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Extension in Southeastern Massachusetts

About Southeastern Massachusetts

The southeast region of Massachusetts is composed of Norfolk, Plymouth and Bristol counties. The largest city in the region is Brockton. Plymouth County funds and manages the 4-H Program in Plymouth County.

Gypsy Moth Outbreak in Massachusetts, 2016

When Joe Elkinton worries about gypsy moths, it is time everyone else in Massachusetts does, too. Elkinton is a professor of environmental conservation at UMass Amherst and an expert on this pest.  Recently he observed, “I would say almost surely this is the largest outbreak we’ve seen since 1981. This is unprecedented. It’s been 35 years. Defoliation caused by gypsy moth Lymantria dispar has occurred over this summer, in many parts of Massachusetts and the rest of New England.”

Gypsy Moth Damage to Trees

Jun 29, 2016


Welcome to the year of the gypsy moth caterpillar. The tiny critters are feasting on leaves and wreaking havoc on trees, mostly oak, but not exclusively. “I would say almost surely this is the largest outbreak we’ve seen since 1981,” said Joe Elkinton, professor of entomology in UMass Amherst’s department of environmental conservation. “This is unprecedented. It’s been 35 years." (Enterprise News 6/28/16)
 

University of Massachusetts Cranberry Station

Ahhh, cranberries. The very word conjures up an abundant Thanksgiving table, rich with the sights, smells, and tastes of a traditional Fall feast. This tiny fruit has become one of America’s gastronomic icons. However, with so many new cranberry-infused products on the market -- from juices to dried fruit to trail mix and snacks of all kinds -- enjoyment of cranberries has extended well beyond the November holiday. 

UMass Cranberry Station Offers Support to Local Growers

Nov 24, 2014

Carolyn DeMoranville has been leading a team of scientists and researchers at the UMass Cranberry Station for the last 30 years. The goal here is to improve on anything and everything related to cranberry production.

“Anything that would be involved in producing the crop, from nutrient management to water management to pest management,” DeMoranville said.

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