Oil application and expected rains Sunday-Monday

By Terence Bradshaw It didn’t take long after I posted my last recommendations for someone to point out to me that it’s unlikely that apple scab ascospores can be released through two inches of snow. Point taken. This cool weather has put things into that slow, on-hold pattern a bit, but activity will pick up […]

Grape Grower Webinars Planned for April 22 and May 13

By Terence Bradshaw Passing on information on two informative webinars that local growers should find useful.- TB The University of Minnesota Extension and University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension are teaming up to offer two webinars/Q&A sessions for grape growers in April and May. The goal of these events is to help growers refine their […]

Orchard management- slow and low

By Terence Bradshaw Here’s a real quick update. Bud stage in warmest Vermont orchard sites is around half-inch green (HIG). At that point, copper should not be applied unless you know the crop is going to cider, as copper applied at any effective rate for this time of year will russet the fruit finish. Frost […]

Green tip has arrived in many Vermont orchards

By Terence Bradshaw Yesterday, April 9, we ‘called’ green tip at the UVM Horticulture Farm, orchards. This signals that buds are beginning to open, and therefore green tissue is present that may be susceptible to apple scab infection. The apple scab ascospore maturity model, which predicts the presence of mature overwintering inoculum that could infect, […]

COVID-19 business resources, green tip approaching in VT orchards

By Terence Bradshaw First, UVM Extension Farm Viability Program has posted a page of resources for farm businesses related to emergency loans, grants, and other updates from state agencies: http://blog.uvm.edu/farmvia/?p=1805. Of particular interest to the framing community is the Paycheck Protection Program which provides low-interest, forgiveable loans to small businesses to cover payroll, mortgage interest, […]

Pre bud break vineyard management; COVID-19 farm business resources

By Terence Bradshaw First, UVM Extension Farm Viability Program has posted a page of resources for farm businesses related to emergency loans, grants, and other updates from state agencies: http://blog.uvm.edu/farmvia/?p=1805. Of particular interest to the framing community is the Paycheck Protection Program which provides low-interest, forgiveable loans to small businesses to cover payroll, mortgage interest, […]

Followup information from Feb 13 annual Apple growers’ meeting

By Terence Bradshaw I’ve been taking notes during today’s VTFGA / UVM Apple Program annual meeting. This is useful even if you didn’t make the meeting on Feb 13. Here goes: 1. Slides from the talks will be available at: http://www.uvm.edu/~fruit/?Page=treefruit/tf_meetings.html&SM=tf_submenu.html They should be up there shortly. 2. Please consider taking our pretty short survey […]

Thoughts on spring approaching in Vermont orchards

By Terence Bradshaw In contrast to the rest of the population, those of us in the fruit growing community hate warm March weather, and this year looks like another which will potentially give us early bud break, at least in the warmer parts of the state in Bennington county and the Connecticut Valley. Reports out […]

Apple producers’ meeting is on for tomorrow, Thursday Feb 13 in Middlebury

By Terence Bradshaw The weather for overnight tonight and into tomorrow is a little dicey, with 3-5 inches of snow, total, expected through tomorrow afternoon. Given the logistics of rescheduling, we’re going to keep the meeting date for tomorrow’s UVM Apple Program / VT Tree Fruit Growers Association 124th Annual Meeting. American Legion Hall, 49 […]

Electronic Registration is Open- February 13 VTFGA & UVM Apple Program Annual growers’ meeting

By Terence Bradshaw Notice: Early bird (discounted) registration ends February 4. Electronic registration is now open at: https://my.cheddarup.com/c/vt-tree-fruit-growers-association-annual-dues 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. I am personally excited by the quality and breadth […]