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  • ReTain Recommendations 2022

    August 23, 2022

    ReTain Recommendations 2022

    Courtesy Jim Wargo, Valent USA

    ReTain Recommendations - 2022

  • MFGA Summer Meeting - Stop 7

    August 22, 2022

    MFGA Annual Summer Meeting - Stop 7: NC-140 Regional Rootstock Research Project, with Jon Clements. At the UMass Orchard, Belchertown, MA. 14-July, 2022. Thanks to Alex Hutchinson for the 'steadycam' work. Watch: https://youtu.be/IpxTmlEdd3A More info: Stop 7 - MFGA Summer Meeting

  • MFGA Summer Meeting - Stop 6

    August 22, 2022

    MFGA Annual Summer Meeting - Stop 6: IPM cider apple block, with Liz Garofalo. At the UMass Orchard, Belchertown, MA. 14-July, 2022. Thanks to Alex Hutchinson for the 'steadycam' work. Watch: https://youtu.be/i0O4F0gDk3w More info: Stop 6 - MFGA Summer Meeting

  • MFGA Summer Meeting- Stop 5

    August 19, 2022

    MFGA Annual Summer Meeting - Stop 5a-f: AMF update/grafted trees, beneficial nematodes, spotted-wing drosophila, trap cropping/ghost trap for BMSB (Jaime Pinero); plant volatiles to trap CM and OFM (Ajay Giri); soil injections for apple scab control (Dan Cooley). At the UMass Orchard, Belchertown, MA. 14-July, 2022. Thanks to Alex Hutchinson for the 'steadycam' work. Watch: https://youtu.be/CuS_nihuS54  More info: Stop 5 - MFGA Summer Meeting

  • MFGA Summer Meeting- Stop 4

    August 16, 2022

    MFGA Annual Summer Meeting 2022 - Stop 4, pear psylla experiment with Maxwell Francke and samurai wasp/brown marmorated stink bug with Mateo Rull. At the UMass Orchard, Belchertown, MA. 14-July, 2022. Thanks to Alex Hutchinson for the 'steadycam' work. Watch: https://youtu.be/ehkIcpry5ic

    More info: Stop 4 - MFGA Summer Meeting

  • MFGA Summer Meeting- Stop 3

    August 12, 2022

    MFGA Annual Summer Meeting 2022 - Stop 3, chemical fruit thinning experiments with Duane Greene. At the UMass Orchard, Belchertown, MA. 14-July, 2022. Thanks to Alex Hutchinson for the 'steadycam' work. Watch: https://youtu.be/IO0piMbWRiw

    More info: Stop 3 - MFGA Summer Meeting

  • MFGA Summer Meeting- Stop 2

    August 12, 2022

    MFGA Annual Summer Meeting 2022 - Stop 2, precision apple crop load management with Jon Clements and Paul O'Connor. At the UMass Orchard, Belchertown, MA. 14-July, 2022. Thanks to Alex Hutchinson for the 'steadycam' work. https://youtu.be/hl5ktOOGG4Y

    More info: Stop 2 - 2022 MFGA Summer Meeting

  • MFGA Summer Meeting- Stop 1

    August 6, 2022

    MFGA Annual Summer Meeting 2022 - Stop 1, apple variety evaluation with Jon Clements. At the UMass Orchard, Belchertown, MA. 14-July, 2022. Thanks to Alex Hutchinson for the 'steadycam' work. Watch: https://youtu.be/YHynQpMIWnc

    More info: Stop 1 - 2022 MFGA Summer Meeting

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    Picking and handling tree-ripe peaches (2022)

    August 1, 2022

    Jon Clements Extension Tree Fruit Specialist, UMass Amherst

    Picking and handling tree ripe peaches (PDF)

    It is not necessary to wait for peaches to soften before they are tree-ripe.

    Here are a few pointers for picking tree-ripe peaches, and then for handling peaches when you get them home.

    When picking peaches in the orchard:

    • look for the absence of green skin/background color – any green will have changed to yellow (or white if it is a white-flesh peach) when the peach is tree-ripe; if there is still some green skin, let the peach stay on the tree to ripen more
    • bright red-orange skin color is a good sign of ripeness, however, it depends on the variety – some are very red-orange, some less so; a fully yellow/white background (no green) is still the best indicator of tree-ripeness on peaches that don’t have as much red-orange color
    • IF you must -- but please don't during the 2020 pandemic! -- squeeze the peach to assess ripeness, don’t squeeze too hard, that will result in an unsightly bruise
    • larger peaches ripen first and peaches in the tops of the trees also ripen first
    • a ripe peach will separate from the tree easily; if the peach is difficult to pick leave it on the tree to ripen longer

    Once you get your peaches home, here is the proper way to handle and fully ripen them:

    • Do not leave in any kind of plastic bag if that is what you picked into
    • Do not put the peaches in the sun or a hot room or car trunk – they will not ripen evenly
    • Do not put them in the refrigerator unless you want them not to ripen
    • Put the peaches on newspaper in a single layer not touching each other
    • Check to see as they start to soften by feeling them gently – don't push hard on them or they will bruise
    • When the fruit is soft, they are ripe and juicy, so ENJOY! Note this may takeseveral days.
    • This applies to peaches, nectarines, and plums too..
     Thanks to my good friend Annette Bjorge, Fruit Acres Farm, Coloma, MI for peach handling tips
  • Apple blossom cluster

    Summer Research and Extension Experiences for Undergraduates Internship with the UMass Extension Fruit Team

    April 6, 2022
    The UMass Extension Fruit Team is offering paid internship opportunities to undergaduate students. This internship opportunity brings together a multidisciplinary team of researchers and Extension professionals from UMass Amherst to support undergraduate research and Extension training for a technology-enhanced agricultural science, applied research and Extension. We emphasize connecting research with practice in ways that support and promote the sustainability of local food production systems.

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