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  • 26th Annual March Message to Massachusetts Tree Fruit Growers (2019)

    March 5, 2020

    MASSACHUSETTS FRUIT IPM Report for 2019

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    New Fruit Fact Sheet: FR-H-1-2020: Precision crop load management of Honeycrisp: flower bud identification and precision pruning

    February 26, 2020

    New Fruit Fact Sheet: FR-H-1-2020: Precision crop load management of Honeycrisp: flower bud identification and precision pruning. Jon Clements and Win Cowgill. Why precision-prune Honeycrisp? What is precision pruning? Flower buds vs. non-flower buds – identification. Precision prune and follow-up. http://ag.umass.edu/fruit/fact-sheets/fr-h-1-2020-precision-crop-load-management-of-honeycrisp-flower-bud-identification

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    2020 Mass Aggie Workshop Series Announced

    January 16, 2020
    2020 Mass Aggie Worshop series details now available.
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    New Farmers’ Network Weather Station at UMass Research Farm

    December 14, 2019
    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...
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    2019 New England Vegetable & Fruit Conference

    November 13, 2019
    Registration is now open for the 2019 New England Vegetable & Fruit Conference and Trade Show (NEVFC), which will take place December 10-12, 2019 at the Doubletree Hotel, 700 Elm St, Manchester, NH in Manchester NH. The program features over 30 educational sessions over 3 days, covering vegetable, berry and tree fruit crops and various special topics. Farmer-to-farmer sessions bring speakers and farmers together for informal discussion, and our extensive trade show has over 120 exhibitors.
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    Fire blight webinar now available for watching!

    November 12, 2019
    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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    WEBINAR-Fire Blight IPM Using Non-Antibiotic Control Methods

    October 4, 2019

    WEBINAR-Fire Blight IPM Using Non-Antibiotic Control Methods

    Wednesday, October 9, 2019, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

    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. The speakers are passionate about helping growers with disease issues and there will be plenty of time for Q&A.

    More information and to Register...

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    Apple maturity report updated: 1-October, 2019

    October 1, 2019

    Apple maturity report updated, 1-October, 2019. Includes Jonagold, Honeycrisp (w/ReTain), Cortland, Macoun, Empire, Golden Delicious, Liberty, Ambrosia, and Pazazz. http://ag.umass.edu/fruit/2019-apple-maturity-report

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    Apple Maturity Report Updated: 16-Sept, 2019

    September 16, 2019

    Apple maturity report updated, 16-September, 2019. McIntosh, Gala, Honeycrisp, Cortland. In the thick of Mac, Gala, and Honeycrisp harvest. Cortland needs another week before pick. http://ag.umass.edu/fruit/2019-apple-maturity-report

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    Apple maturity report updated - 09-September, 2019

    September 9, 2019

    Apple maturity report updated, September 9, 2019. Lindamac McIntosh, Buckeye Gala, Honeycrisp, and Blondee

    http://ag.umass.edu/fruit/2019-apple-maturity-report

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