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Jon M. Clements, UMass Extension, comments on alternative specialty crops

Jon M. Clements, UMass Extension, is one of five experts commenting on alternative specialty crops small farmers should consider growing. He says table grapes are in demand and consumers like the idea of picking their own grapes. (Growing Produce, 8/22/17)

Black Fungus on Norway Maple Trees
August 21, 2017

Richard W. Harper, UMass Extension, environmental conservation, says black marks appearing on the leaves of Norway maples trees indicate there is a fungus causing the so-called tar spots. Nicholas J. Brazee, UMass Extension, indicates the spots may be due to a condition called anthracnose. (Globe8/18/17, Western Mass News8/17/17)

Biogeographer Studies Wildfire Risk Related to Invasive Grasses
August 15, 2017

Invasive plant expert Bethany Bradley plans to create the first comprehensive assessment of how more than two dozen non-native, invasive grasses may alter fire patterns and carbon storage across ecosystems in the contiguous United States. (EurekAlert! 8/15/17)

Late Blight Threatens Mass.Tomato Crops
August 17, 2017

The UMass Extension Plant Diagnostics Lab confirmed a case of late blight in tomato crops in Hampshire County last month. UMass Professor of Plant Pathology Robert Wick said the disease has been recurrent in New England since a major outbreak in 2009. (NEPR 8/16/17)

Cranberries May Benefit Gut Bacteria
August 17, 2017

Lead researcher, David Sela, nutritional microbiologist at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, describes a role cranberries may play in promoting the growth of beneficial intestinal bacteria. ( Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 9/17,  ProHealth 8/6/17)

Boutt to Study Hydrological Cycle in Franklin and Hampshire Counties
August 9, 2017

The University of Massachusetts Amherst received a grant from the state to help waterways and habitats in Franklin and Hampshire counties. David Boutt, associate professor of geoscience, UMass Amherst, will study water samples to understand impacts of drought. Boutt is looking for samples from wells and streams across the region. To contribute a sample, call 413-545-2724, or email (Gazette 8/8/17)

4-H Horse Clubs and Beyond
August 7, 2017

Leadership skills, community service outreach and more taught through the 4-H Horse Calvary Club. (Country Folks 8/4/17)

Turf Research Field Day Held
July 27, 2017

More than two hundred people gathered at UMass’ South Deerfield research campus for a “Turf Research Field Day.” UMass turf professor Michelle DeCosta discusses turf benefits with TV22.

Poisonous Weeds and Plants in Western Mass.
July 18, 2017

UMass Extension weed specialist Randy Prostak interviewed by TV22 in spot on poisonous plants and insects. TV22 Springfield, 7/18/2017

Unlocking Genetic Secrets of Flower Diversity
July 12, 2017

Madelaine Bartlett, a biologist at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, is hoping to unlock the genetic secrets of flowering plants — information that could be used to grow better crops. (Globe 7/12/17)