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UMass Extension Fruit Program

The UMass Extension Fruit Program's mission is to assist fruit growers with all aspects of horticultural and pest management. It is part of the Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment within the College of Natural Sciences at the University of Massachusetts.

Climate, Weather and Apples publication

"Climate, Weather and Apples." Published February, 2017. Lois Wright Morton, Daniel Cooley, Jon Clements, Mark Gleason. Available as downloadable PDF here.

Apple (and other tree fruit) crop insurance deadline is November 20

A reminder that the deadline for getting apple (or other tree fruit) crop insurance for the 2019 crop year is November 20, 2018. For more information, see the information sheet "November 20th Deadline Nears for Fruit Producers" provided by the UMass Risk Management Education team of Tom Smiarowski and Paul Russell.

November 20th Deadline Nears for Fruit Producers

Apple Maggot Fly on watch

According to a recent Growing Produce web post, USDA has invested 4.7 million dollars to address critical plant pest problems. This includes "developing a multi-life stage management strategy for apple maggot through the integration of attract-and-kill and biological control" lead by  Dr. Jaime Pinero, UMass Extension Fruit Entomologist.