News

[10/29/2020] The UMN Extension Fruit and Vegetable Team is hosting three upcoming virtual events that you may be interested in. 

[9/10/2020] UMN Extension weekly fruit updates. Read the most recent articles here.

[8/19/2020] At Wold Strawberries, in rural Mabel, they’ve built a reputation for excellent pick-your-own strawberries.  As the berry season closed, Suzanne Wold-Burkness recently answered questions about the latest addition to the berry farm.  Strangely enough, the latest addition isn’t anything meant for human consumption or sale, but simply wild flowering plants.

The current Weekly Fruit Update includes an update on SWD and updated management guidelines Japanese Beetle.

[5/14/2020] A free webinar focusing on Covid-19 strategies for u-pick (pick-your-own) farms is being offered on May 20 at 4 pm. More information can be found here.

[4/10/2020] A new 2-episode series on What's Killing my Kale podcast that focuses on spotted wing Drosophilla (SWD) management is available. Listen to the podcast here

[3/30/2020] A new "What's Killing my Kale" podcast mini series that focuses on climate change and fruit and vegetable production is available. Listen to the podcast here

[3/20/2020] Information for fruit and vegetable producers during the COVID-19 pandemic: what we know. Read the Fruit & Vegetable News article here

[3/10/2020] Learn how the Network for Environment and Weather Applications (NEWA) hyper-localized modeling, paired with Onset weather stations, helps growers use the optimal pest management and disease countermeasures. Access the webinar here.

[8/30/2019]  As we approach wine grape harvest in the next 2-3 weeks, growers should remain vigilant in monitoring SWD (ideally, using traps located at on-farm vineyards), and if flies are present (e.g., trap catch >10 flies/week), consider using one of 4 alternating insecticides prior to harvest (e.g., Delegate or Entrust [organic-certified], Mustang Maxx, and Malathion). Read the entire article here

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