Fruit Program News
NEW Fact Sheet: F-140 Branching Young Apple Trees with Plant Growth Regulators
Cowgill, W., J. Clements and W. Autio
Plant growth regulator use instructions for promoting/increasing branching on nursery and young apple trees for better tree quality and early fruit production...
Annual Summer Meeting of the Massachusetts Fruit Growers’ Association
in cooperation with University of Massachusetts Fruit Program
TUESDAY, July 11, 2017
Cider Hill Farm
45 Fern Avenue, Amesbury, Massachusetts
10:00 AM Welcome to Cider Hill Farm and the morning tour -- Glenn Cook, President, MFGA
10:15 AM Orchard Tour
Blueberry and raspberry plantings
Primocane blackberry patch
Seedless grape planting
Fruit-tree spacings and preferences
New planting of cider apples
Renewable energy program (solar, small turbines, and high efficiency wood boilers)
Day neutral strawberry high tunnel trial
insect and disease control updates/IPM strategies for tree and small fruit (Jon Clements and Sonia Schloemann)
NOON Lunch by Goody Coles BBQ provided with the registration charge
1:15 PM Welcome to the afternoon tour -- Glenn Cook, President, MFGA
1:20 PM Facilities Tour
Brand new hard cider venture
CSA, food truck, and fledgling jam factory
2:30 PM Adjourn
Registration for this meeting will be $25 for Mass. Fruit Growers’ Association members ($35 for non-members) per person and will include the tour, educational program, pesticide recertification credits, and lunch.
To ensure the availability of the meal, please pre-register by adding the appropriate number and type (member or non-member) registrations to your shopping cart and paying with a credit card.
We must receive pre-registrations by Friday, July 7 to assure availability of the lunch.
PDF version of this announcement -- print and register via US Mail.
Register on-line by July 7 using PayPal and a credit card here...
Current bud stages updated have been updated on 15-May, 2017 http://ag.umass.edu/fruit/resources/bud-stages-photos
May fruit twilight/thinning meetings have been scheduled. These will be important meetings for you to attend after a heavy bloom to see what your apple chemical thinning options will be. Dr. Duane Greene will attend with chemical thinning recommendations. Hope to see you there!
10-May, 2017 (Wednesday) Fruit Twilight/Thinning meeting, 5:30 PM. Honey Pot Hill Orchards, 138 Sudbury Road, Stow, MA. http://www.honeypothill.com/ 1 pesticide credit will be offered. $20 admission. Light supper will be served. Contact: Jon Clements, 413-478-7219. Pre-registration is not necessary.
11-May, 2017 (Thursday) Fruit Twilight/Thinning meeting, 5:30 PM. UMass Cold Spring Orchard, 391 Sabin Street, Belchertown, MA. http://coldspringorchard.com/ 1 pesticide credit will be offered. $20 admission. Light supper will be served. Contact: Jon Clements, 413-478-7219. Pre-registration is not necessary.
Orchard bud stage photos have been updated...taken at the UMass Cold Spring Orchard, Belchertown, MA.
Crop load management on young apple trees is important to balance fruit load with vegetative growth so that "runting out" or biennial bearing does not happen. This is important with varieties such as Honeycrisp (in particular) that are prone to "runt out" and/or go into biennial bearing if over-cropped in the early orchard establishment years. See the NEW Fact Sheet Crop load guide for young apple trees for more information and guidance on cropping young apple trees.