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Fruit Program News

April 19, 2021

Current bud stages - April 19, 2021. Apples are generally tight cluster+

April 12, 2021

Current bud stages - April 11, 2021. At the UMass Orchard, Belchertown, MA. Apples are generally in early tight cluste. Peache are very bud swell with some pink starting to show. Apricots are in bloom. This is 7-10 days ahead of "average." All current... Read more »

April 5, 2021

Current bud stages, 5-April, 2021. At the UMass Orchard in Belchertown, MA. Apples are generally at green tip plus.

April 1, 2021

Ask the Expert Series Orchard Edition

Please Join us for an Interactive Discussion on Tree Fruit Thinning...Tuesday, April 7, 2021 at 9 AM

March 27, 2021

Apples are at green tip. Time for copper and oil sprays, continue chopping leaves, and fertilizer and herbicide applications can begin anytime...and set your green tip biofix if using... Read more »

March 5, 2021
Gala apple fruitlets

Pre-season apple thinning briefing for growers: Using PGR’s to optimize crop load for a profitable 2021

Thursday, March 18, 2021
12 noon to 2 PM
Via Zoom (pre-registration is required)

December 12, 2020

At the 2020 Great Lakes Expo, held virtually December 9-11, 2020, Jon Clements submitted four posters during the virtual poster session...

December 4, 2020
2021 Mass Aggie Fruits

UMass Extension Fruit Team Mass Aggies are Back, LIVE and online! Click here to see what your friendly local fruit specialists have cooked up for your 2021 growing season.

September 29, 2020

Are you a farmer or rancher whose operation has been directly impacted by the coronavirus pandemic? USDA is implementing Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 for agricultural producers who continue to face market disruptions and associated costs because of COVID-19.

September 23, 2020
SLF, Invasive insect

Connecticut has established Spotted Lanternfly populations in both West Haven and Greenwich. Both locations are close to Long Island NY, which announced its own established SLF population on August 14, 2020.

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