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IPM Message for Cranberry Growers: Aug 9, 2019

Aug 9, 2019

For Ocean Spray growers, no Sevin sprays can be made after July 31.  Some growers have been picking up flea beetle.  You should really have high numbers to justify a spray for this pest.

If you plan to do tissue tests, collect your samples from mid-August through mid-September. You can get your samples analyzed locally or send them off to UMass for analysis. Samples should contain no more than the top 2 inches of growth (no roots, soil, runners, or fruit). Collect tissue from vegetative and flowering uprights. You typically need about 1 cup of vine tissue. Do not collect samples when the vines are wet and do not send the samples in plastic resealable bags. Always request nitrogen determinations when you submit your samples.

The USDA has announced that direct cranberry grower payments under the Market Facilitation Program for tariff relief are now open. SIGN-UP FOR THE PROGRAM GOES THROUGH DECEMBER 6, 2019. You need to fill out an application with USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA). Growers should call their local field office and schedule an appointment for filling out the required form for payment. A list of FSA offices as well as more information on this program is available online at: https://www.farmers.gov/manage/mfp.

Payments will be broken into three installments with only the first payment guaranteed. Subsequent payments would be made at the discretion of the USDA and based on market conditions and trade opportunities in the coming months.  If you have any questions, please contact your local FSA office or your local grower organization.