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Mass. Fruit Growers' Assoc. Annual Meeting

Massachusetts Fruit Growers' Association Annual Meeting

Co-sponsored by UMass Extension and the UMass Fruit Advisor

WEDNESDAY January 14, 2015. 10 AM to 3 PM

UMass Cold Spring Orchard 391 Sabin St. Belchertown, MA 01007


9:45 Coffee

10 AM - "Chemical thinning the 2015 apple crop -- what to expect and a new strategy." Dr. Duane Greene, UMass

10:30 - "Precision thinning -- 2014 experience and next steps?" Jon Clements, UMass

11:00 - "Fire blight -- what happened in 2014 and where do we go from here?" Dr. David Rosenberger (retired), Cornell University

12:00 PM - MFGA Annual Business Meeting

12:30 - Lunch

1 to ??? - Tall-spindle apple pruning demo (weather permitting)

2 pesticide re-certification credits requested

Pre-registration by 1/9/15 using credit card(OR via RSVP, 413-478-7219,) $25 (includes lunch) for MFGA members, $30 for non-MFGA members (includes lunch), $30 at the door (lunch only if extra availability)

Visit the Massachusetts Fruit Growers' Assoc. website for more details and to REGISTER (by January 9, 2015) for the meeting.

My Baker's Dozen Apple & Pear Pruning Tips

jmcextman: Out and about in the UMass Cold Spring Orchard...

My Baker's Dozen Apple and Pear Pruning Tips

As it approaches time to begin pruning your apple or pear orchard, here is "My Baker's Dozen Apple and Pear Dormant Pruning Tips."


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,

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