NEW LINK: Register for the Dormant Grapevine Pruning Workshop and Commercial Grower Panel on January 13, 2021

I’ve repaired the bad link I previously sent out. This should be of interest to growers who are getting started with pruning. The weather has been nice for it. -TB

Dormant Grapevine Pruning Workshop and Commercial Grower Panel

Presenters: Cain Hickey, Penn State Extension Viticulturist, Tremain Hatch, Virginia Tech. University Viticulture Extension Associate, and Mizuho Nita, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, Virginia Tech University.

The presenters will discuss the fundamentals of dormant pruning, address considerations for cane and spur pruning, and review disease management in the dormant period. A grower panel will follow the presentations.

When: Wednesday, January, 13 2021 (10:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET).

To register: https://extension.psu.edu/dormant-grapevine-pruning-workshop-and-commercial-grower-panel

This is a Zoom meeting, and pre-registration is required.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

The Penn State Wine and Grape Team

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Winter meetings, including Vermont Apple Growers’ Meeting Feb 18

Happy New Year:

Despite the inconvenience to our schedules and activities from necessary social distancing; the physical and mental health toll taken by our friends and neighbors during this pandemic; and the recent turmoil that threatened the core institutions of our government, I am hopeful and planning for a productive 2021 season. To that end, I’d like to remind you of the 2021 New England Winter Fruit Seminar Series (more information at: https://ag.umass.edu/fruit/news-events/new-england-winter-fruit-seminar-series).

I am also happy to invite you to the UVM Fruit Program and Vermont Tree Fruit Growers Association 125th Annual meeting, to be held February 18, 12:00 – 2:00 PM. To register. Please go to: http://go.uvm.edu/2021applemtg. The meeting will be held on Zoom (at the link just provided) and is free to attend, but pre-registration is required. That said, this meeting has always been a collaboration of the UVM Fruit Program and the VTFGA. Since I’ve been involved pretty closely with both, as head of the former now and past president of the latter for five years, it’s not always clear that the two are different and have separate goals and charges. The work of the UVM Fruit Program is available publicly to fruit growers in Vermont and beyond, anyone can attend this meeting through the link provided. The VTFGA is an industry support organization, and provides marketing, networking, and technical support services to members. Please find the VTFGA materials in the attached materials. VTFGA is supported by its members, and membership information may be found at: https://vt-tree-fruit-growers-association-annual-dues.cheddarup.com/

I look forward to seeing you on February 18, or at any of the other meetings we’re collaborating on with the other New England universities this winter.

Best,

Terry

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Register for the Dormant Grapevine Pruning Workshop and Commercial Grower Panel on January 13, 2021

This should be of interest to growers who are getting started with pruning. The weather has been nice for it. -TB

From: Wine Grape Newsletter On Behalf Of psuwineandgrapes@psu.edu
Subject: [WINEGRAPE-L] Register for the Dormant Grapevine Pruning Workshop and Commercial Grower Panel on January 13, 2021

Dormant Grapevine Pruning Workshop and Commercial Grower Panel

Presenters: Cain Hickey, Penn State Extension Viticulturist, Tremain Hatch, Virginia Tech. University Viticulture Extension Associate, and Mizuho Nita, Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, Virginia Tech University.

The presenters will discuss the fundamentals of dormant pruning, address considerations for cane and spur pruning, and review disease management in the dormant period. A grower panel will follow the presentations.

When: Wednesday, January, 13 2021 (10:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET).

To register: https://extension.psu.edu/dormant-grapevine-pruning…

This is a Zoom meeting, and pre-registration is required.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

The Penn State Wine and Grape Team

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Upcoming webinar on Grapevine Nutrition: Nutrient Requirements, Tissue Tests, and Mycorrhizae

Some of you may be interested in this upcoming webinar from Penn State Viticulture And Enology team. -TB

Grapevine Nutrition: Nutrient Requirements, Tissue Tests, and Mycorrhizae

Presenter: Paul Schreiner, Plant Physiologist, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Horticultural Crops Research, Corvallis, OR.

To be covered: This live webinar will review the basics of plant nutrition and the tissue tests used to assess the nutrient status of grapevines. There will be research presented on the N, P, and K requirements of Pinot noir and corresponding tissue test values needed to achieve production goals. Lastly, we will discuss the management of mycorrhizal fungi in vineyards.

When: Wednesday, January 20, 2021 (3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET)

To register: https://extension.psu.edu/grapevine-nutrition-nutrient-requirements-tissue-tests-and-mycorrhizae

Webinars are offered at no charge, but registration is required.

Webinar: Adding Tree Fruit to a Diversified Farm

This may be a bit entry-level for most on this list, but I here’s the login information for my lecture tomorrow, Adding Tree Fruit to a Diversified Farm, which is part of the Vermont Vegetable and Berry Grower Webinar Series. 12:00 – 1:00 PM, Weds Dec 9.

Join the webinar using your computer or smartphone using this link: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/292726101 or by dialing in by phone +1 (224) 501-3412 and enter this passcode when prompted: 29272610

Slides and recordings of past webinars, and the list of planned webinars are posted at:

https://www.uvm.edu/extension/horticulture/vermont-vegetable-and-berry-grower-webinar-series

-Terry

Important changes to UVM Fruit website, and upcoming winter educational opportunities

As we shift into winter, I’d like to highlight some changes among the UVM Fruit program, and to present a number of opportunities for learning and networking this season. First, our website which has been operating since 2013 was retired on fairly short notice when the background sofytware was retired by . Thanks to the Extension Web Team, we now have a new site shared with the Vegetable Program, now together known as UVM Commercial Horticulture. The site is not completely migrated yet, but is largely in-place at: https://www.uvm.edu/extension/horticulture/commercial. Please update your bookmarks, but save the “…this link is broken…” emails for a bit until we can get things squared away. The complementary UVM Fruit Blog is still available, but will likely be tweaked a bit this winter to make specific material easier to find. Consider the website as the main site for static information, and the blog as a place where I post more time-sensitive material, particularly an archive of all emails sent to our mailing lists.

One of the key outputs of our program is the annual Vermont Tree Fruit Grower Association meeting held every February. Obviously, that is not going to happen this year. On the other hand, we do have a number of online meetings and webinars that will provide opportunity for learning, collaboration, and to acquire pesticide applicator’s recertification credits. These will happen under different banners, so I’ll summarize them below. All of these require preregistration, and each platform has a different sign up.

2020 Vermont Vegetable and Berry Grower Webinar Series registration (all use same link, on right side of page)

  • 12/2/2020: Bags, Liners, Containers – So Many Options – Chris Callahan
  • 12/9/2020: Adding Tree Fruit to a Diversified Farm – Terry Bradshaw
  • 12/16/2020: VVBGA Meet and Greet. Lisa McDougall, Justin Rich, Andy Jones

2020 UVM Fruit Program / VT Tree Fruit Growers Assoc Annual Meeting.

  • 2/18/2021: Meeting hosted by UVM Fruit Program on Zoom; VTFGA will handle registration (watch for details)

2020-2021 New England Winter Fruit Meetings registration page (not all meetings set up for registration yet)

A collaboration among the New England Tree Fruit Extension Professionals. Most of these meetings will qualify for pesticide recertification credits.

  • 1/12/2021: Harvista and SmartFresh on Honeycrisp and Other Varieties; CA Storage Techniques Presenter: Jennifer DeEll, OMAFRA and Randolph Beaudry, MSU
  • 1/19/2021 : Training and Pruning Strategies for Healthy and Productive Peach Trees Presenter: Bill Shane, MSU
  • 1/26/2021: Blueberry Twig Blight Diseases Presenter: Mark Longstroth, MSU
  • 2/9/2021: Cider Apples in 2021: Where Do We Stand? Presenters: Terry Bradshaw and Liz Garofalo
  • 2/16/2021: Invasive Insect Pests: Spotted Wing Drosophila, Brown Marmorated Stink Bug and Spotted Lantern Fly Presenter: Jaime Piñero, UMass
  • 3/3/2021: Managing a Trickster: Adventures in Apple Maggot Control Presenter: Suzanne Blatt, Ag Canada
  • 3/10/2021: Research Update on Early-Season Insect Pests Presenter: Jaime Piñero, UMass and Glen Koeher, UMaine Extension
  • 3/17/2021: Honeycrisp Bitter Pit and Soft Scald Management Presenters: Renae Moran and Glen Koehler, UMaine Extension
  • 3/23/2021: Tree Row Volume: What it is, why it matters and when to use it Presenter: Terry Bradshaw, UVM
  • 3/30/2021: Network for Environment and Weather Applications (NEWA) 2.0 – Project Upgrades 2021 Presenter: Dan Olmstead, NEWA

There are more details to come on all of these, and each will be outlined in later posts. I look forward to a productive winter, and wish everyone the best during this holiday season.

Take care,

Terry

Buy Local Holiday Shopping Campaign–Apply by Wednesday at 5 PM

The Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets in collaboration with the Department of Tourism is running a buy local campaign this holiday season to highlight Vermont producers and merchants. Statewide, the campaign will encourage online and brick-and-mortar shopping at Vermont-based merchants. Regionally, the campaign will support online sales of Vermont-made products.

Businesses interested in being considered for inclusion in this promotional campaign must submit an application by Wednesday, November 18, 2020 at 5:00pm EST. You can find the short, 1-page application for retailers and makers here. The application closes on Wednesday at 5 pm and the eligibility criteria is below. Don’t wait, apply now!

Producers/Maker Eligibility:

To be eligible to participate in this program, applicants must:

  • be headquartered in Vermont
  • produce product that:
    • is primarily made/transformed in Vermont
    • aligns with a product category that is part of this program (Specialty Food Products, Craft Beverage, Wearables, Home Goods, Personal Care & Beauty Products, Toys & Children’s Gifts)
    • is suitable for gifts
    • sell products online
    • be willing and able to offer a 10% discount via a code (to be provided) and be willing to share information about the code’s usage at your online store
    • be able to ship products within the U.S. (There is an exception for products with limited distribution due to federal and/or state regulations.)

Merchants/Retailers Eligibility:

To be eligible to participate in this program, applicants must:

  • be headquartered in Vermont
  • have a physical store location in Vermont
  • offer products that:

· are suitable for gifts

· align with one or more product categories that are part of this program (Specialty Food Products, Craft Beverage, Wearables, Home Goods, Personal Care & Beauty Products, Toys & Children’s Gifts)

Best,

Gina

– – – – – – – – – –

Gina Clithero (she/her)

Agriculture Development Specialist

Vermont Produce Program | Vermont Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets

116 State St. Montpelier, Vermont 05620-2901

gina.clithero | (802) 585-6225

vermontagriculture.com

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New England Winter Fruit Meetings

In lieu of in-person meetings this winter, the Extension programs of the New England universities are together offering a schedule of online webinars. Most webinars will offer pesticide applicator recertification credits, and all are free of charge. There are some rules to get those credits, though- you’ll need to sign on at the beginning, stay on for the duration, and answer a few questions along the way. I’ll be sending details as each approaches, or find up-to-date details at: https://ag.umass.edu/fruit/news-events/new-england-winter-fruit-seminar-series

Fast-track Your VCAAP Application

Forwarding from the VT Agency of Agriculture. -TB

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Fast-track Your VCAAP Application

We’ve been working hard to get as much information out to potential VCAAP applicants as possible, and recently we got to thinking: maybe we’ve created an information-overload. And maybe you’re paralyzed by too many FAQ sheets and application guides?

So… we’ve taken all the guides, webinars, and government jargon and distilled the information down into 2-minute how-to videos that have all the essential information you need to complete an application!

If you haven’t applied yet, we are very confident that these videos are worth your two minutes! Plus, you get to hear our coworkers’ surprisingly soothing radio voices. We think they could moonlight with those skills.

Show me those snappy videos!
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Working Lands Opportunities for Service Providers & Organizations

Service Provider Grants Applications
Eligible projects include direct and indirect services to support development of Vermont-based working lands businesses through technical assistance and other forms of support. Previous recipients may apply. Deadline: November 1

Contract Proposals
Organizations may apply for contracts in a specific service area which assist food, farm, forest and/or wood products businesses. Funding for contracts will range from $50,000-$100,000. Deadline: November 20

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Expanded Economic Recovery Grants

Agency of Commerce and Community Development and the Department of Taxes are administering a new round of grants for businesses.

Webinars overviewing both applications are hosted by leadership from both ACCD and Dept. of Taxes.

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Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan Forgiveness

The SBA Vermont District Office hosts a free webinar from 11:30am – 12:30pm each Tuesday and Thursday to discuss Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) forgiveness. To streamline the PPP forgiveness process, a simpler forgiveness application for loans of $50,000 or less was recently released. More than 8,000 Vermont small businesses are eligible to use the new, simpler form. Download the PPP Loan Forgiveness Application Form 3508S.
For more information, email: susan.mazza

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10th Annual Farm to Plate Network Gathering

This year’s virtual event will focus on the transition to Farm to Plate’s next 10-year strategic plan. Breakout sessions will focus on priority issues that have emerged through stakeholder engagement and public input. We’ll also hear stories of adaptation and transition in the food system during COVID-19. F2P will cover the registration fee for farmers, food workers, or food business owners who need financial assistance. Learn about scholarships and register now!

Dates: November 12 – 13

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Fall post-harvest herbicide application

[tree fruit, IPM]

Passing this on from Mary Concklin at UCONN.

Herbicide Applications this Fall

There are a couple of times during the year when the timing of herbicides will have the largest positive impact on your weed management – fall and spring. Herbicides applied at other times during the season are good for eliminating those few pesky weeds that managed to sneak through, often times because of extended wet periods.

Summer annual weeds: they likely died off with a hard frost earlier this fall. Pre-emergent herbicides applied this fall will help to control new annual weed germination in the spring. It is also easier to apply this time of the year than during the busy wet spring when, in some years, it is difficult to get into the fields before germination occurs.

Fall applications: For all perennial weeds, a combination of pre- and post-emergent materials will provide the best results as long as the application is made while the emerged weeds are still alive. Applications made after they have been hit with a hard frost can be with pre-emergent materials only which aims at moving the herbicide into the root zone and impacting emergence in the spring.

Some materials perform better in the fall because of their mode of action. Glyphosate/Roundup is a systemic that moves into the plant. In late summer and fall, plants are moving food reserves to the roots. Glyphosate applied at this time will also move to the root system and kill the plant. In the spring, movement is upward in plants as they grow, so glyphosate applications made at that time have less of a chance of giving you the results you are looking for.

Organic growers also have organic herbicides available. These are contact not systemic materials and work best when applied to young weeds for knockdown. They will need to be re-applied several times throughout the growing season.

Brad Majek, Rutgers, offers the following about timing:

Apply herbicides to the tree row in established orchards twice annually, in late fall and in late spring. Herbicides applied in late October or early November control winter annuals, certain perennials, and early season summer annuals. Spring herbicide applications extend summer annual weed control through harvest. Advantages of two herbicide applications per year include:

1. Control of winter annual weeds, including camphorweed, wild lettuce and horseweed (marestail) and summer annual weed control for the same cost as most single application weed control programs.

2. Improved spring labor and equipment distribution requirements by controlling early summer annual weeds with residual herbicides applied the previous fall, thus delaying the need to spray in the spring until May or early June.

3. Increased consistency of weed control treatments, especially control of summer annual weeds when dry weather follows the spring herbicide application.

4. Decreased risk of crop injury, since each herbicide application must last less than a full year. Herbicides can be alternated and rates can be reduced or split to improve crop safety.

5. Decreased competition from established winter annual weeds and summer annual weed seedlings in March, April, and May for fertilizer and water when the trees begin to grow.

Late Fall Herbicide Applications should include a translocated post emergence herbicide, and a residual broadleaf herbicide. A residual grass herbicide may also be applied in the fall. Apply 2,4-D to control emerged winter annual broadleaf weeds tank-mixed with Princep for residual control. Consider a labeled glyphosate product if perennial weeds are present and treatment is recommended in the fall. The use of a grass herbicide in the fall depends on the product chosen. Kerb 50WP is the only grass herbicide that must be applied in the fall, if it is used, to control certain cool season perennial grasses. An additional residual annual grass herbicide is needed in the spring to provide full season summer annual grass control following a fall application of Kerb 50WP. Solicam 90DF, Surflan 80WP, Devrinol 50WP and Prowl 4EC (non-bearing only) are annual grass herbicides that should be applied in late fall or as a split application, half in the fall and the second half in the spring. Use the split application when grass pressure is heavy for best results. The use of these herbicides in spring only has resulted in inconsistent weed control when dry weather followed the application.

Information on tree fruit herbicides may be found at: https://netreefruit.org/weeds

Where trade names or commercial products are used for identification, no discrimination is intended and no endorsement is implied. Always read the label before using any pesticide. The label is the legal document for the product use. Disregard any information in this message if it is in conflict with the label.

The UVM Tree Fruit and Viticulture Program is supported by the University of Vermont Agriculture Experiment Station, UVM Extension, USDA NIFA E-IPM Program, and USDA Risk Management Agency.

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