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Fruit Program News

Information for fruit growers during the Coronavirus Spring of 2020

COVID-19 SPECIFIC INFORMATION

FRUIT PRODUCTION INFORMATION

Some UMass Extension Services will be interrupted due to COVID-19: Hot water seed treatment service is currently suspended, Soil and Diagnostic Labs closed until further notice!

Mass Aggie Workshops CANCELLED.

Home Orchard Pruning

2020 Mass Aggie Worshop series details now available.

Craft hard cider production -and consumption- has been on the rise in the United States. Not all apples are suitable for the craft cider market. There remains  a dearth of cider-specific apples in production in the Northeast. Many of the varieties that possess the most desirable qualities for juice are considered too difficult to grow. Extension faculty and staff from UMass, UVM, and UMaine are working together to find the keys to solving these problems! Funded by Northeast SARE Research & Education Program LNE19-373.

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When the decade-old weather station at the UMass Crop and Animal Research and Education Farm in South Deerfield was hit by lightning this past summer, the impact of that loss was felt by the region’s growers. This November, UMass fruit extension educators Jon Clements and Liz Garofalo replaced the decade-old defunct weather station with a new one...

Dan Cooley

Fire blight is a devastating disease of apple and pear caused by a bacterial pathogen. The disease is traditionally controlled with antibiotics, but in this webinar, you will learn about a non-antibiotic alternative—an integrated method that uses a biological control and a surface sterilant. Whether you are an orchard grower who wants to market your fruits as antibiotic-free, or an arborist or landscape practitioner who cannot use antibiotics at private homes and schools, this webinar may provide a solution for you. Watch a recording of NE IPM Toobox webinar...https://www.northeastipm.org/ipm-in-action/the-ipm-toolbox/fire-blight-ipm-using-non-antibiotic-control-methods/

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