Fruit Program News
Crop Insurance Deadline November 20!November 7, 2017
NEVFC on-line registration now openNovember 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 for apples and grapes, a stone fruit session, a cider and cider apple session. On-line registration deadline/discount is November 30.
Registration information may be found at: https://newenglandvfc.org/registration
Ambrosia replaces McIntosh as #8 apple variety at retailOctober 2, 2017
Apple crop in Massachusetts expected to reach 10-year highOctober 2, 2017
Apple maturity reportsOctober 2, 2017
Beginning in early September, apple maturity reports from the UMass Orchard are being updated here until the end of harvest...
Picking and handling tree ripe peachesJuly 24, 2017
NEW Fact Sheet: F-140 Branching Young Apple Trees with Plant Growth RegulatorsJuly 15, 2017
NEW Fact Sheet: F-140 Branching Young Apple Trees with Plant Growth Regulators
Cowgill, W., J. Clements and W. Autio
Plant growth regulator use instructions for promoting/increasing branching on nursery and young apple trees for better tree quality and early fruit production...
Annual Summer Meeting of the Massachusetts Fruit Growers' Assoc. - July 11July 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
10:00 AM Welcome to Cider Hill Farm and the morning tour -- Glenn Cook, President, MFGA
10:15 AM Orchard Tour
Blueberry and raspberry plantings
Primocane blackberry patch
Seedless grape planting
Fruit-tree spacings and preferences
New planting of cider apples
Renewable energy program (solar, small turbines, and high efficiency wood boilers)
Day neutral strawberry high tunnel trial
insect and disease control updates/IPM strategies for tree and small fruit (Jon Clements and Sonia Schloemann)
NOON Lunch by Goody Coles BBQ provided with the registration charge
1:15 PM Welcome to the afternoon tour -- Glenn Cook, President, MFGA
1:20 PM Facilities Tour
Brand new hard cider venture
CSA, food truck, and fledgling jam factory
2:30 PM Adjourn
Registration for this meeting will be $25 for Mass. Fruit Growers’ Association members ($35 for non-members) per person and will include the tour, educational program, pesticide recertification credits, and lunch.
To ensure the availability of the meal, please pre-register by adding the appropriate number and type (member or non-member) registrations to your shopping cart and paying with a credit card.
We must receive pre-registrations by Friday, July 7 to assure availability of the lunch.
PDF version of this announcement -- print and register via US Mail.
Register on-line by July 7 using PayPal and a credit card here...
2017 SWD Insecticide Recommendations for Small Fruit and Stone FruitJune 21, 2017
Current bud stages updatedMay 15, 2017
Current bud stages updated have been updated on 15-May, 2017 http://ag.umass.edu/fruit/resources/bud-stages-photos