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Extension in Southeastern Massachusetts

About Southeastern Massachusetts

The southeast region of Massachusetts is composed of Norfolk, Plymouth and Bristol counties. The largest city in the region is Brockton. Plymouth County funds and manages the 4-H Program in Plymouth County.

Carolyn DeMoranville talks cranberries

Nov 21, 2016

Cranberries are a billion-dollar industry in Massachusetts and employ more than 6,900 people. But the market is getting crowded, and that’s pushing down the price. Wisconsin has been the top grower in North America for years. Quebec has only been growing cranberries for the last 20 years, but it surpassed Massachusetts in its cranberry harvest in 2014. Why hasn’t Massachusetts kept up with the Wisconsin and Quebec?

Gypsy Moth Outbreak in Massachusetts, 2016

When Joe Elkinton worries about gypsy moths, it is time everyone else in Massachusetts does, too. Elkinton is a professor of environmental conservation at UMass Amherst and an expert on this pest.  Recently he observed, “I would say almost surely this is the largest outbreak we’ve seen since 1981. This is unprecedented. It’s been 35 years. Defoliation caused by gypsy moth Lymantria dispar has occurred over this summer, in many parts of Massachusetts and the rest of New England.”

Gypsy Moth Damage to Trees

Jun 29, 2016


Welcome to the year of the gypsy moth caterpillar. The tiny critters are feasting on leaves and wreaking havoc on trees, mostly oak, but not exclusively. “I would say almost surely this is the largest outbreak we’ve seen since 1981,” said Joe Elkinton, professor of entomology in UMass Amherst’s department of environmental conservation. “This is unprecedented. It’s been 35 years." (Enterprise News 6/28/16)
 

University of Massachusetts Cranberry Station

Ahhh, cranberries. The very word conjures up an abundant Thanksgiving table, rich with the sights, smells, and tastes of a traditional Fall feast. This tiny fruit has become one of America’s gastronomic icons. However, with so many new cranberry-infused products on the market -- from juices to dried fruit to trail mix and snacks of all kinds -- enjoyment of cranberries has extended well beyond the November holiday. 

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