Slightly late, but the return of the UMASS March Message

By Terence Bradshaw

The late Dr. Ron Prokopy at UMASS was instrumental in pulling together the “March Message”, an pre-season update on IPM and other topics for tree fruit growers. Dr. Jaime Pinero, the ‘new’ UMASS Extension Entomologist, has revived this valuable tool, which I have attached here.

Key take-homes:

· Orchard sanitation this spring (especially critical for those who had scab issues last year)

· Disease management (rots, Marssonina)

· Insect management

· Invasive species status

· Plant growth regulators

· Pesticide updates

· Decision support systems

I also want to announce the pending publication of a print version of the New England Tree Fruit Management Guide. This has not been offered in print for several years. The printed guide will be a reformatted version of the material available online at I’ll post a notice when it is available to order. Copies will be $25 each.



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The UVM Tree Fruit and Viticulture Program is supported by the

University of Vermont Agriculture Experiment Station, a USDA NIFA E-IPM

Grant, and USDA Risk Management Agency Funds.

27th Annual March Message (2019) 2.pdf

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