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The art of grafting fruit trees – The Tree of 40 Fruit project

Posted on 08. Jan, 2015 by .

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Grafting is an advanced orchard management skill that many of you likely use to some degree or another. Artist Sam Van Aken takes it to the extreme in his Tree of 40 Fruit project. He creates  beautiful fruiting trees – seeing is believing. Check out the link below for additional photos of his work and […]

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Weathering the Climate: Michigan State fruit industry stories

Posted on 08. Dec, 2014 by .

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We look to MSU for a lot of expertise on fruit production that is simply not available in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinios or Iowa. The most recent issue of MSU’s Futures magazine includes an eight page story about extreme weather and its affect on the Michigan fruit industry. http://agbioresearch.msu.edu/news/weathering_the_climate_michigan_agriculture_braces_for_mother_nature_with_h The story goes into detail about March […]

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Invite: December 5th party to celebrate collaboration!

Posted on 25. Nov, 2014 by .

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In celebration of our 25th year on the UW-Madison campus working on sustainable agriculture, CIAS invites all of you who we’ve worked with over the years to join us December 5th for a reunion. This event will be held from 2:00-5:30pm on Friday, December 5, at the Holy Wisdom Monastery in Middleton. Our apple partners […]

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2015 EQIP sign-up open

Posted on 05. Nov, 2014 by .

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From the IPM Institute: The USDA-NRCS Support Adoption of Integrated Pest Management Local offices of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) are accepting applications for the 2015 Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP).  EQIP is a voluntary program that can help your farm access financial and technical assistance to implement more than […]

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And now for something completely different: Dylan Thomas – Fern Hill

Posted on 31. Oct, 2014 by .

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Listen to Dylan Thomas read this amazing poem set in an apple orchard…. Dylan Thomas – Fern Hill Now as I was young and easy under the apple boughs About the lilting house and happy as the grass was green, The night above the dingle starry, Time let me hail and climb Golden in the […]

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Building your management capacity for fruit production

Posted on 30. Oct, 2014 by .

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Growing fruit is risky business, and developing your management skills may help you navigate those risks. UWEX is offering a two-day workshop to provide fruit growers with individualized, in-depth coaching on management skills. The Assessment Center features individual and group simulations and activities involving challenges that an owner/manager of a farm may encounter. The assessment […]

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November 11 – Eco-apple meeting at DATCP

Posted on 14. Oct, 2014 by .

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We haven’t finalized all our speakers yet, but we think this year’s meeting is shaping up to be key in our partnership to strengthen apple growing in Wisconsin. We hope you can join us at DATCP on Tuesday, November 11. If you have additional agenda items, please let me know. We will be tweeking this […]

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“The Application of Physiological Principles to Fruit Crops”

Posted on 16. Jan, 2014 by .

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Cornell is offering an advanced school at the Geneva Station March 25th. I know this is a topic of interest for many of you. If you are able to attend, please let us know and consider sharing what you’ve learned!  http://events.cals.cornell.edu/indepthschool2014 This meeting will be a one-day intensive school focusing on fruit crop physiology and […]

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Illinois weighs in on cold hardiness

Posted on 08. Jan, 2014 by .

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On behalf of Chris Doll (University of Illinois Extension, retired) Most fruit growers in the Midwest realize that the recent winters have been pretty favorable to their crops, and that the big crop loss in 2012 was from spring frosts.  During my career, which dates back to 1941 when I remember picking Black Twig apples […]

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MSU’s Longstroth posts on cold hardiness

Posted on 07. Jan, 2014 by .

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Well, the polar vortex lingers on and the posts on the GLFW site keep coming. This one is especially relevant, with information on other perennial fruits, as well. There is also mention of losing cold hardiness with warmer winter temps. Didn’t I see that we may hit 40degrees by Saturday? Mark has a link to […]

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