Farm relief during COVID-19 crisis

By Terence Bradshaw Hi everyone: It was gorgeous outside today, which provided a good chance to get caught up on pruning, pushing brush, and prepping for a growing season that is right around the corner. This is not my usual message about orchard or vineyard management. Many of our fruit and vegetable farms rely on […]

March 21 Grape pruning cancelled

Hello: Due to social distancing measures and the need to maintain public safety, we are cancelling the Grape Pruning workshop that was to be held at the UVM Horticulture Research & Education Center on March 21. Here are some good pruning resources that may help guide you in pruning your vineyard: · Finger Lakes Grape […]

Upcoming orchard and vineyard workshops

By Terence Bradshaw It’s a little late in the season, but UVM Spring Break is approaching which means that we have some time to get out in the field and spend some hands-on time with apple and grape growers. The following workshops will be held in the coming weeks, please email me with questions or […]

Pruning grapevines

By Terence Bradshaw Winter is definitely here and so is the time to start pruning grapevines. I like to wait as late as possible to prune grapes, but be careful to give yourself enough time to get the job done before bud break. Consider that an acre of mature grapes may take 40 hours or […]

USDA Value Added Producer Grants Information Sessions

By Terence Bradshaw Hello: The USDA Value Added Producers Grants Program is now open for FY2020. This is a great program available to growers and businesses aimed at helping to scale up or investigate entering the value-added food, fiber, and wood products industries. I have reviewed these grants in the past, and this is an […]

Grape maturity testing, week of 9/13/2019

By Terence Bradshaw Grapes continue to be slow to ripen. Warm days later this week should move early cultivars (Brianna, St Croix) along a bit, but most grapes need quite a bit more heat accumulation before harvest. 9/13/2019 Cultivar Brix pH %TA (g/100ml) Brianna 16.1 2.85 0.71 Verona 16.5 2.75 1.40 St. Croix 17.2 2.93 […]

2019 grape maturity testing

By Terence Bradshaw September is here, and grape harvest will soon be ‘on’ in Vermont vineyards. While the spring was generally wet overall, diligent management should have left you with relatively disease-free grapes and vines. The dry, hot/warm weather since July has been great for grape maturity, but these recent cool nights are likely to […]

Vineyard management at veraison

By Terence Bradshaw First things first: I’m going off-line later today for a rare, two-week, no-work vacation. Please note that I won’t be responding to emails that come in during that time. Veraison is on or near in Vermont vineyards, which signals the start of the ripening period. That means a few things: 1. Get […]

Midsummer vineyard management; veraison management workshop August 6

By Terence Bradshaw We will host a veraison / preharvest vineyard management workshop at the UVM Horticulture Research & Education Center on August 6th, 3:00 – 4:30. This is folded into a larger Research Open House, I sent a flyer in a previous email (also available at: We will cover out latest research on […]

UVM Horticulture Research & Education Center Research Open House August 6, 2019.

By Terence Bradshaw Since 1952, the UVM Horticulture Research & Education Center has hosted projects that have furthered production of apples, small fruit, vegetables, and ornamental specialty crops in Vermont and the surrounding region Join UVM faculty, staff, and student researchers on August 6 (rain date August 9) as we show off our current research […]