Lime sulfur in vineyards question

By Terence Bradshaw I have discussed the use of lime sulfur in a pre-bud break spray to reduce overwintering disease inoculum on grapes, and this looks like a good time to be thinking about that practice. Multiple people have asked me the same question which tells me that more have it as well, so I […]

Early season vineyard management

By Terence Bradshaw We’ve got just about one month to go before vines start to wake up and start doing their thing for the 2018 season. That’s one month to wrap up your pruning, clear the brush, and get things in order before the seasonal management activities start in earnest. Late winter is a good […]

Final mention for now: A succinct guide to FSMA compliance for small farms

By Terence Bradshaw Only when describing a new Federal initiative can we say the a 35-page guide is succinct, but this is an excellent resource that should answer many questions about implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act and how it applies to your farm: http://go.uvm.edu/fsmashortguide -Terry Where trade names or commercial products are used […]

Registration Open- New England Fruit & Vegetable Meetings December 12-14

By Terence Bradshaw Online registration is now open for the 2017 New England Fruit and Vegetable Meetings in Manchester, NH, to be held December 12-14. As usual, there will be sessions for growers of all scales, scopes, and specialty crops, including two sessions each for apples and grapes, a stone fruit session, a cider and […]

Food safety meeting November 7 & 8

By Terence Bradshaw I have received a number of questions regarding the November 7&8 Food Safety Training hosted by UVM Extension that I mentioned in a post this week. Below I summarize some quick answers from myself and UVM Extension’s Hans Estrin to the more common ones: 1. Will this training be offered again? This […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Wild grape bloom starts the clock for grape berry moth management

By Terence Bradshaw June 12, 2017 There is a wild grape that overhangs the South Burlington bike path just east of the UVM Hort Farm that I run by several days per week. Last Friday, June 9, it went into bloom (it was not blooming on my run the day before). Why is this important? […]

Grape tumid gall maker- curiosity and management

By Terence Bradshaw June 8, 2017 One of the great things about growing grapes in Vermont is that, by and large (and compared to my other crop, apples), the pest management is relatively simple- four or so well-timed fungicides sprays, and an insecticide aimed at grape berry moth. There are other considerations for unique situations: […]