Grapes!

All summer long, the dry and warm weather has been good for our seedless table grape trial. A couple of varieties did experience some winter injury (Marquis and Thomcord were the most damaged), but most made it through unscathed. They have taken off and grown very vigorously through the season, even without supplemental irrigation. We … More Grapes!

Biological warfare

Our group has been learning a lot about how to identify naturally-occurring enemies of plant pests (mostly aphids). As part of one of our research projects, we have been scouting very carefully, every other week, in our tomato and pepper experiments. We are learning that when we look closely, we are seeing a whole new world!! As … More Biological warfare

a big day

Last Friday, the person who has made Woodman Farm a truly special place for the last 40 years headed off into the world of retirement. John McLean (in the dark olive shirt, with the bright white tractor) has encouraged and inspired hundreds of students and faculty members over these years, and he has told us all … More a big day

an excursion

Last week, several members of our group took a trip. We travelled all the way over to Burlington, VT, where Margaret Skinner and Cheryl Frank Sullivan led a fantastic hands-on training for us as well as our collaborators from University of Maine and Pennsylvania State University. We got some direct experience identifying different species of aphids. We … More an excursion

Onions down!

Our overwintered onions have sized up nicely, and the tops have fallen for several of the plots. Fallen tops are an indicator of bulb maturity, so once this happens, we start measuring size and weight of bulbs. What are we seeing? There was a fair amount of bolting this year, especially in the earliest planting, which … More Onions down!