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 […]

Apple Season is right around the corner

By Terence Bradshaw I’ve been seeing reports from areas south of us- recommendations for first scab spray in Connecticut; green tip on McIntosh in Massachusetts. And yet I awoke to another morning of accumulating snow and temperatures in the 20s. I haven’t seen a colder / slower start to the apple season in my roughly […]

Important: Government regulations survey

By Terence Bradshaw I understand survey fatigue- really. This one from my colleague Dr. Meredith Niles may be one of the most important ones you’ll see this year, as it goes across the usual topics and gets at the core of one the most important issues affecting farmers today, regulations. If you have a few […]

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 […]

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 […]

NEWA upgrade survey

By Dan Olmstead PLEASE PARTICIPATE IN OUR ONLINE NEWA SURVEY – help us build our new website! 1 September 2017 The Network for Environment and Weather Applications (NEWA) wants you to take our online survey — it’ll only take about 10 minutes of your time. Take the survey now: Whether you’ve used NEWA’s online […]

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 […]

Orchard pest management, late July

By Terence Bradshaw Many growers, especially of pick-your-own or retail-sold fruit, are starting to think about wrapping up the pest management season for 2017. Before doing so, it is important to consider late-season insect and disease pests that could affect the crop going into harvest. Apple maggot numbers ticked up in a lot of orchards […]

Midsummer orchard management

By Terence Bradshaw July 9, 2017 As we move into midsummer, the busy hive of early season pest management is largely behind us, and we just need to keep a few things in mind. On the disease front, sooty blotch and flyspeck have the potential to be a big problem this year, so fungicide coverage […]

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 […]