MSU launches reformatted blueberry website

The MSU Blueberry Team has moved to a new format for information delivery, the Michigan Blueberry Facts website.The MSU Blueberry Team faced a dilemma in 2011. Grant funding for the MSU Blueberry Newsletter had expired.... more »

Managing orchard nutrition during an early spring

Early spring growth this year raises several questions about nutrient management in orchards. First, when should spring nitrogen (N) fertilizers be applied? Typically, N is applied either in a single application as growth begins in... more »

Mature Apple Scab release escalates

The release of mature apple scab ascospores at Penn State Fruit Research and Extension Center in Biglerville, Pa. approached 18,000 on March 22nd, just 72 hours after we first detected mature ascospores (Monday, March 19th).In... more »

Insect pest control in an early season

You probably have heard it a thousand times already but the degree days base 43°F accumulation for March 23 in southern Pennsylvania is about 4 weeks ahead compared to previous years (or 3 weeks compared... more »

Spraying oil for pest control

It will be interesting to see just how faithfully arthropod pest development responds to ambient temperatures during this year's unnaturally early spring warm-up, and whether our traditional correlations with tree phenology will break down in... more »

Growers to receive orchard survey

Tree fruit growers in Washington, Michigan and New York will be receiving a survey from Haley Consulting Services asking growers about their horticultural practices and orchard characteristics. Responding to the survey is critical, as growers’... more »

Earliest grape insects ever this spring

The early heat of 2012 has pushed insect development ahead rapidly, just like the vines, and so scouting should start in vineyards to help ensure vines are protected from insect damage if needed.I saw my... more »

Warm weather and a wet weekend put blueberries at risk for mummyberry

The unseasonably hot spring has fruit plants off to a quick start. Blueberry flower and leaf buds are opening (Photo 1), so growers need to think about mummy berry protection. The hot weather is supposed... more »

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