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 […]

Apple and blueberry pruning workshop, April 8. Elmore, VT

By Terence Bradshaw Posting this for Elmore Roots Nursery. If anyone else has similar, financially accessible educational opportunities, feel free to send them to me for distribution. –TB Pruning Apple Trees and Blueberries, April 8th 1:00 – 3:30 p.m. – Workshop taught by Patrick Sullivan of Ananda Gardens, formerly apple tree pruner at Shelburne Orchards […]

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 […]

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: -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 […]

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 […]