Feb 15: UVM / VT Tree Fruit Growers Assn Winter Meeting

By Terence Bradshaw Please save the date for the 122nd UVM Apple Program & Vermont Tree Fruit Growers Association Annual Meeting and Conference to be held at the American Legion Hall in Middlebury, VT. The main focus for this year’s meeting will be on insect management, including: developing efficient and effective scouting programs; pollinator protection, […]

NEWA upgrade survey

By Dan Olmstead PLEASE PARTICIPATE IN OUR ONLINE NEWA SURVEY – help us build our new website! 1 September 2017 The Network for Environment and Weather Applications (NEWA) wants you to take our online survey — it’ll only take about 10 minutes of your time. Take the survey now: https://cornell.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0GRlhOIDI5HwbR3 Whether you’ve used NEWA’s online […]

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 […]

Orchard pest management, late July

By Terence Bradshaw Many growers, especially of pick-your-own or retail-sold fruit, are starting to think about wrapping up the pest management season for 2017. Before doing so, it is important to consider late-season insect and disease pests that could affect the crop going into harvest. Apple maggot numbers ticked up in a lot of orchards […]

Midsummer orchard management

By Terence Bradshaw July 9, 2017 As we move into midsummer, the busy hive of early season pest management is largely behind us, and we just need to keep a few things in mind. On the disease front, sooty blotch and flyspeck have the potential to be a big problem this year, so fungicide coverage […]

Midsummer vineyard management

By Terence Bradshaw July 9, 2017 Now that the July 4 holiday is past us, it’s time to really think about getting quality into those grapes on the vines. That doesn’t mean that the work that has gone into the 2017 crop hasn’t yet affected quality: the pruning, shoot adjustment, pest management, and other activities […]

Hail, tonight and in general

By Terence Bradshaw June 27, 2017 A pretty strong storm with high winds and hail just blew through East Montpelier and Calais; my colleague up in South Burlington reports barely a puff of wind up there. The point here is that hail may have affected area orchards, but as is usually the case, was highly […]

Borers and moths, plus a little on orchard diseases

By Terence Bradshaw June 26, 2017 There’s pretty much no question that apple scab ascospore release is done now, and only lesions from that primary scab season that became established in the trees can continue to spread the disease. There is a bit of scab out there; if you have any, then keep covered with […]

Disease management still critical in grapes

By Terence Bradshaw June 26, 2017 No one needs me to tell them that this has been a wet spring and now early summer. Most grapes are approaching, in, or maybe just exiting bloom across the state, and disease pressure continues to be possibly the highest of the season. Fungicide coverage should be maintained on […]

Orchard management- June 18, 2017

By Terence Bradshaw June 18, 2017 I am doing some last minute preparations for my summer cold-climate viticulture course which starts this week (and still has a few slots if you’re interested), so this will be relatively brief. Codling moth (CM) should be tended to in most orchards in the warmer valleys this week if […]