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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 Summer Meeting July 10
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The Massachusetts Fruit Growers' Association Summer Meeting is on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 at Sholan Farm in Leominster, MA from 10 AM to 2 PM. All are invited. There will be a morning orchard tour, followed by a special presentation on "Climate Trends in New England" by Jeremy Reiner, WHDH Channel 7 Meteorologist. Lunch will be BBQ by Meadowbrook Orchard. After lunch we will have a panel discussion on Harvista use. Two pesticide recertification credits will be offered. Cost is $40 for MFGA members, $50 for non-MFGA members. Preregistration is required. More information and to register click here...

SWD alert as fruit ripens!
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As fruit ripen they become susceptible to spotted wing drosophila (SWD) infestation. Right now that includes strawberries, and very soon cherries and blueberries. Followed not long after by peaches and nectarines. We are catching SWD in traps! For the latest SWD management information, see the SWD sidebar link or click here. Here are direct links to insecticide recommendations for small fruit and stone fruit. Good luck!

June fruit twilight meetings scheduled

Fruit twilight meeting, Tuesday, June 11, 2019. 5:30 PM. Bashista Orchards, 160 East Street, Southampton, MA. 2 pesticide re-certification credits. Light supper served, no pre-registration necessary but $20 registration collected at the door. Meeting stars and UMass Amherst Faculty Autio, Cooley, and Pinero will speak on current horticulture, disease, and insect management. Extension Educators Clements, Schloemann, and Garofalo co-star.

Fruit twilight meeting, Wednesday, June 12, 2019. 5:30 PM. Tougas Family Farm, 234 Ball Street, Northboro, MA. 2 pesticide re-certification credits. Light supper served, no pre-registration necessary but $20 registration collected at the door. In cooperation with University of Rhode Island Extension and Rhode Island Fruit Growers' Association. Meeting stars and UMass Amherst Faculty Autio, Cooley, and Pinero will speak on current horticulture, disease, and insect management. Extension Educators Clements, Schloemann, Garofalo and Faubert (URI) co-star.