Northeast Fruit Grower’s Journals & Logs

  • Northeast Fruit Growers Journals and Logs



    Friday, March 27th, 2015

    Scionwood is still available and will be until May 1st. Wood is dormant and in the cooler. This will be good news for latecomers, and those who want to do late spring bark grafting while topworking old trees.

    Record Breaking Cold in 2015

    Monday, March 2nd, 2015

    The only thing that annoys me more than nay sayers  of global climate change (that’s right not global warming), are those ready to embrace some idea of a local warming trend. That is, with the newly restructured zone hardiness map in North America showing formerly zone 3 areas upgraded to 4’s, and so on. These […]

    HMO Transfer

    Monday, March 2nd, 2015

    To the question of whether or not GMO apples can transfer genetics to other apple specimens, the answer is, you bet. Any alteration in the dna of an organism is transferable through sexual reproduction. It should be kept in mind that this would be the seed, it being the progeny, not the fruit (receptacle and […]

    GMO Update

    Saturday, February 28th, 2015

    An update, for those interested in such things. That homey little biotech company (supporters of the new technology were loving this referral of the tiny less than a dozen concern)…has…who’da thunk…been aquired. Yes, a week after the release of ARCTIC tm apples, the company was bought up by Intexon, another jillion dollar corporation, but with […]

    Orchard Cleanliness Reduces Apple Scab

    Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

    The following was authored by Louis Lego of Elderberry Pond,  with assistance from Brian Caldwell of Cornell University. Summary Apple Scab is perhaps the most devastating of all disease or insect disorders impacting apple production in the Northeast. While there are many new scab fungicides including some with systemic and reach-back capabilities (can be applied […]

    Dwarf Rootstock Mortality in Cold Climates

    Wednesday, February 25th, 2015

    The following is good reading when considering dwarf rootstocks in the colder climates. This is one of the many studies done through the US SARE system. (Look for more SARE project posts on our website.)   Authored by John O’Meara of O’Meara Family Farm with assistance from Renae Moran (U of Maine) : Summary This […]

    Newly Grafted Trees

    Monday, February 23rd, 2015

    Young grafts should be treated closer to vegetable starts than to trees. A nursery bed for that first year, at least, is required. Although the tree will require different environmental and nutritional needs than an annual, they do need the same sort of babysitting. Consider water and warmth as the “fertilizers” of first importance. This […]

    Ask the Farmer : Tree Irrigation ?

    Tuesday, February 17th, 2015


    Phosphorus for the Rest of Us

    Sunday, February 15th, 2015

    Phosphorus, a much needed macronutrient in plant health, is yet another resource mismanaged in modern agriculture. Traditionally, farm and even municipal wastes were returned to the growing lands to be recycled into the ecological chain. Present in respectable amounts in bones and urine, and lesser amounts in most plant residues, farmers utilized the P in […]

    GMO Apples for America

    Saturday, February 14th, 2015

    The USDA approved on this day, Feb 13, 2015, the first genetically modified apples for sale and growing in the United States. The two  varieties under the trademarked moniker ARCTIC, are variants of Granny Smith and Golden Delicious. The new apples, Arctic Granny tm, and Arctic Golden tm were created by the  Canadian company Okanagan Specialty […]

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