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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.

MFGA Annual Meeting and UMass Extension Education Program

MFGA Annual Meeting and UMass Extension Education Program

Thursday, January 10, 2019

9 AM to 3:30 PM

Great Wolf Lodge, 150 Great Wolf Drive, Fitchburg, MA

Registration -- $40 MFGA members, $50 non-MFGA members (includes lunch)

Register (by January 7!) and pay now using a credit card here:

OR Mail-in registration form and program

4 pesticide recertification credits requested

PROGRAM - Highlighting UMass research and then some...

Guest Speaker: Dan Donahue, Cornell Cooperative Extension Eastern NY Horticulture Program

9 to 9:30 AM - Coffee and check-in

9:30 - Welcome - Joanne Dinardo, MFGA President 

9:45 - Biological sprays for fire blight suppression - Daniel Cooley

10:00 - Copper, scab, fire blight, and russet: is there an answer? - Daniel Cooley 

10:15 - App Mash-up: MyIPM, NETFMG, Eco Apple App, and Malusim - Jon Clements 

10:30 - Precision thinning using the Malusim app: trials and tribulations - Jon Clements

10:45 - NC-140 Honeycrisp rootstock trials: yes, we have a rootstock for you! - Wes Autio

11:00 - Apogee and Honeycrisp bitter pit: yes, we have an answer for you! - Dan Donahue, Cornell
    Cooperative Extension Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program 

11:30 - MFGA Annual Meeting and buffet lunch

1 PM - RAD/SAD? Why are my young apple trees dying? - Dan Donahue, Cornell Cooperative   
    Extension Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program

1:30 - Brevis, the next chemical thinner for apples? - Duane Greene 

1:45 - When climate changes the apple scab rules and other such nonsense! - Liz Garofalo

2:00 - Brown marmorated stink bug in 2018, “Here’s Johnny!” - Liz Garofalo 

2:15 - Spotted wing drosophila: all over the place, but what can you do? - Jaime Pinero 

2:30 - Plum curculio and apple maggot fly: attract and terminate! - Jaime Pinero

2:45 - Swingers at UMass? No, not that kind! - the trellis kind for blackberry! - Sonia Schloemann 

3:00 - MFGA election results, pesticide credits, adjourn

Register (by January 7) and pay now using a credit card:

OR Mail-in registration form and program


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