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Craft hard cider production -and consumption- has been on the rise in the United States. Not all apples are suitable for the craft cider market. There remains  a dearth of cider-specific apples in production in the Northeast. Many of the varieties that possess the most desirable qualities for juice are considered too difficult to grow. Extension faculty and staff from UMass, UVM, and UMaine are working together to find the keys to solving these problems! Funded by Northeast SARE Research & Education Program LNE19-373.

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When the decade-old weather station at the UMass Crop and Animal Research and Education Farm in South Deerfield was hit by lightning this past summer, the impact of that loss was felt by the region’s growers. This November, UMass fruit extension educators Jon Clements and Liz Garofalo replaced the decade-old defunct weather station with a new one...

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Fire blight is a devastating disease of apple and pear caused by a bacterial pathogen. The disease is traditionally controlled with antibiotics, but in this webinar, you will learn about a non-antibiotic alternative—an integrated method that uses a biological control and a surface sterilant. Whether you are an orchard grower who wants to market your fruits as antibiotic-free, or an arborist or landscape practitioner who cannot use antibiotics at private homes and schools, this webinar may provide a solution for you. Watch a recording of NE IPM Toobox webinar...https://www.northeastipm.org/ipm-in-action/the-ipm-toolbox/fire-blight-ipm-using-non-antibiotic-control-methods/

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Registration is now open for the 2019 New England Vegetable & Fruit Conference and Trade Show (NEVFC), which will take place December 10-12, 2019 at the Doubletree Hotel, 700 Elm St, Manchester, NH in Manchester NH. The program features over 30 educational sessions over 3 days, covering vegetable, berry and tree fruit crops and various special topics. Farmer-to-farmer sessions bring speakers and farmers together for informal discussion, and our extensive trade show has over 120 exhibitors.

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WEBINAR-Fire Blight IPM Using Non-Antibiotic Control Methods

Wednesday, October 9, 2019, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Fire blight is a devastating disease of apple and pear caused by a bacterial pathogen. The disease is traditionally controlled with antibiotics, but in this webinar, you will learn about a non-antibiotic alternative—an integrated method that uses a biological control and a surface sterilant. Whether you are an orchard grower who wants to market your fruits as antibiotic-free, or an arborist or landscape practitioner who cannot use antibiotics at private homes and schools, this webinar may provide a solution for you. The speakers are passionate about helping growers with disease issues and there will be plenty of time for Q&A.

More information and to Register...

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Apple maturity report updated, 1-October, 2019. Includes Jonagold, Honeycrisp (w/ReTain), Cortland, Macoun, Empire, Golden Delicious, Liberty, Ambrosia, and Pazazz. http://ag.umass.edu/fruit/2019-apple-maturity-report

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Apple maturity report updated, 16-September, 2019. McIntosh, Gala, Honeycrisp, Cortland. In the thick of Mac, Gala, and Honeycrisp harvest. Cortland needs another week before pick. http://ag.umass.edu/fruit/2019-apple-maturity-report

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Apple maturity report updated, September 9, 2019. Lindamac McIntosh, Buckeye Gala, Honeycrisp, and Blondee

http://ag.umass.edu/fruit/2019-apple-maturity-report

Apple maturity report updated, 09/02/19. Zestar!, Ginger Gold, River Belle, Akane, Minneiska, Honeycrisp, Buckeye Gala, Lindamac McIntosh

https://ag.umass.edu/fruit/2019-apple-maturity-report

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