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Drought Survey

In order to seek a disaster declaration and disaster relief for Massachusetts farmers ...

MA Drought Map for 9-16-16 2016 Drought Status and Related Information -
As of Sept. 16, 2016 the US Drought Monitor is reporting over 98% of Massachusetts is in a state of Moderate to Extreme Drought.  See: http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/Home/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?MA.  Extreme Drought (area shaded in red) now extends across the state to Western Mass and covers over 50% of the land area of the state. 

Fruit growers can now fight insects and disease from the palm of their hands with technology developed at Clemson University and in collaboration with scientists from Cornell University, the University of Massachusetts, Penn State University, the North Carolina State University, and the University of Georgia.

The 2016 Mass Aggie Workshop Series has been unveiled.  See the full slate of workshops here.

A Nutrient Management page has been added to umassfruit.com. Both tree and small fruit nutrient management recommendations and guidelines have been added to assist fruit growers in meeting the requirements of the Massachusetts Plant Nutrient Management Regulations, which for Agriculture, goes into effect December 5, 2015.

Perennial Crops - Sales Closing Date for Crop Insurance

November 20th, 2015 is the last day to purchase a new, change or cancel an existing crop insurance or Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) policy. Growers are encouraged to read the fact sheet for apples and peaches as they consider their 2016 risk management needs. All other perennial crops are covered byNAP which is administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA). Growers can also contact the UMass Extension Risk Management Education team for assistance understanding these programs.

2015 apple maturity reports have begun, last update October 8, 2015 click here...

As of Friday morning, May 8, 2015, the risk of getting fire blight as we move into the weekend is very high to extreme across most of Massachusetts. Depending on your state of apple or pear bloom, the application of streptomycin to open bloom is highly recommended, maybe even essential. We have numerous resources available for helping you manage fire blight in 2015:

Please take this situation seriously so we can minimize the amount of fire blight we have in 2015. By the middle of next week, the fire blight risk should be less severe. If you do get fire blight symptoms, please let us know -- jon.clements@umass.edu, 413-478-7219, or Daniel Cooley, 413-531-3383 -- as we are surveying for fire blight resistance to streptomycin in 2015.

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