evening George Hamilton from UNH Cooperative Extension will host a joint twilight meeting with UMASS fruit team members at Alyson’s Orchard in Walpole, NH: Tree Fruit Twilight Meeting (Wednesday 05/21/2014 – 05:00 PM – 08:00 PM) Topics to be Covered: Overview of the Farm and Walking […]

Favorable spray conditions May 17

May 17, 2014 For growers who need to cover their orchards for the apple scab or fire blight infection periods that occurred during this last round of rain, today looks like a good spray day with generally low wind speeds (as always check your conditions on your farm before listening to me). Winds look to […]

Bud Break in Grapes

May 16, 2014 At the UVM Vineyard in South Burlington, VT, we are just coming into bud break. This gives us a good chance to make an initial assessment of bud damage from this past winter’s cold events. It’s still a but early to start a thorough shoot thinning, since a lot can happen and […]

Apple Pink and Bloom time considerations for Vermont

May 15, 2014 By now most orchards in the Champlain Valley should be at full pink, and a few blossoms were observed open today at the UVM Hort Research and Education Center in South Burlington. This is a critical time for management activities in the orchard, so here goes: We are still in a high […]

Fire Blight Alert

May 13, 2014 The orchards at the UVM Horticulture Research and Education Center are at open cluster to early pink, and some blooms are expected by the end of the week. NEWA fire blight models are predicting high to extreme risk for fire blight in the next four days for all sites in Vermont except […]

May Northern Grapes Newsletter

May 5, 2014 News You Can Use Grape Disease Management Anthracnose on grape berries. (Photo: Patty McManus)   Every experienced grape grower knows that good disease management program is a crucial component of growing high-quality grapes. Early season control is especially important, as flowers and small berries are quite susceptible to powdery mildew, downy mildew, […]

New Hampshire Irrigation Workshop

May 5, 2014 University of New Hampshire is conducting a drip irrigation workshop on Thursday May 22, 4:30 -8 PM, at Brookdale Fruit Farm, Hollis, NH. The program looks to be very thorough and well worth it especially if you are thinking of putting in a new system. Click the following link for all the […]

Vermont Apple IPM week of 5/5

May 5, 2014 All orchards in the state experienced extended apple scab infection periods from April 30 through today. Depending on your site, you may have had a break in the infection period from May 1-2, but for all intents and purposes, this was one that you needed to be covered for. If coverage was […]