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Fruit Program News

The 2015 lineup for the Mass Aggie workshop series is now available. 
This year's workshops include:

  • Invasive Plants
  • 100' Fruiting Wall!
  • Fruit Tree Pest Management
  • Healthy Soils
  • Native Pollinators

Check it out at this link.

jmcextman: Out and about in the UMass Cold Spring Orchard...

My Baker's Dozen Apple and Pear Pruning Tips

As it approaches time to begin pruning your apple or pear orchard, here is "My Baker's Dozen Apple and Pear Dormant Pruning Tips."


Winter and Early-Season Fire Blight Management Fact Sheet

Dr. Quan Zeng, Dept. of Plant Pathology and Ecology, The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station

"Fire blight is a devastating disease of apples and pears caused by a bacterial pathogen Erwinia amylovora. Last year, serious fire blight was observed throughout New England orchards. What winter/early-season management practices shal we do to keep the fire blight away from our orchards?" View fact sheet on Fire Blight

Submitted by Jon Clements,

Apple and Peach Crop Insurance Fact Sheets for the 2015 crop year in Massachusetts are available from USDA's Risk Management Agency website:

Note the sales closing date is November 20, 2014. Contact a crop insurance sales agent ASAP if you are interested in insuring your 2015 apple and/or peach crop in Massachusetts. An sales agent locator is here:

Current bud stages, May 19, 2014, UMass Cold Spring Orchard.

View more photos of bud stages

Each year the UMass Stockbridge School of Agriculture and the UMass Center for Agriculture offer one or more workshop series on topics of general interest to homeowners and small scale farmers.  In the past worshops have been offered in fruit tree grafting, pruning, wildflower identification, and cider making.

Download schedule and brochure

Adult Femail BMSB

The new UMass Extension Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Resouce Center is now available.  Go to the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Introduction page to enter the site which has information on ID & Biology, Monitoring, and Management of BMSB.

swd female 6/10/13

This week we found 2 cases where a single female SWD was caught in traps, one in Hampshire County, one in Southern Berkshire County.

Spotted Wing Drosophila on yellow trap

The new UMass Extension Spotted Wing Drosophila Resouce Center is now available.  Go to Spotted Wing Drosophila Introduction page to enter the site which has information on ID & Biology, Monitoring, and Management of SWD. The page will be updated regularly and will soon include mapping data from the UMass Spotted Wing Drosophila reporting network.

Winter Moth (Operophtera brumata): This is a new and important pest of blueberries, apples and other deciduous plants, especially in Southeastern New England. They can severely defoliate trees and bushes and can hollow out fruiting buds. Moths emerge from the soil usually in late November and may be active into January. Eggs hatch in early Spring and larvae feed on swelling buds of many different plant hosts, causing damage in fruit crops.

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