UMass Extension Fruit Advisor Program

Publications

The UMass Extension Fruit Advisor offers a variety of print and electronic publications.

Orchard BMP Manual

Best Management Practices (BMPs) can be defined as those farming operations which provide efficient use of resource, optimized economic returns to the farm, provide the greatest possible safety for workers and consumers, and reduce adverse effects on the environment surrounding and within the farming operation. This manual contains best management practices for orchards.

Small Fruit BMP Manual

Best management practices (BMPs) can be defined as those farming operations which provide efficient use of resource, optimized economic returns to the farm, provide the greatest possible safety for workers and consumers, and reduce adverse effects on the environment surrounding and within the farming operation. This manual contains best management practices for small fruit.

New England Tree Fruit Management Guide

The Guide is a joint project between the New England Extension faculty and professionals and Cornell University to provide the best information available for the management of commercial tree fruit in the region.

New England Small Fruit Management Guide

The guide is intended for commercial farmers to provide information on pest management practices for small fruit crops in New England.

Fruit IPM Guidlines

In operation for over 30 years, the current IPM emphasis is to develop techniques to incorporate all pest management practices with all horticultural practices used in production of apples, stawberries, blueberries, brambles and grapes, and advance non-pesticidal ways of managing key pests (insects, diseases, weeds and sometimes wildlife).

Fact Sheets

for Tree Fruit, Small Fruit, General Fruit and Homeowners

Newsletters

You can subscribe to the following newsletters by downloading the mail-in order form and mailing it in with your payment.

  • Fruit Notes
    Prepared by the UMass Department of Plant, Soil & Insect Sciences. Subscription rates: $25 per year for the print version and $20 per year for the email version. All payments must be made in United States currency. Contact Wesley Autio at (413)545- 2963 or autio@pssci.umass.edu.
  • Healthy Fruit
    Healthy Fruit is a timely newsletter that includes information on tree-fruit horticulture, pest management, and related topics. The primary target 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.
  • Berry Notes
    Berry Notes is a comprehensive monthly publication that includes seasonally relevant information on small fruit production, pest management, marketing, and related topics. Short articles on recent research results are also often included. Information about all types of production practices including IPM, organic, and conventional management is provided. Summer issues of Berry Notes often include pest alerts, scouting results, and reminders and/or checklists for important crop management activities (such as how and when to renovate strawberry beds).
  • IPM Berry Blast
    IPM Berry Blast is a periodic e-message that highlights specific pest issues (insect, disease or weed), on a timely basis through the growing season.  These messages contain basic identification and life cycle information along with integrated management (IPM) recommendations for pests likely to be found at the time the message is issued.  Recommendations are based on current information, which may change from year to year, so refer to archived messages only for general information. The IPM Berry Blasts are offered at no charge to subscribers of UMass Berry Notes and can be accessed by all on the FruitAdvisor website at any time.  For more information, contact: Sonia Schloemann, (413)545-4347, sgs@umext.umass.edu.