Warm temperatures and pruning

by Terence Bradshaw I’ve had some growers inquire and there has been general chatter lately about the risk of pruning apples and grapes now, given the warm weather we’ve been having. My advice will apply equally to apple and grape growers, with lessening degrees of caution: hold off as long as you can. The danger […]

January 12 NGP Webinar Announcement and Registration – Terroir and Typicity in Cold Hardy Grapes

The Northern Grapes Project Webinar Series “Terroir and Typicity in Cold Hardy Grapes” Anna Katharine Mansfield Cornell University Tuesday, January 12th, 2016 12:00 Noon Eastern (11:00 am Central) 7:00 pm Eastern (6:00 pm Central) The marketing power of varietal typicity and wine terroir is undeniable, but can be hard for producers (and consumers!) to fully […]

Feb 18, 2016: UVM Apple Pgm & VFTGA Ann Mtg

by Terence Bradshaw Please save the date for Thursday, February 18 for the 120th Vermont Tree Fruit Growers Association and UVM Apple Program annual meeting. The meeting will be held at the American Legion in Middlebury, VT. registration details will come early in the New Year. This meeting will include: basics for running an IPM […]

December Northern Grapes Project News You Can Use – Trellis Systems, Pruning, and Training

News You Can Use   Trellis Systems, Pruning, and Training December 2015 Frontenac grapevines trained (from left to right) high-wire cordon, mid-wire cordon with VSP, Geneva double curtain, and Smart Dyson in the Iowa Northern Grapes training system trial. Photo: Paul Domto A major component of any vineyard management system is training and pruning vines […]

2016 Northern Grape Symposium and Michigan Grape and Wine Conference.

February Michigan Grape and Wine Conference and Northern Grapes Symposium Registration Open! The 2016 Michigan Grape and Wine Conference and Northern Grapes Symposium will be held at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in Kalamazoo February 24-26. Complete conference details are posted at www.michiganwines.com/conference. 2016 Northern Grapes Symposium Kicks Off the Conference February 24 Super Hardy Grape […]

New England Public Meeting on Final FSMA Rules – Monday, December 14 – Brattleboro, VT

I’m forwarding this notice from Kristina Sweet at VT Agency of Agriculture of next week’s meeting in Brattleboro to discuss implementation of the recently finalized rules for the Food Safety Modernization Act. This should be of interest to everyone on this list. –TB Dear New England Food Systems Colleagues, I’m writing to share the final […]

Winter meetings reminder

A gentle reminder and heads-up of upcoming meetings: 1. New England Vegetable and Fruit Meetings, December 15-17, 2015 in Manchester, NH: http://www.newenglandvfc.org/registration.html. There are two Tree Fruit sessions on Tuesday, December 15, one Stone Fruit session on Wednesday, December 16, and two Viticulture sessions on December 17. There is also a Hard Cider session which […]