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Fruit Program News

May 15, 2018

Come join Sonia Schloemann (UMass) and Heather Faubert at Ward’s Berry Farm, 614 South Main St., Sharon, MA on Thursday May 24, 2018 at 5:30 PM. Guest speaker: Dale Ila Riggs, The Berry Patch in Stephentown, NY, will speak on exclusion netting to... Read more »

May 14, 2018

Current Bud Stages, UMass Cold Spring Orchard, Belchertown, MA. May 14, 2018

April 30, 2018

May Fruit Twilight Meetings Scheduled: Tuesday, May 8 at Apex Orchards, Shelburne, MA and Thursday, May 10 at Foppema's Hilltop Orchard, Wilkinsonville (Sutton), MA.

April 18, 2018

Pear psylla adults have become active egg layers with warm temperatures in Massachusetts pear orchards. These pictures of adults and eggs on pear buds were taken last week by Jaime Pinero in eastern Massachusetts. Early season psylla control beginning... Read more »

April 17, 2018

Current bud stages updated 17-April, 2018, UMass Cold Spring Orchard, Belchertown, MA


April 2, 2018

April Extension Fruit Twilight Meetings, April 10, 11, and 12, 2018. For commercial fruit growers. Pesticide re-certification credits will be offered.

March 23, 2018

Respirator Train-the-Trainer Course for Farmers, Beekeepers, and other employees who need to use respirators

UMass Extension is offering a series of Respirator Train-the-Trainer workshops in 2018. Farmers, beekeepers and other who need to wear respirators, required by pesticide labels, can benefit from the workshop. Participants will learn how the fit test a respirator and select, use, clean, maintain and replace respirators. All handlers must be trained under the EPA Worker Protection Standard (WPS) Respirator Requirement if they apply any pesticide that requires a respirator. Several organic approved (OMRI) pesticides and some miticides used by beekeepers require respirators.

March 23, 2018

Agralytica of Alexandria, Virginia is conducting a review of the apple insurance plan on behalf of the USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA). As part of the review, Agralytica staff will hold listening sessions with growers, insurance staff and other... Read more »

February 13, 2018

Apple blossoms The UMass Fruit Team ( is looking for one (or two) full-time, spring- summer undergraduate student Integrated Pest Management assistants/interns.

These are PAID hourly positions!

Main responsibilities to include (but are not limited to): install and maintain orchard pest monitoring equipment and other orchard fieldwork tasks as required. Mostly, this is a learning/mentoring position for the right individual(s). Therefore, we might expect you to also draft content for newsletters and other publications based on monitoring information and relevant field observations.