New England Apple Crop Insurance Listening Session

FYI: It looks like the USDA Risk Management Agency plans to make changes to the apple crop insurance policy. Here’s information on a listening session to cover proposed changes before they go in effect next year. From: Sereno, Alexander – FPAC-RMA, Raleigh, NC Sent: Friday, May 29, 2020 9:35 AM Subject: New England Apple Crop […]

Buds are bursting- 2020 season is on a roll

By Terence Bradshaw Growth in the UVM vineyard ranges from bud burst to 2-3 shoots emerged; a few shoots are nearing three inches in length. It’s time to really be thinking about protecting vines from early season disease infections. Most cold-climate cultivars will not need disease protection until 5-8” of shoot growth, but any vineyards […]

Petal fall

By Terence Bradshaw I know that some orchards are still in bloom, so the thinning and insect management portions of this message may not pertain. Hopefully everyone with any hint of risk for fire blight has treated sometime during this heat spell. Cooler weather this weekend and rapidly dropping blossoms will decrease risk, but until […]

Petal fall and spraying this week

By Terence Bradshaw What an amazing weekend it’s been, weather-wise. I still need to check bud stages, my cider varieties here at 1500’ elevation in central Vermont are still at around half-inch green, and so are not an indicator of what things look like around the state in more typical orchards. However, I imagine many […]

Fire blight & streptomycin questions

By Terence Bradshaw I’ve received a few questions about the fire blight alert: If you are in an inland/upland site and no bloom or fresh pruning wounds, this alert does not apply. However, I bet most apples in the state, aside from some late cider varieties, will be in bloom before this disease alert is […]

Fire blight alert

By Terence Bradshaw I’ll keep this short and to the point. In spite of, or rather in keeping with, what I said the other day, fire blight risk is increasing in Vermont orchards. I’m seeing sustained warm, sunny, relatively windless, and dry conditions for the next 5-7 days, with increasing risk of rain as next […]

Bloom, apple IPM

By Terence Bradshaw Apple bloom has started in much of the state, and the weather looks about as good as it gets for pollination and fertilization. It’s been dry since last Friday, and, in most sites, that rain wasn’t even as much as expected. So, water if you can, trees in bloom and setting fruit […]

Sheep in vineyards survey, bud beak

By Terence Bradshaw Dr. Justine Vanden Heuvel (Cornell University) is seeking participants for a conducting a survey to determine grower perceptions of using sheep to mow/sucker in vineyards. The goal of the survey is to guide future research and extension efforts in this area. The survey is completely anonymous. You can complete the survey by […]

Working Lands Enterprise Initiative Business Grants Funding Opportunity for COVID-19 Response

FYI From: Schimoler, Lynn Ellen Sent: Friday, May 15, 2020 7:55 PM To: AGR Subject: Working Lands Enterprise Initiative Business Grants Funding Opportunity for COVID-19 Response Hi, all: Please share this new funding opportunity with your agriculture & forestry sector contacts – it’s a very quick turnaround, and an exciting opportunity! The Working Lands Enterprise […]

USDA to Host Webinar for Producers Interested in Applying for Direct Payments through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program

Producers new to Farm Service Agency programs are encouraged to participate Trouble viewing this email? View it as a webpage. USDA to Host Webinar for Producers Interested in Applying for Direct Payments through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) and Farm Service Agency (FSA) will host […]