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UMass Extension Fruit Program

The UMass Extension Fruit Program's mission is to assist fruit growers with all aspects of horticultural and pest management. It is part of the Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment within the College of Natural Sciences at the University of Massachusetts.

International Fruit Tree Association 2019 Conference

Welcome to 2019 IFTA Annual Conference and Tours. February 25-29, 2019. Holiday Inn, Rochester, NY.

We are excited to bring you a top notch program featuring leaders in the Fruit Tree Industry and informative orchard tours. 

Your 2019 registration includes:

Two Full Days of speakers/presentations       

Two Full Days of Orchard Tours with 14 stops    

Sunday Welcome Reception – hosted by the Young Professionals

Monday Evening Reception – Midwest Apple Improvement Association Annual Meeting and Reception sponsored by the MAIA (All invited)      

Tuesday – Social Event 2019: A Taste of Rochester to be held at the amazing ARTISANworks in Rochester       

Hot Buffet Breakfast each Mornings (4)

Lunches Each Day (4)

Register today and save $100. 

Early Bird Rate of $840.00 – extended to January 7, 2019

$940 starting January 8th

Registration Deadline: February 18th

For more information and to register:

MFGA Annual Meeting and UMass Extension Education Program

MFGA Annual Meeting and UMass Extension Education Program

Thursday, January 10, 2019

9 AM to 3:30 PM

Great Wolf Lodge, 150 Great Wolf Drive, Fitchburg, MA

Registration -- $40 MFGA members, $50 non-MFGA members (includes lunch)

Register (by January 7!) and pay now using a credit card here:

OR Mail registration form and program

3 pesticide recertification credits have been approved

PROGRAM - Highlighting UMass research and then some...

Guest Speaker: Dan Donahue, Cornell Cooperative Extension Eastern NY Horticulture Program

9 to 9:30 AM - Coffee and check-in

9:30 - Welcome - Joanne Dinardo, MFGA President 

9:45 - Biological sprays for fire blight suppression - Daniel Cooley

10:00 - Copper, scab, fire blight, and russet: is there an answer? - Daniel Cooley 

10:15 - App Mash-up: MyIPM, NETFMG, Eco Apple App, and Malusim - Jon Clements 

10:30 - Precision thinning using the Malusim app: trials and tribulations - Jon Clements

10:45 - NC-140 Honeycrisp rootstock trials: yes, we have a rootstock for you! - Wes Autio

11:00 - Apogee and Honeycrisp bitter pit: yes, we have an answer for you! - Dan Donahue, Cornell
    Cooperative Extension Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program 

11:30 - MFGA Annual Meeting and buffet lunch

1 PM - RAD/SAD? Why are my young apple trees dying? - Dan Donahue, Cornell Cooperative   
    Extension Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program

1:30 - Brevis, the next chemical thinner for apples? - Duane Greene 

1:45 - When climate changes the apple scab rules and other such nonsense! - Liz Garofalo

2:00 - Brown marmorated stink bug in 2018, “Here’s Johnny!” - Liz Garofalo 

2:15 - Spotted wing drosophila: all over the place, but what can you do? - Jaime Pinero 

2:30 - Plum curculio and apple maggot fly: attract and terminate! - Jaime Pinero

2:45 - Swingers at UMass? No, not that kind! - the trellis kind for blackberry! - Sonia Schloemann 

3:00 - MFGA election results, pesticide credits, adjourn

Register (by January 7) and pay now using a credit card:

OR Mail-in registration form and program


Climate, Weather and Apples publication

"Climate, Weather and Apples." Published February, 2017. Lois Wright Morton, Daniel Cooley, Jon Clements, Mark Gleason. Available as downloadable PDF here.