NH Vegetable & Fruit News

Published by our Vegetable & Fruit Team, this blog shares the latest news and research about vegetable and fruit production in the state and beyond. You can receive email notifications when we post new articles by subscribing to our newsletter. 

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(For posts before 2018, see NH Vegetable & Fruit News archives). 

NH Hemp Production Update - November 12, 2019

In March 2019, we wrote a blog post here describing the current status of hemp production in the state. You can read...

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SWD female lays an egg in cherry. Photo: Betsy Beers WSU
"What do we know about the seasonal biology and movement of spotted wing drosophila?" is scheduled for November 5, 2019 at 1pm EST.

Spotted wing drosophila (SWD) is an invasive fly that has become a serious pest of small fruit crops, like blueberries, raspberries, and day neutral strawberries.

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This seminar for orchardists will be held at the UNH Cooperative Extension office in Goffstown from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov 9, 2019. 

The featured speaker is Dr. Laura Nixon, post...

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Unlike traditional June-bearing strawberries, day-neutral varieties are less affected by daylength and initiate flowers as long as temperatures remain approximately 40–85°F. Also unlike June-...

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Registration is now open for the 2019 New England Vegetable & Fruit Conference and Trade Show. The event will take place December 10-12, 2019 in Manchester NH.

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On Monday, November 4, 2019 - the 11th Annual NH Direct Marketing Conference will be held from noon – 5:30 p.m. at the Portsmouth Country Club, 80 Country Club Lane, Greenland, NH 03840.

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Are you a vegetable farmer already using tarps? Or are you wondering if and how tarps could work best on your farm?

The Cornell Small Farms Program and University of Maine Cooperative...

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Summer pruning and training is critical part of kiwiberry production; come and learn how to do it in this hands-on workshop.

The UNH Kiwiberry Research and Breeding Program is hosting a hands-on demonstration of proper pruning and training practices for the commercial production of kiwiberries. 

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Cabbage aphid, sometimes called ‘gray aphid’ because of its’ waxy gray appearance, is a major pest of brassica crops. It has been particularly problematic in fall crops, especially during recent...

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Yes, you read it correctly. If you have tomato leaf mold, Chris Smart and her team at Cornell are studying this pathogen; and she needs samples.  She also would like samples of bacterial canker,...

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Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) flies are being caught in traps in southern NH, ME, and...

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This pest of pumpkin and many squash varieties are now active in high numbers.

Squash vine borer traps in southern New Hampshire continue to capture very high numbers, one of the highest  and latest populations we’ve seen in the past decade. Pumpkins and many squash...

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Find them when they are little before they do big damage!

Tomato hornworms are voracious feeders and older larvae can do quite a bit of damage to tomatoes and related crops. These older larvae are easy to identify by the stripes on their sides and their...

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Calling all farmers that have an innovative idea to improve the sustainability of farm practices! Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) Farmer Grants are now open for...

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It's time for both berry and tree commercial fruit growers to collect leaf samples so a foliar (leaf) nutrient analysis can be made.  Measuring the foliar nutrient levels allows fruit growers to...

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Just getting started farming? Get a jump-start on growing your agricultural business with this intensive six day course, which begins in August! Offering a wide variety of topics...

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Leafhopper time! - June 25, 2019

It's that time of year again! Leafhoppers are blowing in on some of those storms coming from the south, and the adults are hopping around on some of their favorite crops: beans, eggplants,...

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Please respond to a survey from our colleagues at the Vermont Entomology Participatory Action Research Team (VEPART)

Let us know if leek moth is affecting you by responding to this survey: https://forms.gle/wFeoqPcxERrF7aAe8

While leek moth is not found in...

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Johnny's Selected Seeds and Four Season Farm will host a free Farm Tools Field Day in Harborside, Maine on Monday, June 3rd.

The event will be a jam-packed day of tool demos and education,...

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Do you have pest problems with your Brassica crops? We can help. The Brassica Pest Collaborative (BPC) is a project funded by Northeast-SARE that brings together Extension educators and...

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New IPM Podcast/Blog! - May 22, 2019

Our integrated pest management specialist Anna Wallingford has been hard at work producing a new tool for growers in the state and region. Her new podcast is a collection of recordings that...

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This 3 day workshop will cover Aquaculture and Aquaponics on Day 1, Hydroponics on Day 2, Hands-On Farm Work on Day 3, with hands-on opportunities to work in the greenhouses all three days. ...

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Farm food safety is an important topic whether or not your farm is covered under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).  In response to numerous questions, UNH Cooperative Extension’s Food...

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Contact Anna.Wallingford@unh.edu if you would like to order a hard copy.

UNH Cooperative Extension collaborates with our colleagues in the New England states to bring you a regularly updated Tree Fruit Management Guide for...

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Last year, we compared yields of eggplant varieties in high tunnel production conditions. We specifically chose to focus on elongated types and to include new parthenocarpic varieties...

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We are asking for your participation in a survey on local food distribution being conducted by the UNH Department of Natural Resources. We invite commercial fruit and vegetable farmers like you to...

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Dial Fruit Pest Hotline (603-862-3763)


Anna Wallingford here, your new extension specialist in entomology and IPM...

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UNH Soil Testing Update - March 18, 2019

We have recently updated the prices of the soil & tissue tests offered by UNH Extension. We continually work to keep the program as affordable as possible, with this being the first price...

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The NH Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food (Department) and UNH Cooperative Extension have been fielding inquiries about growing hemp in the state. On December 20, 2018, the president...

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Brassica crops are not only an essential part of most farms' offerings, they are also on the menu for a whole suite of pests. Whether it's caterpillars, flea beetles, cabbage aphids or cabbage...

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Have you considered growing kiwiberry (aka hardy kiwi)? If so, there is a brand new resource full of excellent local knowledge that can help you succeed. Dr. Iago Hale’s lab has just released...

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2019 Pruning Demonstrations - February 15, 2019

Would you like a refresher on pruning apple trees, blueberries, raspberries or grapes? Or would you like to finally learn how to graft fruit trees? If so, we have several opportunities for you,...

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As part of our Northeast SARE project “Improving nutrient and pest management in high tunnel production”, we want to learn more about the practices you use and the challenges you face in your high...

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The 2019 Meeting of the NH Vegetable and Berry Growers' Association (NHVBGA) took place on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019 in Manchester NH. The full program, along with links to presentations, is now...

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In January 2018, the NH Winery Association and UNH Cooperative Extension co-sponsored this practical workshop for NH vineyardists and winemakers. Our featured speakers were Dave and Chris Stamp,...

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10th Annual Hops Conference in Burlington, VT scheduled for Feb. 21

The University of Vermont Crops & Soil Program will be holding their 10th annual Hop Conference this February! Current and future hops growers should consider attending this workshop to learn...

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We are asking NH Tree Fruit Orchardists to complete an on-line survey about accessing printed or web-based production information and support from Extension. Help Extension determine the most...

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The NHVBGA Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday, Feb 2 in Manchester NH.

The NH Vegetable and Berry Growers' Association annual educational meeting offers a full schedule of presentations on an array of interesting topics, as well as 3.5 recertification credits for...

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The NEVBGA's 599th Growers’ Meeting will take place on Saturday, February 9, 2019 in Hudson, MA.

NEVBGA & Cooperative Extension 599th Growers’ Meeting will take place on Saturday, February 9, 2019 - 8:30am to 4:00pm, at the Hudson-Concord Elks Lodge, 99 Park Street, Hudson, MA 01749

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The Monadnock Farm and Community Coalition and Cheshire County Conservation District, in partnership with ...

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The second biennial Northern New England High Tunnel Conference took place on Dec. 3-4, 2018, in Manchester. This program was co-sponsored by the Universities of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont...

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Although the window has passed for seeding cover crops for this year, it's never too early to think about how you can use cover crops next growing season. Recently, Carroll County Extension Field...

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Workshop about farm efficiency using the LEAN process scheduled for Nov. 15

Labor is often one of the highest expenses on a farm.  Reducing labor costs is complex.  The LEAN process helps farmers increase efficiency and systemize practices on their farm.  This has been...

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Under the Vines Field Day scheduled for Sept. 26

Those interested in the commercial production of kiwiberries, seedless table grapes, and fall-bearing strawberries are invited to the annual “Under the Vines” Field Day from 5 to...

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Interested in Growing Hops? - September 11, 2018
Establishing Your Hopyard event in Starksboro, VT scheduled for Sept. 28

Those considering production of hops should consider attending the following event in Starksboro, VT. In collaboration with Champlain Valley Hops, UVM Extension is hosting an event at their hop...

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Within the last week (August 15, 2018), cucurbit downy mildew (CDM) has been positively identified in Massachusetts in Franklin County, bordering VT and NH. 

CDM symptoms begin as vein-...

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One of the main benefits to growing tomatoes in high tunnels or greenhouses is that the plants avoid many fungal diseases that plague field-grown tomatoes, such as Septoria leaf spot (Septoria...

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Growers' meeting in North Haverhill scheduled for August 15, 2018

Have you ever wondered exactly how to get good airflow in your high tunnel? Do you have questions about fans, doors, materials, construction? If so, you will want to come and hear what Chris...

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alert - corn earworm found in New Hampshire
Corn Earworms - August 2, 2018
Fresh silking corn should be protected now.

Our network of sweet corn insect traps has detected a major corn earworm flight. Most of our traps are in Hillsborough and Merrimack Counties, so we have no data for the seacoast or Lakes region....

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Potato Leafhoppers - July 6, 2018

We’re seeing potato leafhoppers throughout much of NH now, and it’s time to scout your fields. These can cause serious damage on their favorite host crops, so now is the time to scout and manage...

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Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) flies are being caught in traps in CT, MA and RI in low...

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Those who grow crops in the Brassica family are likely familiar with the cabbage aphid, Brevicoryne brassicae, sometimes referred to by growers as “gray aphid”. It is often a significant...

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This brand-new 25-page guide provides an introduction to low tunnel systems, and shares lots of construction and management tips for low tunnel strawberry production, based largely on work...

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Growers meeting at Brookdale Fruit Farm scheduled for June 7

Join us at Brookdale Fruit Farm in Hollis, NH to learn more about the use of retractable low tunnel flex systems, plastic mulch layers and irrigation systems and how they can be used to help...

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While wild grapevines are pervasive throughout New England, they often go unnoticed through much of the year even as they climb over stone walls and up into tree canopies. That is, until the week...

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This may be the most common question I receive about spinach production: What are the little white spheres that I’m seeing on the leaves? They rub off...

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Join us on Thursday, April 26, from 4:30-6:30pm for a twilight meeting focusing on organic vegetable transplanting production. In addition to running a successful diversified CSA...

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Join us on April 19th to dig-in on soil health! This on-farm twilight meeting at Heron Pond Farm in South Hampton will highlight how to build and improve soil...

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apple orchard with wooden ladders and barrels of red apples
Taking Time to Understand the Market Channel and Preparing for It

Picking a market channel for your agricultural products can be a daunting experience. Instead of hopping on the bandwagon or just going with your gut feeling, take time to understand the market...

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Beet & spinach leafminer - March 28, 2018

In the last few years, New Hampshire growers have experienced some significant leafminer infestations on spinach, swiss chard and beet. The beet leafminer (Pegomya betae Curtis) and the...

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Do you grow broccoli, kale, and other cruciferous (cole) vegetable crops on your farm? Are you familiar with swede midge, a new invasive pest?

If so, we need your help....

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Do you need a refresher on how to prune your fruit trees, bushes and vines? There's no better way to learn than to head outside and get some first-hand experience. Our extension specialists will...

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The 2017 New England Vegetable & Fruit Conference and Trade Show took place between December 12-14, 2017 in Manchester, NH. It was organized over a period of two years by a committee that...

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Ginger plants

U.S. consumers are likely most familiar with the golden cured rhizomes of mature ginger (Zingiber officinale). Growers in the northeastern U.S. have been successfully producing "baby...

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UNH Cooperative Extension's Alan Eaton is pictured here. He is wearing glasses and his shirt sleeves are rolled up. He is picking an apple off a tree.

Alan Eaton has had a long and productive career with UNH Cooperative Extension, and as of December 2017, he has retired! We will all miss him enormously. We invite all of the farmers, gardeners,...

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In New Hampshire, if you apply pesticides on crops for sale and you employ workers, you need a private pesticide applicator’s license. This is true whether you apply general use or ...

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The 2018 meeting of the NH Vegetable and Berry Growers' Association was co-sponsored by UNH Cooperative Extension, and took place in Manchester during the annual N.H. Farm & Forest Expo. ...

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grafted melon seedling

Recent research at the NH Agricultural Experiment Station showed that grafted melon plants showed excellent resistance to sudden wilt, outstanding vigor, and increased yields of very high quality...

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Swede midge (Contarinia nasturtiiis a serious invasive pest of Brassica crops, including broccoli, cabbage and kale. Swede midge was first identified in the U...

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In January 2018, the NH Winery Association and UNH Cooperative Extension co-sponsored this practical workshop focused on managing important vineyard diseases, with support from an IPM Grant from...

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