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 […]

Grape pest management, June 19

By Terence Bradshaw June 19, 2019 It’s always impressive to me how fast grapevines can go from zero to full foliage in a matter of a couple of weeks. Vines at the UVM Horticulture Research & Education Center are generally at 16-24” shoot growth. We’re not quite at “Immediate Pre-Bloom” stage, but not far off, […]

Petal fall and then some (sometimes quite a bit more)…

By Terence Bradshaw Orchards in the highest elevation and coolest areas are at or just past petal fall, so all the advice I’ve had for other growers applies there as well now. All orchards should have started or, more likely, completed chemical thinning by now. Fabulous thinning weather occurred last week and those who applied […]

Expect insect activity to pick up later this week

By Terence Bradshaw Finally, it looks like we’ll be entering an extended stretch of warm, sunny weather starting Thursday and especially Friday and lasting through the weekend. In South Burlington, we’re expecting temperatures just near 80°F by Sunday. That is great weather to drive plum curculio and European apple sawfly activity, so I suggest treating […]