February 13: VTFGA & UVM Apple Program Annual growers’ meeting

By Terence Bradshaw The agenda and registration for the 124th annual Vermont Tree Fruit Growers Association and UVBM Apple Program growers’ meeting is now available. Registration and agenda are at: http://go.uvm.edu/2020applemtg. Electronic registration is not set up at this time, please use the old-fashioned snail mail form in the link or check back shortly. I […]

Reminder: February 13 UVM Apple Program / VTFGA meeting

By Terence Bradshaw As the new year rolls over, I’d like to remind everyone of the 124th annual Vermont Tree Fruit Growers Association and UVM Apple Program annual meeting that will we held at the American Legion hall in Middlebury, VT on February 13. There are still a couple of agenda items we’re wrapping up, […]

Save the Date, Feb 13: UVM Apple Program / VT Tree Fruit Growers Assn Annual Meeting

By Terence Bradshaw The 124th annual UVM Apple Program / VT Tree Fruit Growers Association annual educational meeting is scheduled for February 13, 2020. It will again be held at the American Legion in Middlebury, VT. We are building a particularly interesting slate of speakers and presentations- stay tuned for that information. Registration will be […]

Preharvest orchard management

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. Harvest for early apple varieties is just around the corner. That brings in a few management items that should be tended to: 1. […]

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: http://go.uvm.edu/hrecresearchday). We will cover out latest research on […]

Midsummer orchard management

By Terence Bradshaw High summer is here, the time that apple growers can relax (a little), maybe go away for a few days, and just get ready for money to fall off the trees. While that’s a bit of an exaggeration, this has always been one of my favorite times in the apple season, as […]

Grape canopy management

By Terence Bradshaw High Summer is here, and this period from after July 4 through early August is the perfect time to apply some canopy management to the vineyard. By thinning and positioning shoots; removing unwanted clusters; and cleaning up trunks, we can significantly increase penetration of sunlight into the canopy and especially into the […]

Vineyard management at bloom

By Terence Bradshaw Many vineyards are in bloom across Vermont, and inflorescence looks good and bodes well for a promising year. As I’ve been saying all along, be sure to maintain spray coverage for the next couple of weeks; to remove any diseased tissue as you find it; and to do your best to maintain […]

Apple maggot fly traps

By Terence Bradshaw The time has come to hang apple maggot fly (AMF) traps in Vermont orchards. Last year, we saw higher populations state-wide, for which I don’t really have a good explanation. These are some of the easiest pests to manage using an IPM strategy, so there’s really no excuse. The idea is to […]