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Fruit Program News

  • SWD on Cherries in 2017

    Spotted Wing Drosophila Spray Tables for 2018

    Fruit Growers should be scouting for Spotted Wing Drosophila in their fields and orchards now.  See below for labled spray materials for 2018 (courtesy of Mary Concklin, UConn Extension) 2018 SWD Insecticide recommendations for STONE FRUIT - UConn 2018 SWD Insecticide recommendations for SMALL FRUIT - UConn
  • 2017 Program Survey

    Every year we gather feedback from recipients of our programming to help us do a better job serving the fruit growers in Massachusetts and New England.  We hope you'll take a few minutes to give us your feedback by taking a brief survey.  The questions are general in nature and help us learn more about how you are receiving information from us, how helpful you find it, and how we might do better.  
  • Grape Disease Control for 2017 - Dr. Wayne Wilcox

    Dr. Wayne Wilcox of Cornell University has released his annual grape disease control update for 2017.  This is the most thorough discussion of all the issues related to disease management for grapes that is available for our region.
  • Fire blight conditions bordering on EXTREME

    As of Friday morning, May 8, 2015, the risk of getting fire blight as we move into the weekend is very high to extreme across most of Massachusetts. Depending on your state of apple or pear bloom, the application of streptomycin to open bloom is highly recommended, maybe even essential. We have numerous resources available for helping you manage fire blight in 2015:

    Please take this situation seriously so we can minimize the amount of fire blight we have in 2015. By the middle of next week, the fire blight risk should be less severe. If you do get fire blight symptoms, please let us know --, 413-478-7219, or Daniel Cooley, 413-531-3383 -- as we are surveying for fire blight resistance to streptomycin in 2015.

  • 2015 Healthy Fruit Newsletter

    Healthy Fruit is a timely newsletter that includes information on tree-fruit horticulture, pest management, and related topics. The primary reader is the commercial grower, but anyone growing fruit trees will benefit.

    For more information »

  • 2015 New England Tree Fruit Management Guide

    2015 New England Tree Fruit Management Guide

    A collaboration of tree fruit specialists in all six New England states, and with Cornell University, the 2015 New England Tree Fruit Management Guide (NETFMG) is a must-have for all commercial orchardists. The 2015 NETFMG is 283 pages and includes chapters on: Integrated Crop & Pest Management; Organic Tree Fruit Production in New England; Pesticide and Sprayer Information; Characteristics of Crop Protectants Used on Tree Fruits; Disease, Insect, Weed, Wildlife, and Nutrient Management; and specific spray management recommendations for Apples, Pears, Cherries, Peaches and Nectarines, Apricots, and Plums and Prunes. The 2015 NETFMG is available for purchase for $25 on the UMass Extension Bookstore. (Or you can also use this mail-in form to order Healthy Fruit and other UMass fruit publications.) The 2015 NETFMG will also be available for sale at Fruit Twilight Meetings.

  • Mass Aggie Seminars 2015

    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.

  • My Baker's Dozen Apple & Pear Pruning Tips

    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

    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 Available

    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: