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UMass Cranberry Station

The mission of the UMass Cranberry Station is to maintain and enhance the economic viability of the Massachusetts cranberry industry through research, extension and to serve the public welfare by supporting economic development and protection of the environment. We have specialists in Plant Pathology, Entomology, Environmental Physiology, Plant Nutrition/Cultural Practices, Weed Science/Integrated Pest Management, and Floriculture. The Cranberry Station, located in southeastern Massachusetts, is recognized as a leader in the United States and worldwide for research and outreach programs on cranberry culture.

Current Weather Summary

Final Photos of 2017 Fall Frost Tolerance Have Been Posted
Stevens cranberry at Rosebrook Bog

The final fall frost tolerance sheet for 2017 has been posted.  All cultivars have reached a deep maroon color and their deepest frost tolerance temperature.  For Ben Lear and new Rutgers cultivars this tolerance is 24°F.  Stevens tolerate 22°F at this stage until late October when some loss of tolerance accompanies extreme ripening and Stevens once more must be protected at 23°F.  Early Black and Howes tolerate 23°F at the maroon stage.  In some years, Howes have tolerated temperatures as low as 20°F at the maroon stage but this was not the case in all years.

24c Special Local Needs Labels Approved

MDAR approved Devrinol 2XT for use of multiple applications on new plants and the use of Intensity and Intensity ONE through chemigation. 

Click to see new pesticides labels

 

IPM Message Postings

Postings from 2017 can be found under "IPM Message" quick link (right).  Between now and Spring 2018, updates will only be made on an "as needed" basis.

EPA Denies Section 18 Petition for Kerb

EPA reviewed the Section 18 request for the use of Kerb 3.3 SC to control dodder and determined our petition did not provide information that establishes an "emergency condition".  In order to use a pesticide not labeled for use, a non-routine event must be described and substantiated to confirm that the pest problem rises to the level of an "emergency".  EPA acknowledged that while dodder may be a difficult pest to manage, it is a routine condition.

Thus, Kerb CANNOT be applied to cranberry bogs! It is an illegal application.  Any questions, please call me.

Hilary Sandler, x 21

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