Safely Selling Local Food at Farm Stands and CSAs — Wed 5/6 12-1pm

Visit for more info. Safely Selling Local Food at Farm Stands and CSAs during COVID-19 When: Wednesday, May 6, 12-1 PM Where: You can call in by phone or connect through your computer on Zoom. Register here. Demand for local food is surging, and many Vermont farms are heeding the call to feed their […]

Video: Early season insect monitoring in orchards

As we shift into a new (not really) world of online content delivery, I’ll be beefing up the content on the UVM Orchard YouTube channel. Here’s a Video I did yesterday where I checked early season insect traps for European apple sawfly and tarnished plant bug.

U-Pick Farms: COVID-19 Recommendations and Webinar Tomorrow

Upcoming Webinar on U-Pick If you have questions about these recommendations, Laura McDermott, CCE Berry Specialist with the ENY Horticulture Team, is hosting a webinar. Best Management Practices for U-Pick During the COVID-19 Pandemic Thursday, April 30, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. · Join via Zoom online at: · Or dial by phone: 1-646-518-9805 […]

Oil application and expected rains Sunday-Monday

By Terence Bradshaw It didn’t take long after I posted my last recommendations for someone to point out to me that it’s unlikely that apple scab ascospores can be released through two inches of snow. Point taken. This cool weather has put things into that slow, on-hold pattern a bit, but activity will pick up […]

Grape Grower Webinars Planned for April 22 and May 13

By Terence Bradshaw Passing on information on two informative webinars that local growers should find useful.- TB The University of Minnesota Extension and University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension are teaming up to offer two webinars/Q&A sessions for grape growers in April and May. The goal of these events is to help growers refine their […]

Pesticide Training and Recertification Online Courses Available

Pesticide Training and Recertification Online Courses Available Online courses to help study for pesticide applicator exams and to provide recertification credits for certified pesticide applicators are offered by the UVM Extension Pesticide Safety Education Program. These on-demand, self-paced courses are presented through narrated video modules. Current courses: Northeast CORE Manual Review (no credit) Northeast CORE […]

Orchard management- slow and low

By Terence Bradshaw Here’s a real quick update. Bud stage in warmest Vermont orchard sites is around half-inch green (HIG). At that point, copper should not be applied unless you know the crop is going to cider, as copper applied at any effective rate for this time of year will russet the fruit finish. Frost […]

April 17 Trellis workshop canceled

Per UVM policy in accordance with Governor Scott’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” policy, the Trellis Building Workshop scheduled at the UVM Horticulture Research and Education Center is canceled. We hope to host the Vermont fruit growing community at the farm later this summer. Thanks, and be safe. Terry

Green tip has arrived in many Vermont orchards

By Terence Bradshaw Yesterday, April 9, we ‘called’ green tip at the UVM Horticulture Farm, orchards. This signals that buds are beginning to open, and therefore green tissue is present that may be susceptible to apple scab infection. The apple scab ascospore maturity model, which predicts the presence of mature overwintering inoculum that could infect, […]

Important: COVID-19 impact reporting

By Terence Bradshaw The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets is collecting farm-level data to assess the impact of COVID-19 and loss of business from break normal operations on area farms. Please fill out this short survey to contribute. The more data they have, the better their response can be. Thank you, Terry Where […]