Fruit Program News
April Extension Fruit Twilight MeetingsApril 2, 2018
Respirator Train-the-Trainer Course for Farmers, BeekeepersMarch 23, 2018
Apple Crop Insurance Plan Information Collection Listening Sessions for Growers, Insurance Co. Staff & AgentsMarch 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 interested parties in several states. For New England, the principal session will be on March 30 in Goffstown, New Hampshire. Anyone in western Connecticut and Massachusetts is also welcome to attend a session in Highland, New York if it is more convenient. The aim is to get feedback on how the program is working and how it can be improved. A central focus of the research is experience with and alternatives to the Fresh Fruit Quality Option, but Agralytica is also charged with reviewing current production and marketing practices in New England and identifying other issues that growers face with the current apple program. This is an opportunity for producers, insurance staff and agents alike to communicate concerns and possible improvements for consideration in the development of future apple crop insurance policy. announcement_of_apple_insurance_listening_sessions_-_new_england.pdf
UMass Fruit Team Seeks Undergraduate Summer Intern(s) with Pay!February 13, 2018
New video on High Density Apple OrchardsJanuary 23, 2018
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 apple growers in Massachusetts and beyond.
Get SMART: New Solar Incentive Program Coming to MassachusettsJanuary 12, 2018
MyIPM App UpdateJanuary 4, 2018
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 here.) NOW, these have been rolled into one major upgrade of the MyIPM app, and it is available on both the Play and Apple Stores on your Android or iOS device respectively. MyIPM now includes Apple, Blackberry, Pear, Cherry, Blueberry, Strawberry, Peach, Bunch (grape), and Cranberry fruit crops, with both Disease and Insect pest and management information. MyIPM's main intent is to help with chemical control selection to avoid developing chemical pest resistance by rotating fungicides/insecticides/miticides. There is also a wealth of practical information on pest biology, alternative control methods, and chemical control options. In addition this update to MyIPM includes information on pesticide (by trade name) application risk for many environmental factors such as pollinator, human, avian, aquatic, earthworm, and small mammal. (As provided by the Pesticide Risk Tool.) There is also a handy app-wide "Search for pesticide" function. Speaking of search, SEARCH for "MyIPM" in your respective smartphone app store to download and begin using MyIPM to help with pest identification, management, and resistance avoidance.
NEW jmcextman BLOG POSTJanuary 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 more chemical thinning (or not) routine...read more
MFGA Annual Meeting on 12/13/17 at NEVFCDecember 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' Association
Annual Business Meeting
New England Vegetable & Fruit Conference
Pemigewasset Ballroom (Ballroom A)
Radisson Hotel, Manchester, NH
12:00 Noon, Wednesday, December 13, 2017
- Opening remarks - Cook
- Minutes of the last Annual Business Meeting - Autio
- Secretary's report - Autio
- Treasurer's report - Autio
- Committee reports
- Legislative - Dowse
- UMass Fruit Advisory - Carlson
- Harvest Labor - O’Toole
- Marketing, Publicity, & Promotion - Nicewicz
- Trustees of the UMass Cold Spring Orchard - Chandler
- Old business
- Presentation of nominations
- Election of officers and directors for 2018
- Passing of the gavel to the new president
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.
New England Tree Fruit Management Guide on-lineDecember 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 continue making updates and adding content as the 2018 growing season approaches! Please be sure to bookmark, and note that it is mobile friendly, so add a shortcut icon to your smartphone home screen!