Apple scab management

April 30, 2015 by Terence Bradshaw Cool weather has kept bud development in orchards behind ‘normal’, and I’m hearing reports ranging from late dormant in high elevation inland orchards through early half-inch green in the warmer valleys. Bud development will be moving fast with expected warm temperatures through Tuesday, when rain showers are expected to […]

Orchard activities week of April 27

I go away for a week and nothing happens in the orchard. Not quite, but with the cool weather, trees have been advancing slowly. We reached green tip on McIntosh on Friday, April 24 at the UVM Hort Farm in South Burlington. This signals the real start of pest management season for us. Other, warmer […]

Vermont apple scab management in the coming week

Friday, April 17: I will be away starting Saturday April 18 through the 25th. I am sending this notice in anticipation of activity next week in my absence, but please recognize that it is made based on a fairly long-range prediction. We have seen no green tissue yet in South Burlington on any cultivars, and […]

April NGP News You Can Use: Winery Profitability News You Can Use Winery Profitability April 2015 Tug Hill Vineyards, Lowville, NY Photo: David Hansen, University of Minnesota In this issue of News You Can Use, we are highlighting two past Northern Grapes Project webinars, both by Gregg McConnell of Farm Credit East, who directs their Winery Benchmarks Program. In the first webinar, […]

Spring disease management in apples

I think it’s safe to say that spring is officially here, and the business or managing our orchards is about to pick up pace real fast. In walking the orchards at the UVM Hort Farm yesterday, I saw a lot of swollen, delayed-dormant buds, but only one cultivar, Zestar, which had reached silver tip. Given […]

2015 New England Tree Fruit Management Guides available

The 2015 edition of the New England Tree Fruit Management Guide is in and may be ordered at: 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. […]

Apple IPM Training – Northeastern NY

Cornell Cooperative Extension will host two IPM trainings for Apple Growers later this month: Champlain Valley: April 21st, Clinton County CCE Office (Plattsburgh) Upper Hudson Valley: April 22nd, Saratoga County CCE Office (Ballston Spa) This training will provide a review of the basics of Integrated Pest Management in a classroom style setting. Multiple presentations will […]