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Fruit Program News

May 6, 2016

Fruit growers can now fight insects and disease from the palm of their hands with technology developed at Clemson University and in collaboration with scientists from Cornell University, the University of Massachusetts, Penn State University, the North Carolina State University, and the University of Georgia.

December 29, 2015

The 2016 Mass Aggie Workshop Series has been unveiled.  See the full slate of workshops here.

November 21, 2015

A Nutrient Management page has been added to Both tree and small fruit nutrient management recommendations and guidelines have been added to assist fruit growers in... Read more »

October 30, 2015

Perennial Crops - Sales Closing Date for Crop Insurance

November 20th, 2015 is the last day to purchase a new, change or cancel an existing crop insurance or Non-Insured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) policy. Growers are encouraged to... Read more »

August 31, 2015

2015 apple maturity reports have begun, last update October 8, 2015 click here...

June 9, 2013
swd female 6/10/13

This week we found 2 cases where a single female SWD was caught in traps, one in Hampshire County, one in Southern Berkshire County.

Information for fruit growers during the Coronavirus Spring of 2020


Craft hard cider production -and consumption- has been on the rise in the United States. Not all apples are suitable for the craft cider market. There remains  a dearth of cider-specific apples in production in the Northeast. Many of the varieties that possess the most desirable qualities for juice are considered too difficult to grow. Extension faculty and staff from UMass, UVM, and UMaine are working together to find the keys to solving these problems! Funded by Northeast SARE Research & Education Program LNE19-373.