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Current Bud Stages, UMass Cold Spring Orchard, Belchertown, MA. May 14, 2018

https://ag.umass.edu/fruit/bud-stages/current-bud-stages-may-14-2018


Current bud stage photos, UMass Cold Spring Orchard, April 30, 2018. Photos by Jon Clements

http://ag.umass.edu/fruit/bud-stages/current-bud-stages-april-30-2018

May Fruit Twilight Meetings Scheduled: Tuesday, May 8 at Apex Orchards, Shelburne, MA and Thursday, May 10 at Foppema's Hilltop Orchard, Wilkinsonville (Sutton), MA.

Pear psylla adults have become active egg layers with warm temperatures in Massachusetts pear orchards. These pictures of adults and eggs on pear buds were taken last week by Jaime Pinero in eastern Massachusetts. Early season psylla control beginning with oil sprays is essential for season-long management. For more information see:

Pear psylla in New England Tree Fruit Management Guide

2-Swollen bud spray table for pears in New England Tree Fruit Management Guide

 

 

Current bud stages updated 17-April, 2018, UMass Cold Spring Orchard, Belchertown, MA

http://ag.umass.edu/fruit/bud-stages/current-bud-stages-april-17-2018

 

April Extension Fruit Twilight Meetings, April 10, 11, and 12, 2018. For commercial fruit growers. Pesticide re-certification credits will be offered.

Respirator Train-the-Trainer Course for Farmers, Beekeepers, and other employees who need to use respirators

UMass Extension is offering a series of Respirator Train-the-Trainer workshops in 2018. Farmers, beekeepers and other who need to wear respirators, required by pesticide labels, can benefit from the workshop. Participants will learn how the fit test a respirator and select, use, clean, maintain and replace respirators. All handlers must be trained under the EPA Worker Protection Standard (WPS) Respirator Requirement if they apply any pesticide that requires a respirator. Several organic approved (OMRI) pesticides and some miticides used by beekeepers require respirators.

Agralytica of Alexandria, Virginia is conducting a review of the apple insurance plan on behalf of the USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA). As part of the review, Agralytica staff will hold listening sessions with growers, insurance staff and other interested parties in several states. For New England, the principal session will be on March 30 in Goffstown, New Hampshire. Anyone in western Connecticut and Massachusetts is also welcome to attend a session in Highland, New York if it is more convenient. The aim is to get feedback on how the program is working and how it can be improved. A central focus of the research is experience with and alternatives to the Fresh Fruit Quality Option, but Agralytica is also charged with reviewing current production and marketing practices in New England and identifying other issues that growers face with the current apple program. This is an opportunity for producers, insurance staff and agents alike to communicate concerns and possible improvements for consideration in the development of future apple crop insurance policy. announcement_of_apple_insurance_listening_sessions_-_new_england.pdf

Every year we gather feedback from recipients of our programming to help us do a better job serving the fruit growers in Massachusetts and New England.  We hope you'll take a few minutes to give us your feedback by taking a brief survey.  The questions are general in nature and help us learn more about how you are receiving information from us, how helpful you find it, and how we might do better.
 

Apple blossoms The UMass Fruit Team (umassfruit.com) is looking for one (or two) full-time, spring- summer undergraduate student Integrated Pest Management assistants/interns.

These are PAID hourly positions!

Main responsibilities to include (but are not limited to): install and maintain orchard pest monitoring equipment and other orchard fieldwork tasks as required. Mostly, this is a learning/mentoring position for the right individual(s). Therefore, we might expect you to also draft content for newsletters and other publications based on monitoring information and relevant field observations.

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