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  • Crop Insurance Deadline November 20!

    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
  • NEVFC on-line registration now open

    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 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:

  • Ambrosia replaces McIntosh as #8 apple variety at retail

    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...
  • Apple crop in Massachusetts expected to reach 10-year high

    October 2, 2017
    According to the Worcester Business Journal, the 2017 Massachusetts apple crop is expected to reach a 10-year more.
  • Apple maturity reports

    October 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 peaches

    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.
  • NEW Fact Sheet: F-140 Branching Young Apple Trees with Plant Growth Regulators

    July 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 11

    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

    10:00 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)
    Tomato greenhouses
    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
    Labor profile

    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...

  • SWD ID (from Oregon State Univ.)

    2017 SWD Insecticide Recommendations for Small Fruit and Stone Fruit

    June 21, 2017
    The 2017 insecticide recommendations for controlling Spotted Wing Drosophila can be found here:  
  • Current bud stages updated

    May 15, 2017

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