2018 New England Tree Fruit Management Guide

By Terence Bradshaw

At long last, we have a new printed version available of the New England Tree Fruit Management Guide (NETFMG). This announcement comes with a caveat, however, that this new guide reflects the path that we (the authors include the tree fruit specialists in all six New England States) expect to continue on for the foreseeable future.

Many list subscribers are familiar with the shift since 2015 from a printed guide published in collaboration with Cornell Cooperative Extension to an online guide that is similar in structure and publication to the New England Small Fruit Production Guide. That is, the main guide resides online, in a responsive site that is viewable on mobile devices and can be updated any time between production runs. Every two years, a ‘snapshot’ of the guide is formatted and printed for use by growers who wish to have a hard copy. We have been migrating material over to the electronic NETFMG (netreefruit.org) site, and have taken that snapshot which is available as a print-on-demand booklet here: http://go.uvm.edu/netfmg.

That was my long way of saying that the NETFMG is and always will be available at http://netreefruit.org/, which you should bookmark for regular use. If you’d like a hard copy, know that it will be out of date whenever there’s a change in registered IPM materials or should updated research material be available, and pick it up at the link listed above.

On a final note- it looks like there’s time to wrap up pruning in a reasonable time, because cooler-than-normal temperatures predicted for the foreseeable future should be conducive to a quiet and on-schedule bud break. If you have a chance to drag out your sprayers on a warm day and get them calibrated, that wouldn’t be a bad idea, but know that you’ll likely need to drain any water out of the plumbing before storing away for any of the remaining frosty nights. I’ve cracked a spray manifold after a 27° night, so it doesn’t take much.

-TB

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