Vineyard spraying and wet weather

by Terence Bradshaw After one of the driest Mays on record, we are closing out June as one of the wettest in many areas, and that means the potential for diseases in Vermont vineyards. Recent weather has been excellent for development of our major diseases: phomopsis, black rot, powdery mildew, downy mildew, and anthracnose. I […]

Nectria twig blight and summer insect pests.

by Terence Bradshaw We’re in a bit of a quiet window for pest management in Vermont orchards. Apple scab primary ascospore release is done, and if you have no scab in the orchard, you’re done for the year managing that disease. For anyone with a scab issue, maintaining fungicide coverage every 10-14 days or after […]

Managing frost-damaged vines

by Terence Bradshaw Tim Martinson at Cornell Cooperative Extension recently wrote a thorough blog post about managing frost-damaged vines that may be found at:

June 30 Orchard Tour Agenda

by Terence Bradshaw Please see the attached itinerary for the June 30 Champlain Valley Orchard Tour. Cornell Entomologist Peter Jentsch will be with us on the tour to discuss summer insect pest management. We will begin at 9:30 AM at Hick’s Orchard in Granville, NY, then travel north to Champlain and Sentinel Pine Orchards in […]

Orchard management week of June 15

by Terence Bradshaw Apparently I need to go away for a week for us to get any significant moisture, and boy did we get it. The good news is that apple scab ascospores should be all released now, so if you maintained good protection during the primary infection season, You should be done by now. […]

Save the Date: Champlain Valley Orchard Tour June 30

by Terence Bradshaw Please consider joining us for a tour of Champlain Valley orchards sponsored by the UVM Fruit Team, UVM Extension Risk Management Agency, Vermont Tree Fruit Growers Association, and Cornell Cooperative Extension on June 30, 2015. Final details are still being arranged, and an agenda will be forthcoming. Cornell Entomologist Peter Jentsch will […]

June 2015 Northern Grapes Project News You Can Use: Herbicide Drift News You Can Use   Herbicide Drift June 2015 2,4-D damage on Baco Noir in western New York. Fan-shaped leaves are almost always seen with 2,4-D injury. Photo: Tim Weigel, Cornell University Damage from herbicide drift is, unfortunately, something that a number of grape growers are all too familiar with. The effects of off-target […]

Vermont Agency of Agriculture – Mobile Flash Freeze No Cost Transfer – RFP & Open House

by Terence Bradshaw Kristina Sweet from the Vermont Agency of Agriculture has asked me to forward this to potentially interested parties. Please refer all questions to her, her contact information is below. – Mobile Individual Quick Freeze No Cost Transfer The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets (VAAFM) will conduct a no cost transfer […]

Post-rain pest management

June 2, 2015 by Terence Bradshaw We are coming out of the biggest apple scab infection period of the season in Vermont orchards, and despite model predictions, I and many others in the region are assuming that there were plenty of mature ascospores that were released since rains started on Sunday. For orchards that were […]