Fruit Program News
Orchard bud stage photos have been updated...taken at the UMass Cold Spring Orchard, Belchertown, MA.
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 out" and/or go into biennial bearing if over-cropped in the early orchard establishment years. See the NEW Fact Sheet Crop load guide for young apple trees for more information and guidance on cropping young apple trees.
2016 apple maturity reports have started, click here for details...