Click on the link below to download the PDF file of the Climate Change and Apple Disease talk presented by UMass Extension Fruit Team Educator Elizabeth Garofalo
G.202 is a semi-dwarfing rootstock that produces a tree slightly larger than M.26. It is a cross of Malling 27 and Robusta 5. It is fire blight and phytophthora resistant, but also has good resistance to woolly apple aphid, which is important in many warmer climates where woolly apple aphid is a rootstock pest. G.202 performs very moderately well in the stoolbed and produces good quality nursery trees.
G.202 has been tested mostly in New
Considerable debate exists around the best tree size and training systems for cider apple production. In the past several decades, tree size in many commercial orchards have shrunk, and those smaller trees have been planted at higher densities of trees per acre. This intensification has led to generally increased yields, decreased labor inputs, and increased dessert fruit quality in many orchards. However, the economic output of such orchards is contrasted with high up-front input costs, and the unique price and …
The profitable production of cider apples requires an understanding of production costs, expected yields, and realistic price expectations for cider fruit. Two scenarios can substantially affect the underlying economics of growing cider apples: growing apples for making cider within the same or an affiliated business, versus growing cider apples for sale to a separate cidery.
For growers who seek to supply fruit for their own cidermaking, the returns from that fruit must be considered in the overall context of operating …
The intentional production of cider apples differs from the tradition of diverting lower-grade fruit of dessert cultivars, e.g., ‘McIntosh’, ‘Empire’, ‘Honeycrisp’, etc., from fresh markets to an on-farm or third-party cider mill. For the purposes of this guide, “cider apples” refers to apples intentionally grown for the purpose of making cider. Likewise, “cider” in this case refers to fermented, alcoholic apple juice and products made from it. While the majority of juice that is made into cider in New England …
Growth vigorous | medium | weak
Form upright | spreading | drooping
Canopy dense | medium | sparse
Wood brittle | stiff | flexible
BRANCHING and BEARING TRAITS
Bearing spur-type | mixed spur and tip | tip-bearing
Cropping precocious | average | late | annual | biennial
Fruit drop average | medium | light | none (few)
Budbreak uniform | medium | weak | blindwood
Branching habit vertical | medium | horizontal | downward
Lateral branching profuse …
New NECAP related publication: Read here: UMass Fruit Notes; Vol. 84 No. 2, “Small Steps to a Big Future for Massachusetts Cider Apples”
Funding for NECAP is provided by NESARE Grant LNE19-373…
Cider Chick 007 (aka Elizabeth ‘Hawkeye’ Garofalo) has started a YouTube Channel in the Fall of 2019 focusing on adventures in cider apples and cider making as part of the Northeast Cider Apple Project. Tune in here…
Funding for this project is provided by NESARE Grant LNE19-373.…
Grow cider apples commercially? The NorthEast Cider Apple Project (NECAP) wants to hear from you! Please fill out this brief survey so we may know what’s going on out there!
Thanks. Terence Bradshaw, Elizabeth Garofalo, and Jon Clements
Funding for NECAP is provided by NESARE Grant LNE19-373.