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Keeping Quality Forecast Archive

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2002 Final Keeping Quality Forecast

Thank goodness for the rainfall in April, where-in we did not come close to the normal 6.7 inches that falls that month. As in 2001, rainfall in April accounted for our only point of the sixteen possible keeping quality points. Consequently, the June 1, 2002 Keeping Quality Forecast is VERY POOR (as it was last year). Both April and May were warmer than desired and the May rainfall exceeded the desired amount for additional points. Consequently, this is another year you will need to be very careful with your fungicide usage, particularly if it is a bed for fresh fruit. Fruit quality will be sacrificed if you reduce your fungicide use drastically. Be especially conservative in those beds that were not managed and sprayed with fungicide last year or in those beds that had significant fruit rot/scald (especially Stevens for the latter). If the summer months are hotter than usual, if there is drought stress, or conversely, if it is a very wet season, we will not see any improvement in the forecast. Things will remain as they are predicted. One of these years, I hope we can return to a decent KQF!

2001 Final Keeping Quality Forecast

As a result, this certainly was a good year to hold late water and I know many of you did so onyour acreage. You will need to be very careful with your fungicide usage, particularly if the fruit is destined for fresh market. Fruit quality will be sacrificed if you reduce your fingicide use drastically.

If the summer months are hotter than usual, if there is drought stress, or conversely,if it is a very wet season, we will not see any improvement in the forecast. Things will remain as predicted.

2001 Preliminary Keeping Quality Forecast

As of April 1, there are 0 points out of a possible 10 that favor keeping quality for the 2001 MA cranberry crop. The forecast is for a VERY POOR keeping quality. The final forecast could be upgraded if we have a cool and dry April and May. Based on this present forecast, this would be a partiuculaarly good year to hold late water. Unless the forecast improves in June, we do NOT recommend cutting corners on fungicides applications or rates for fruit rot management, particularly in a bed that has a history of higher fruit rot incidence.

Thank goodness for the drought that began in April where no measurable rainfall occurred for 33 days. Rainfall in April accounted for our only point of the sixteen possible keeeping quality points. Consequently, the June 1 forecast is for a VERY POOR keeping quality for the 2001 Massachusetts cranberry crop. Both April and May were warmer than desired and the May rainfall exceeded the desired amount for additional points.

2000 Final Keeping Quality Forecast

Weather data through June 1 showed a total of 2 points of a possible 16 points that favor VERY POOR keeping quality for the 2000 Massachusetts cranberry crop. Based on the point allotment system, two points were attained only from the values for March sunshine. All other components in the system went the other way.

Consequently, this will not be a growing season to cut corners on fungicide application numbers or fungicide rates. Healthy vines should be maintained as best as one's management scheme allows through rainy perioeds or intervals of inadequate precipitation. If you have any questions on fruit rot management, please call me. This will be a growing season with many diffiuclt decisions to make, and this forecast make some of these decisions even harder.

2000 Preliminary Keeping Quality Forecast

As of April 1, there are 2 points out of a possible 10 that favor keeping quality for the 2000 MA cranberry crop. The only positive contributing factor was the sunshine hours for March. All other factos went the other way. The forecast is for a POOR TO FAIR keeping quality. The final forecast could be upgraded if we have a cool and dry April and May. Based on this present forecast, this would be a partiuculaarly good year to hold late water. See the February and April 2000 newsletters for specifics on holding the late water flood. Unless the forecast improves in June, we do NOT recommend cutting corners on fungicides applications or rates for fruit rot management, particularly in a bed that has a history of higher fruit rot incidence.

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