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Fruit Program News

January 23, 2018
New video on High Density Apple Orchards

Fruit production specialist Jon Clements of UMass Extension demonstrates more efficient growing methods to produce greater yields and higher-quality fruit from Massachusetts apple orchards. This new technology is the future for the next generation of... Read more »

January 12, 2018

The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources (DOER) is in the process of finalizing a new solar PV incentive program, the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target (SMART) Program. The regulations for SMART include an option for dual-use solar arrays on continually farmed agricultural land, namely an Agricultural Solar Tariff Generation Unit.

January 4, 2018
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The MyIPM smartphone app has undergone a major update! Previous to now, separate MyIPM apps were available for different crops and disease/insect scenarios. (See previous news item... Read more »

January 2, 2018

New JMCEXTMAN blog post: Precision chemical apple thinning in MA in 2017

OK, I have been through this before, the whole measuring apple fruitlets thing and entering data into the precision thinning spreadsheet to determine if I needed to do... Read more »

December 11, 2017

!!!Please note that the Annual Business Meeting date is different than what is printed in the NEVFC program.  The meeting will be held atnoon, immediately following the Stone Fruit session on Wednesday!!!

Massachusetts Fruit Growers'... Read more »

December 11, 2017

New England wide Extension tree fruit specialists have been hard at work to update the on-line version of the New England Tree Fruit Management Guide, which can now be found here: http://netreefruit.org/ We will... Read more »

November 7, 2017

November 20, 2017 is the deadline to purchase Federal Crop Insurance on apples and peaches and also the deadline to update coverage levels or cancel an existing policy on apples and peaches.

November 20, 2017 is also the deadline to purchase coverage for perennial crops under the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) administered by the USDA

November 5, 2017

Online registration is now open for the 2017 New England Fruit and Vegetable Meetings in Manchester, NH, to be held December 12-14. As usual, there will be sessions for growers of all scales, scopes, and specialty crops, including two sessions each... Read more »

October 2, 2017

Ambrosia™ apple harvest underway; production up 20%; Nielsen data this past season showed Ambrosia passing McIntosh to become the number 8 overall apple variety in the United States in retail dollars. Read more at Fresh Plaza...

October 2, 2017

According to the Worcester Business Journal, the 2017 Massachusetts apple crop is expected to reach a 10-year high...read more.

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