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Fruit Program News

October 2, 2017

Beginning in early September, apple maturity reports from the UMass Orchard are being updated here until the end of harvest...

July 24, 2017

Jon Clements, Extension Tree Fruit Specialist, University of Massachusetts Amherst

It is not necessary to wait for peaches to soften before they are tree-ripe. Here are a few pointers for picking tree-ripe peaches, and then for handling peaches when you get them home.

July 1, 2017

Annual Summer Meeting of the Massachusetts Fruit Growers’ Association

in cooperation with University of Massachusetts Fruit Program
TUESDAY, July 11, 2017
Cider Hill Farm
45 Fern Avenue, Amesbury, Massachusetts

10:... Read more »

June 21, 2017
SWD ID (from Oregon State Univ.)

The 2017 insecticide recommendations for controlling Spotted Wing Drosophila can be found here:


May 15, 2017

Current bud stages updated have been updated on 15-May, 2017

May 7, 2017

An Eco Apple app is now available on both the iOS (Apple) and Android (Play) stores to help apple growers choose crop protectants that are specifically allowed in the Eco Apple protocol.

May 1, 2017
Honeycrisp apple

Orchard bud stage photos have been updated...taken at the UMass Cold Spring Orchard, Belchertown, MA.

April 26, 2017

Crop load management on young apple trees is important to balance fruit load with vegetative growth so that "runting out" or biennial bearing does not happen. This is important with varieties such as Honeycrisp (in particular) that are prone to "runt... Read more »