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2015 Healthy Fruit Newsletter

Healthy Fruit is a timely newsletter that includes information on tree-fruit horticulture, pest management, and related topics. The primary reader is the commercial grower, but anyone growing fruit trees will benefit.

Healthy Fruit is published weekly or biweekly from April through September and periodically throughout the rest of the year. Meeting announcements, fact sheets and bulletins published during the year, and updates to the New England Tree Fruit Management Guide are included with the Healthy Fruit subscription. The cost for subscription to Healthy Fruit is $50 per year for the email version. For more information, contact Jon Clements or you can visit the UMass Extension Bookstore or download and print the mail-in order form, and mail it in with your payment.

2015 New England Tree Fruit Management Guide

2015 New England Tree Fruit Management Guide

A collaboration of tree fruit specialists in all six New England states, and with Cornell University, the 2015 New England Tree Fruit Management Guide (NETFMG) is a must-have for all commercial orchardists. The 2015 NETFMG is 283 pages and includes chapters on: Integrated Crop & Pest Management; Organic Tree Fruit Production in New England; Pesticide and Sprayer Information; Characteristics of Crop Protectants Used on Tree Fruits; Disease, Insect, Weed, Wildlife, and Nutrient Management; and specific spray management recommendations for Apples, Pears, Cherries, Peaches and Nectarines, Apricots, and Plums and Prunes. The 2015 NETFMG is available for purchase for $25 on the UMass Extension Bookstore. (Or you can also use this mail-in form to order Healthy Fruit and other UMass fruit publications.) The 2015 NETFMG will also be available for sale at Fruit Twilight Meetings.

 
Mass Aggie Seminars 2015

The 2015 lineup for the Mass Aggie workshop series is now available. 
This year's workshops include:
 

  • Invasive Plants
  • 100' Fruiting Wall!
  • Fruit Tree Pest Management
  • Healthy Soils
  • Native Pollinators

Check it out at this link.

Winter and Early-Season Fire Blight Management

Winter and Early-Season Fire Blight Management Fact Sheet

Dr. Quan Zeng, Dept. of Plant Pathology and Ecology, The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station

"Fire blight is a devastating disease of apples and pears caused by a bacterial pathogen Erwinia amylovora. Last year, serious fire blight was observed throughout New England orchards. What winter/early-season management practices shal we do to keep the fire blight away from our orchards?" For the complete fact sheet, click here...

Submitted by Jon Clements, jon.clements@umass.edu

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