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Registation forms for the Winter Meeting on Jan. 18, 2012 can be found on page 7 of the December Newsletter.
• The December 2011 newsletter is now available.
QuinStar use labels and grower reporting forms available here.
New publications now available.
2011 frost tolerance photos available here. May 31, 2011 just added.
2010 frost tolerance photos available here.
• The IPM message is not activated. Look for new message in May 2012. You can also call 508.295.2212 ext. 60.
• The October 2011 weather is now available.
• The 2011 Cranberry Chart Book is now posted by section. The books were mailed March 24 to everyone who is on our mailing list.
• All of the presentations from this year's Cranberry Management Update are now posted online. Under the "Publications" tab above, click on "Scholarworks", then "Powerpoint presentations from past UMass Cranberry Station Extension meetings."
• There are now three filmclips on YouTube about flame cultivators.
• Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) Food Safety Manual now online by clicking here.
BMPs now available online.
• New publication: Homeowners Fact Sheet, a guide to planting small areas of cranberries around your house
• Cranberry Station celebrates 100th anniversary with endowment
100th anniversary memorabilia for sale

The Cranberry Management Update Meeting has been set for Wednesday, January 18, 2011, at the Radisson in Plymouth. Details will be announced in the December newsletter.

Training Workshops to prepare for Pesticide Applicator License Exams to be held at the Station February 10-11 and April 12-13, 2011. To register, contact Natalia Clifton at 413-545-1044.

BMPs now available online.

New publication: Homeowners Fact Sheet, a guide to planting small areas of cranberries around your house

100th anniversary memorabilia for sale

Cranberry Station celebrates 100th anniversary with endowment.

April 8, 2010 - Now available online by clicking on the name of the publication: Reduced Risk and Organophosphate Replacement Insecticides in Cranberry 2010 and Winter Moth Factsheet 2010.

March 4, 2010 - The 2010 Chart Book is now available online. It is by section under "Grower Services", "Chart Book" and then the section you wish to access. We plan to mail out the actual books to everyone on our mailing list the week of March 24, 2010.

Newsletter renewal forms are due so that you will remain on our mailing list. Please use the form in the December newsletter.

12/9/09 December newsletter now available. Includes Notes from the Seventh Annual Cranberry Summit, Winter Meeting Agenda and Sign-Up, 2010 Newsletter Renewal Form, and Pesticide Training Workshop Dates.

10/7/09 In response to concerns about recent contamination outbreaks for tomatoes and spinach, the USDA Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) Training Program will be offered on December 3, from 12:45-4:45 at the Cape Codder in Hyannis. This program is sponsored by UMass Extension, UMass Department of Nutrition and the MA Dept. of Agricultural Resources. For details, click on the link above. There is also a second session of the same workshop at the New England Vegetable and Fruit conference in New Hampshire on December 14. Both sessions require preregistration. Information available at the links.

10/6/09 Now available by clicking on the link: Cranberry Bog Best Management Practices in Eastern Box Turtle (Terrapene carolina) Habitat. This BMP was a joint effort between the Natural Heritage Endangered  Species Program, Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife with editors:  Natural Resources Conservation Service and the University of Massachusetts Cranberry Station.

9/11/09 September 2009 newsletter now available. Includes information about Yellow Vine, Fall Fertilizer, Quinstar 4L for dodder control, NACREW meeting, Water Management Act, and Soil and Tissue Testing.

9/9/09 Now available from the Natural Heritage Endangered Species Program- Cranberry Bog Best Management Practices in Eastern Box Turtle Habitat. The BMP is designed to help preserve turtle habitat around cranberry farms. Cranberry growers can read the guideline that will help to minimize risks to Eastern Box Turtles, and maybe even enhance their habitat, without negatively impacting bog operations or productivity.

9/9/09 Soil and Tissue Testing
It is the time of year for soil and tissue testing. Instructions for how to sample are in the Nutrition Section of the Chart Book. Also refer to the Tissue Testing Fact Sheet. Samples can be analyzed at the UMass Soil and Plant Tissue Laboratory on the Amherst Campus. The links below take you to the instructions for sending, with prices.

For the UMass lab tissue testing instruction sheet with prices (you want "with Nitrogen")

For the UMass testing lab -- soil test pamphlet (you want test "C")

For the UMass testing lab home page -- complete list of services

7/8/09 PLEASE NOTE!  QuinStar Update. We have received a modification in the Section 18 labelling for QuinStar.
Please carefully read the attached letter. Click here for the new label.

6/15/09 June newsletter now available. Includes information about Avaunt, Delegate, leaf drop, EBDC fungicides, Twilight Bogside Workshop on June 17th, Final Keeping Quality Forecast and the Section 18 Emergency Exemption for QuinStar 4L.

6/12/09 Growers using QuinStar 4L need to fill out an applicator's report and return it to MDAR by November 30, 2009.

6/11/09 Section 18 Emergency Exemption for the use of QuinStar 4L (quinclorac) for postemergence control of dodder was granted June 10, 2009. QuinStar 4L is distributed by Albaugh Inc. and may be purchased from local ag suppliers. You must have a copy of the label in your possession to apply the product. Labels can be obtained at local ag suppliers or by calling the Cranberry Station. A PDF of the label is available on this website. The label expires July 31, 2009. The fact sheet is also available on this website.

5/20/09 The second May newsletter is now available. Includes information on two Bogside Workships, Worker Protection Trainings, Check for Bugs Now, and results of the 2008 Callisto Grower Survey.

5/12/09 The results of the Callisto survey are now available.

5/7/09 May Newsletter now available. Includes Weed Management Notes; Winter Moth; Pathological Thoughts; New Reduced Risk and Organophosphate Replacement Insecticides in Cranberry 2009; and Cranberry Station Bogside Workshops.

4/28/09 We have submitted a Section 18 Emergency Exemption request to EPA for the use of an herbicide for dodder control. No approval has been granted as of yet. We hope to hear by mid-late May from EPA and will alert the grower community when we get any news.

4/28/09 Chemigating Callisto.  Use 0.25% v:v solutions of NIS or 1% COC even when chemigating Callisto.  Cutting back on the amount of NIS or COC may reduce the efficacy of the herbicide.  For NIS, use 1 qt per 100 gallons water; for COC, use 1 gallon per 100 gallons water.  Please contact Hilary if you have questions - 508-295-2212 x 21 or

4/7/09 April Newsletter now available. Includes Bogside Workshops, Worker Protection Trainings, and Preliminary Keeping Quality Forecast.

3/24/09 The 2009 Chart Books are online and were mailed this week.

3/23/09 Further information on Callisto can be found at the end of the Weed section of the 2009 Chart Book.

3/10/09 MDAR approved the use of Callisto via chemigation in late February; this Special Local Needs label is valid for MA only. Click here for a copy of the 24(c) label. Callisto cannot be applied before bud break. Ensure that half-heads and screens are in place prior to usage.

2/20/09 February Newsletter Now Available. Includes Pesticide Safety Training registration form.

1/27/09 Hot Off The Press! CP-08, "Cranberry Production, A Guide for Massachusetts" is now available from the station. This publication provides information on many aspects of cranberry production practices and will be an excellent reference guide for daily decision-making in the field. This publication is a valuable resource for growers and cranberry-o-philes, alike. Follow the link to "Grower Services", then "Publications" to find the order form.

1/27/09 For dates and information about the UMass two-day workshop to prepare for your pesticide license exam, click here.

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12/08 December newsletter

11/08 November newsletter

07/08 July newsletter

06/08 June newsletter

05/12/08 Kerb Update: EPA has denied our application to use Kerb for 2008. It is unlikely that we will receive additional section 18s for Kerb in the future. Management options are discussed in the May Newsletter. If you have gotten some control with Casoron applications in the past and and would normally apply Casoron in May, you should seriously consider applying Casoron at your earliest opportunity, depending on when you have applied it in the past.

If you have extra Kerb in your storage units, DO NOT USE IT at this time. It is ILLEGAL to apply Kerb to cranberries. You can bring unopened cases back to your point of purchase; please bring a receipt if possible. Opened cases can be taken to agricultural waste collection sites (at no cost to you!). See May newsletter.

Short (24-48 hr) floods
in mid-May have also given suppression of dodder germination in some situations. These often timed to coincide with BHF floods.

05/12/08 EPA Denies Approval of Section 18 for Use of Kerb in 2008.

05/08 May newsletter

02/08 February newsletter

01/08 January newsletter

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04/26/07 Section 18 Emergency Exemption for Kerb is Approved! We have received the revised labels from the registrant. Paperwork will be available from local ag dealers or the Cranberry Station. It is now legal to purchase and use Kerb.

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07/21/06 Diazinon 14G is Approved for use in Cranberry for Management of Cranberry
  Under a special local needs registration (24C) approved by MDAR, Diazinon 14G made by Wilbur Ellis can be used now and for the next 2 growing seasons to manage girdler. A supplemental label is available at the vendors and at the cranberry station and is necessary if you wish to apply the material. Broadcast  21 lbs per acre or spot treat as necessary.  Granules should fall through the vines to the soil surface.  Irrigate immediately after application to insure that diazinon has contact with larvae living in the leaf litter. Only one application per season - mid to late July. Do not apply to ditch banks or ditch water.Ground application only, no chemigation or aerial application allowed. Hold water for 7 days. 5 Day REI.

06/29/06 JOB OPENING. Farm and Grounds Manager at UMass Cranberry Station. Applications are being accepted until July 28.

05/09/06 May Newsletter

05/08/06 2006 Chart Book Now Available as PDF

05/04/06 Read about Cranberry Grower Perspectives on Dodder Management at (click on "May 2006 Bonus Coverage").

05/05/06 Germinated Dodder Found on State Bog on Thursday May 4, 2006. Many seedlings were found on a warm edge of Howes. Growers should be inspecting to determine if dodder is germinating on their bogs.

04/11/06 Section 18 Permit Granted for Use of Kerb on Cranberries. The 2006 label is available at points of distribution and the Cranberry Station. Conditions of use are the same as in 2005. The Section 18 expires June 15, 2006. For details on use and other info, click here.

04/07/06 April Newsletter with Corrected Keeping Quality Forecast
A postcard with corrected KQF has been sent to all growers on the mailing list. The KQF in the April newsletter mailed out 5 April is NOT correct. However, the link above will take you to a modified version of the April newsletter with the corrected information already inserted.

03/22/06 2006 Chart Books going out in the mail today
Look for your copy soon!growers on various pest and crop management techniques through newsletters, workshops, and one-on-one contacts.

03/21/06 Free Agricultural Pesticide Disposal Dates

03/20/06 Pesticide Safety Training, April 5, 2006 (4 contact hours)

03/09/06 February Weather Summary now available. March to be available soon.

02/23/06 February Newsletter

02/10/06 January 2006 Weather

02/10/06 December 2005 Weather and 2005 Year-end Weather Summary

01/12/06 Mass Aggie Spring Seminars on pruning perennial fruits. Other seminars include vegetables, fish, lawn and lanscape. For more information, go to

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12/19/05 December Newsletter

2005 Weather

November 2005 Newsletter

August 2005 Newsletter

06/03/05 June Newsletter

06/02/05 April Weather

05/20/05 May Newsletter-Avaunt information-Please read!!

05/18/05 Section 18 Permit Granted for Avaunt: CB Weevil Control; and May newsletter with more info

04/22/05 EPA Invites Growers to Comment on Devrinol

04/19/05 IPM Workshop Apr 27, 2 contact hr

04/11/05 Kerb Approved for 2005 Season

04/11/05 April Newsletter

04/11/05 2005 Chart Book Available

04/07/05 March Weather

03/28/05 Watch Out for Winter Moth Damage; Link to Fact Sheets

03/25/05 Aquaculture Workshop April 9, 2005

03/25/05 Other Workshops (late March-early April): Help with farm taxes; negiotiating skills;one-on-one farm skills help; info on Schedule F

03/16/05 Availability of Devrinol 50DF-Status Report

03/15/05 February Weather Report

03/11/05 Multiple Job Announcements: IPM Research Technician and Temporary Farm Worker

03/11/05 Town of Falmouth Organic RFP Announcement

02/25/05 February Newsletter

02/09/05 January Weather Report

01/26/05 December Weather Report

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12/20/04 December Newsletter

12/20/04 November Weather Report

11/10/04 November Newsletter

11/09/04 October Weather Report

10/14/04 September Weather Report

09/14/04 August Weather Report

08/20/04 IPM Message August 20

08/09/04 IPM Message August

07/01/04 ACTARA available for cranberry weevil control

07/01/04 Job Opportunity Departmental Assistant - UMass Cranberry Station

07/23/04 IPM Message July

07/23/04 July Newsletter

06/30/04 June Newsletter

04/20/04 Job Opportunity Executive Director of SEMAP

04/20/04 Job Opportunity PCCD W. Wareham Farm Planner

03/01/04 Section 18 News

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11/01/03 Use of Late Water 2003



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