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04/16/2021

We get it, you can't always make it to the zoom meeting. No worries, we got you covered! Here is the newest UMass Extension Fruit Team Twilight meeting recording. Click the link to get up to date on all things apple and grape: https://youtu.be/xxvWem_eWJo

Hawkeye and the rest of the Fruit team are back in the saddle, bringing you the latest in the wild and wooly (apple aphi...
04/07/2021
2021 Fruit Growing Season Kick-off! Volume 29 Episode 1 by UMass IPM Fruit Loop • A podcast on Anchor

Hawkeye and the rest of the Fruit team are back in the saddle, bringing you the latest in the wild and wooly (apple aphid, haha) world of fruit production. Check out the first UMass IPM Fruit Loop podcast episode of the season here: https://anchor.fm/umass-fruit-loop/episodes/2021-Fruit-Growing-Season-Kick-off--Volume-29-Episode-1-euee2g

Its the all Hawkeye channel until I can hoodwink... I mean, get someone else to join me in the weekly Healthy Fruit shenanigans. Nonetheless, listen in for your in season weekly run down of what all is afoot in the orchard and field. This week you will find budstages, disease updates and early seaso...

URI Cooperative Extension's Heather Faubert has posted the first winter moth update for 2021. Click this link to see wha...
03/24/2021
March 22, 2021 Winter moth update

URI Cooperative Extension's Heather Faubert has posted the first winter moth update for 2021. Click this link to see what's happening out there! https://web.uri.edu/ipm/2021/03/march-22-2021-winter-moth-update/

March 22, 2021 Winter moth update Winter moth update, March 24, 2021 Winter moth populations have been decreasing for several years, though they can still be a problem for people growing apples, pears, and blueberries. Over the last decade, winter moth eggs started hatching anywhere from mid-March t...

03/19/2021

The latest recording from the New England Extension Fruit Educators Consortium is on Youtube and ready to view!
Use the link below to hear about Honecrisp bitter pit and soft scald research and get all the juicy details about the AgRadar relaunch!
https://youtu.be/Doaq4BMV7gU

8 new counties have been added to PA's spotted lanternfly quarantine. Populations have been established in states around...
03/11/2021
Spotted Lanternfly Quarantine and Permitting

8 new counties have been added to PA's spotted lanternfly quarantine. Populations have been established in states around MA. Make sure you inspect ANY plant material you are moving around to help slow the inevitable spread of this agricultural pest!
https://www.agriculture.pa.gov/Plants_Land_Water/PlantIndustry/Entomology/spotted_lanternfly/quarantine/Pages/default.aspx

The Spotted Lanternfly (SLF) Order of Quarantine and Treatment was created to protect Pennsylvania's economy and residential quality of life to stop the spread of this invasive pest to new areas within or outside of the current quarantine zone. This order and all addendums are available in the PA Bu...

UMass Plant Diagnostic Lab's Angie Madeiras will be presenting on Disease Management Strategies for Vegetable Seedling P...
03/08/2021
7th Massachusetts Urban Farming Conference

UMass Plant Diagnostic Lab's Angie Madeiras will be presenting on Disease Management Strategies for Vegetable Seedling Production in the Greenhouse tomorrow at the 7th Annual MA Urban Agriculture Conference - don't miss it! Two days of the conference remain and tickets are still available, here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/7th-massachusetts-urban-farming-conference-tickets-136974220581

The Massachusetts Urban Farming Conference (UFC) will convene local and regional experts, advocates, and innovators to support urban farming

Did you miss the New England Winter Fruit Meeting Series presentation this week on: "Cider Apples in 2021: Where do we s...
02/12/2021
Cider Chick 007 - YouTube

Did you miss the New England Winter Fruit Meeting Series presentation this week on: "Cider Apples in 2021: Where do we stand?"
No worries, you KNOW we got you covered!
Both videos from the cider session can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWrmWfBqbcK8FgjVTuRT0Gw
Click the link to check them out!

I set out on a mission (insert corny Blues Brothers joke here) to hunt down hard cider apple varieties being grown commercially in Massachusetts (and as far ...

The folks at Cornell Cooperative Extension are offering a wonderful educational opportunity about growing uncommon fruit...
02/02/2021
Uncommon Fruit - Considerations for Commercial Cultivation

The folks at Cornell Cooperative Extension are offering a wonderful educational opportunity about growing uncommon fruits!
Use this link to learn more and register: https://cce-enychp.teachable.com/p/uncommon-fruit-considerations-for-commercial-cultivation

President of Micosta Enterprises, a specialty food enterprise that focuses on growing and marketing uncommon fruit and creating specialty food products from them. Steve is a former Cornell Cooperative Extension berry crops specialist in the Hudson Valley region of NY where he still lives and works....

Including the Q&A portion of a meeting in a video doesn't make for an exciting watch, so we put it in a podcast instead!...
01/28/2021
Off Season Fruit Loop No. 4: Winter Meeting Series, Blueberry Twig Blight Q & A With MSU's Mark Longstroth by UMass IPM Fruit Loop • A podcast on Anchor

Including the Q&A portion of a meeting in a video doesn't make for an exciting watch, so we put it in a podcast instead! All the great information that was contained in this week's Blueberry Twig Blight presentation is now available to you by way of the UMass IPM Fruit Loop! Take a listen!
https://anchor.fm/umass-fruit-loop/episodes/Off-Season-Fruit-Loop-No--4-Winter-Meeting-Series--Blueberry-Twig-Blight-Q--A-With-MSUs-Mark-Longstroth-epjnbm

As you may know the fruit Extension Educators from New York and New England have teamed up to organize a series of winter meetings, via zoom of course. These meetings are being held once a week throughout the rest of the winter. Extension Educators, and faculty from New York, New England and beyond....

Couldn’t make it to this week’s New England Winter Fruit Meeting?? No sweat, we got you! Check out MSU’s Dr. Bill Shane ...
01/20/2021
New England Winter Fruit Seminar Series: Keeping Peach Tress Healthy and Productive

Couldn’t make it to this week’s New England Winter Fruit Meeting?? No sweat, we got you! Check out MSU’s Dr. Bill Shane as he dishes all the sweet stuff on how to maintain peach tree health and productivity.
#healthyplants = #IPM #🍑

https://youtu.be/te3EfCR4x6g

Dr. Bill Shane from MSU shares all the basics (and quite a bit more) of how to establish and properly train a healthy peach planting. He discusses different ...

It may not be the white Holiday everyone was hoping for but thank goodness we are nearly entirely out of the water defic...
12/26/2020

It may not be the white Holiday everyone was hoping for but thank goodness we are nearly entirely out of the water deficit we have been struggling with in MA for most of 2020! May your Holidays be healthy and happy and your 2021 be filled with all the (water and...) things you need.

The first of a series of online regional fruit production meetings will be held January 12, 2021 via Zoom. This meeting ...
12/18/2020
New England Winter Fruit Seminar Series

The first of a series of online regional fruit production meetings will be held January 12, 2021 via Zoom. This meeting will present research on how to store Honeycrisp apples. Click the link below to see more details on this and our other winter offerings! https://ag.umass.edu/fruit/news-events/new-england-winter-fruit-seminar-series

Due to the current COVID 19 situation, we will not be able to hold face-to-face meetings for the foreseeable future. However, in an effort to provide fruit growers in the New England region (and beyond) the same quality educational opportunities we have in the past, fruit Extension Educators through...

12/15/2020

The MyIPM app is a great way to help identify and manage pests on the fly! Check out this quick video to learn all about how to use MyIPM:
https://youtu.be/4pzSHRv-pss

Decision support systems (DSS) play an important role in helping guide IPM plans on farm. Tune into part 3 in the UMass ...
12/07/2020
Off Season Fruitloop- Forecast Models and Decision Support Systems- Part 3 by UMass IPM Fruit Loop • A podcast on Anchor

Decision support systems (DSS) play an important role in helping guide IPM plans on farm. Tune into part 3 in the UMass IPM fruit Loop's DSS series to learn how to interpret apple scab risk output and how to use it to make a fungicide application decision: https://anchor.fm/umass-fruit-loop/episodes/Off-Season-Fruitloop--Forecast-Models-and-Decision-Support-Systems--Part-3-engbj2

Short and action packed. This episode of the UMass IPM Fruit Loop takes you through a super duper quick review of just what it is we are talking about (erm... it decision support systems, y'all) and then a fairly comprehensive description of how to interpret apple scab risk forecast output from both...

Nearly 90% of the state is still experiencing a water deficit. Let’s hope all these dreary days pay off and get us back ...
12/05/2020

Nearly 90% of the state is still experiencing a water deficit. Let’s hope all these dreary days pay off and get us back up to where we need to be!

Ever wonder what makes a pest forecast model tick? You should! Tune into the UMass IPM Fruitloop to learn about how fore...
11/30/2020
Off Season Fruitloop- Forecast Models and Decision Support Systems- Part 2 by UMass IPM Fruit Loop • A podcast on Anchor

Ever wonder what makes a pest forecast model tick? You should! Tune into the UMass IPM Fruitloop to learn about how forecast models are developed. This second episode covers details on degree days, forecast model development and climatic data. Click the link and listen in! https://anchor.fm/umass-fruit-loop/episodes/Off-Season-Fruitloop--Forecast-Models-and-Decision-Support-Systems--Part-2-en5n42

'20-'21 Off Season Release Episode 1 In this episode, Hawkeye discusses degree days, forecast model development and implementation of climatic variable within those two structures. Just about everything you have ever wanted to know about decision support systems and forecast models, plus maybe a lit...

Ever wonder what makes a pest forecast model tick? You should! Tune into the UMass IPM Fruitloop to learn about how fore...
11/20/2020
Off Season Fruitloop- Forecast Models and Decision Support Systems- Part 1 by UMass IPM Fruit Loop • A podcast on Anchor

Ever wonder what makes a pest forecast model tick? You should! Tune into the UMass IPM Fruitloop to learn about how forecast models are developed. This first episode covers details on three key orchard pests in order to lay the biological groundwork on which models are built. Click the link and listen in!
https://anchor.fm/umass-fruit-loop/episodes/Off-Season-Fruitloop--Forecast-Models-and-Decision-Support-Systems--Part-1-emp4pd

'20-'21 Off Season Release Episode 1 In this episode, Hawkeye dives deep on key pathogen and insect pest life cycles to lay the groundwork for a larger discussion about what forecast models are, how they work and how models, and the decision support systems that implement them fit into an IPM progra...

New Flashback episodes of the UMass IPM Fruit Loop are up. Tune in and harken back to the simpler days of Spring 2020, b...
10/01/2020
UMass IPM Fruit Loop • A podcast on Anchor

New Flashback episodes of the UMass IPM Fruit Loop are up. Tune in and harken back to the simpler days of Spring 2020, before the drought and when there seemed there might stil be a chance COVID wouldn't get too bad. Click the link to listen in! https://anchor.fm/umass-fruit-loop

Welcome to The UMass IPM Fruit Loop! While Hawkeye and Lens do most of the talking, this is a co-creation of weekly contributions from Extension Educators Sonia Schloemann, Jon Clements and Elizabeth Garofalo. Extension and Stockbridge School of Agriculture's Dr. Jamie Piñero contributes weekly ins...

The U.S. Drought Monitor updates every Thursday. Here is the current state of drought in MA, as of last Thursday. Belche...
09/29/2020

The U.S. Drought Monitor updates every Thursday. Here is the current state of drought in MA, as of last Thursday. Belchertown, MA is down 9.2" from the average annual precipitation and Greenfield, MA is down 9.06". These locations are both in the "moderate" drought regions. Bridgewater, which bridges the "extreme" and "severe" drought regions is down 9.14" average annual precipitation.

CONNECTICUT invasive insect update: Spotted Lanternfly populations have been established in CT. Help stop the spread of ...
09/23/2020

CONNECTICUT invasive insect update: Spotted Lanternfly populations have been established in CT.
Help stop the spread of this destructive pest in CT by emailing your sighting WITH PHOTO to this address: [email protected]

To report a sighting in MASSACHUSETTS (no known established populations in MA yet) use this link: https://massnrc.org/pests/slfreport.aspx

Ever wonder what that squishy rot spot on your 🍎 is? Many things can cause rot in apple. Only bitter rot develops this c...
09/17/2020

Ever wonder what that squishy rot spot on your 🍎 is? Many things can cause rot in apple. Only bitter rot develops this characteristic “bullseye”. When conditions are more wet, salmon colored spores decorate these concentric rings. To be extra sure, cut into the rot spot to see the other tell tale sign. This shows as a cone shaped rotten portion of the apple under the spot.

#nowyouknow #knowingishalfthebattle #rotsandspots #plantpathology #fungalbeauty #colletotrichum #apple #localapples #ipm

Hey now, it’s a podcast day! The UMass IPM Fruit Loop’s newest episode is up and ready for you to listen in! Apple matur...
08/27/2020
(Im)Maturity, Droughts and Spots by UMass IPM Fruit Loop • A podcast on Anchor

Hey now, it’s a podcast day! The UMass IPM Fruit Loop’s newest episode is up and ready for you to listen in! Apple maturity reports and a few othe juicy tidbits round this one out. Take a listen here: https://anchor.fm/umass-fruit-loop/episodes/ImMaturity--Droughts-and-Spots-eiom14

Lens has gone back to classes (virtually) and was not able to join me this week. SO, Lucky you! (hahaha) This is an all Hawkeye episode, new music, same goofy me. A new invasive insect pest breaks onto the scene, setting up shop in New Jersey and Staten Island NY. Jon's first official (official 'cau...

Yay, it's a video drop day! Head over to the Cider Chick YouTube channel to see the first of the 2020 pre-harvest apple ...
08/25/2020
Cider Chick 007

Yay, it's a video drop day! Head over to the Cider Chick YouTube channel to see the first of the 2020 pre-harvest apple surveys: https://bit.ly/34wrB4T

I set out on a mission (insert corny Blues Brothers joke here) to hunt down hard cider apple varieties being grown commercially in Massachusetts (and as far ...

Extension Educator Jon Clements will be hosting an open office hour on Tuesday's at noon. He will discuss apple maturity...
08/25/2020
Apple Harvest Maturity Report- Open Office Hour

Extension Educator Jon Clements will be hosting an open office hour on Tuesday's at noon. He will discuss apple maturity reports, PYO logistics and host an open discussion. You can find the Zoom link on our Extension Fruit home page under "What's New": https://ag.umass.edu/fruit/news/apple-harvest-maturity-report-open-office-hour

Printer-friendly versionAugust 18, 2020Join Extension Educator Jon Clements every Tuesday at noon for his apple maturity open office hour. Jon will discuss apple maturity updates, PYO logistics and hold an open discussion. The open office hour can be joined via Zoom: Apple Maturity Zoom https://umas...

Local paper Greenfield Recorder shares grower's insights on this year's fruit crops: https://www.recorder.com/Berry-seas...
08/24/2020
A fruitful season

Local paper Greenfield Recorder shares grower's insights on this year's fruit crops: https://www.recorder.com/Berry-season-35775007

In a year fraught with economic hardship, there’s another side of the coin: Local fruit farmers are reporting a bountiful harvest. “We’ve had an excellent season. It’s been an excellent crop of blueberries and we’ve had a lot of folks who’ve been very...

The entire state of Massachusetts is experiencing a  water deficit. ~85% of the state is laboring under drought conditio...
08/24/2020

The entire state of Massachusetts is experiencing a water deficit. ~85% of the state is laboring under drought conditions. Of that 85%, ~25% of the state is experiencing severe drought conditions. Count yourself wise if you have irrigation in place.
For more drought stats, check out the National Drought Monitor:
https://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/CurrentMap/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?MA

New episodes are up and ready for your weekend listening pleasure! Hawkeye and Lens provide a rundown of this week’s Hea...
08/08/2020
AFTER THE STORM, Healthy Fruit Vol.28 Issue 18 by UMass IPM Fruit Loop • A podcast on Anchor

New episodes are up and ready for your weekend listening pleasure! Hawkeye and Lens provide a rundown of this week’s Healthy Fruit newsletter as well as another flashback episode. Take a listen!

https://anchor.fm/umass-fruit-loop/episodes/AFTER-THE-STORM--Healthy-Fruit-Vol-28-Issue-18-ehqsoq

It's a bit of a challenge to record a podcast without electricity, but lights are back on after Tropical Storm Isaias got done throwing it's fit in New England.... and Hawkeye and Lens got to it!! A bit punchy perhaps, they deliver insect, disease, and other fruitful news in between picking up tree....

Hawkeye and Lens back together for this flashback episode of the UMass IPM Fruit Loop. Ahhhhh, the days when it still se...
07/29/2020
A FRUITFUL FLASHBACK!, Healthy Fruit Vol.28 Issue 1 by UMass IPM Fruit Loop • A podcast on Anchor

Hawkeye and Lens back together for this flashback episode of the UMass IPM Fruit Loop. Ahhhhh, the days when it still seemed like 2020 might pull it together!! Tune in for a retrospective look back to March, and a few laughs as well. You know how we do 😉.

https://anchor.fm/umass-fruit-loop/episodes/A-FRUITFUL-FLASHBACK---Healthy-Fruit-Vol-28-Issue-1-ehc5gr

Hawkeye and Lens travel back in time. The destination?, The beginning of the growing season with a touch of March Madness!! Although the time has passed, this rewind is not in vain. Climb aboard the time machine, and recall what pests, diseases, and other important twists were thrown our way in Spri...

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