Immediate prebloom in grapes

By Terence Bradshaw Grape bloom is looming in many Vermont vineyards, and this is a critical time for disease and vine management. As we mention in our initial IPM strategy for winegrapes, all of the major diseases save for late-season fruit rots are sensitive to management right now. That means that fungicide applications should be […]

Early season vineyard management

By Terence Bradshaw Grapes are moving fast in Vermont vineyards, with most cultivars in the UVM vineyard at about 3” shoot growth. Shoot thinning now will give best results before the vines waste energy on growth that you won’t keep. We typically aim for 4-6 well-spaced shoots per foot of canopy, selecting for the most […]

Early season vineyard management

By Terence Bradshaw Buds have broken in Vermont vineyards and many vines are at 1-3” short growth. This brings up a few pest management considerations for your vineyards. Most cold-climate cultivars will not need disease protection until 5-8” of shoot growth, but any vineyards with heavy disease pressure last year may wish to begin earlier, […]

Produce Safety Training in St Johnsbury April 11

By Terence Bradshaw Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) Grower Training Course Hosted by University of Vermont Extension & Vermont Agency of Agriculture Date: April 11, 2018 Time: 7:30 AM–5:00 PM Location: The Summer Room at Springfield College St. Johnsbury 347 Emerson Falls Rd, St Johnsbury, VT 05819 Registration Link: https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/?eventid=2251020 Who Should Attend Fruit and vegetable […]

Available loans and grants for VT farmers

By Terence Bradshaw Below is a list of available programs for Vermont farmers: ******** From: Kate Stephenson Planning Projects on Your Farm This Spring? Thinking about investing in new infrastructure or equipment to grow your business in 2018? The Vermont Farm Fund can help with no-hassle, low-interest loans to Vermont farmers and value added food […]

Wine Distribution and Vermont Restaurants- Webinar 11/15

By Terence Bradshaw Wine Distribution and Vermont Restaurants A Virtual Workshop Wednesday, November 15th 8:30 am – 9:30 am An introduction to wine distribution and restaurant sales in Vermont. We will discuss: *How to evaluate using a distributor vs. self distribution *How to research distributors and determine which to approach *The basics of how to […]

Final mention for now: A succinct guide to FSMA compliance for small farms

By Terence Bradshaw Only when describing a new Federal initiative can we say the a 35-page guide is succinct, but this is an excellent resource that should answer many questions about implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act and how it applies to your farm: http://go.uvm.edu/fsmashortguide -Terry Where trade names or commercial products are used […]

Registration Open- New England Fruit & Vegetable Meetings December 12-14

By Terence Bradshaw Online registration is now open for the 2017 New England Fruit and Vegetable Meetings in Manchester, NH, to be held December 12-14. As usual, there will be sessions for growers of all scales, scopes, and specialty crops, including two sessions each for apples and grapes, a stone fruit session, a cider and […]

Food safety meeting November 7 & 8

By Terence Bradshaw I have received a number of questions regarding the November 7&8 Food Safety Training hosted by UVM Extension that I mentioned in a post this week. Below I summarize some quick answers from myself and UVM Extension’s Hans Estrin to the more common ones: 1. Will this training be offered again? This […]

Getting ready for harvest in orchards and vineyards…

By Terence Bradshaw Mid-August is approaching, and that means that fruit are beginning the ripening process in Vermont orchards and vineyards. This is an important time to plan some final management practices before things get too busy. Foliar (apple) and petiole (grape) tissue sampling: Now is the time to collect plant tissue samples for nutrient […]