Lake Ontario Fruit Program Enrollment

Program Areas

  • Food Safety
  • Variety Evaluation
  • Market Development
  • Pest Management
  • Cultural Practices

Enrollment Benefits

  • Telephone / Email Consultations
  • Fruit Newsletter?
  • Direct Mailings
  • Educational Meetings & Conferences
  • In-Field Educational Opportunities
  • On-Farm Research Trials

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Apples

Apples

Apricots

Apricots

Asian Pears

Asian Pears

Blueberries

Blueberries

Cherries

Cherries

Currants

Currants

Gooseberries

Gooseberries

Nectarines

Nectarines

Peaches

Peaches

Pears

Pears

Plums

Plums

Raspberries / Blackberries

Raspberries / Blackberries

Strawberries

Strawberries

Unusual Fruit

Unusual Fruit

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Upcoming Events

2015 Lake Ontario Winter Fruit School

Event Offers DEC Credits

February 2, 2015
8:00 am 4:00 pm
Lockport, NY

The LOF Winter School is an opportunity to provide updates on recent research results, new pest issues, disease control, new technologies, and fruit supply topics to help growers continue to compete and produce high quality fruit. There are several guest speakers from Cornell faculty, and the team. This is a duplicate school held in Wayne County on Feb. 3, 2015. There is also a concurrent session  for Spanish speaking employees at the same locations.  Lunch is included in the cost of registration. Please click here for complete schedule.  To register by mail, click here.  To register online, click here.  To sponsor winter fruit schools online, click "Sponsorship."

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2015 Lake Ontario Winter Fruit School

Event Offers DEC Credits

February 3, 2015
8:00 am 4:00 pm
Newark, NY

The LOF Winter School is an opportunity to provide updates on recent research results, new pest issues, disease control, new technologies, and fruit supply topics to help growers continue to compete and produce high quality fruit. There are several guest speakers from Cornell faculty, and the team. This is a duplicate school held in Niagara County on Feb. 2, 2015. There is also a concurrent session for Spanish speaking employees at the same locations. Lunch is included in the cost of registration. Please click here for complete schedule. To register by mail, click here. To register online, click here. To sponsor winter fruit schools online, click "Sponsorship."
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Updated Farm Food Safety (GAPs) Training for Produce Growers

February 9 - February 10, 2015
8:30 AM Registration, program Runs 9 AM - 4 PM Both Days
Arcade, NY

Are you a farmer interested in produce safety? Are your markets asking for food safety plans or third party verification? Do you want to understand produce safety issues and Good Agricultural Practices as well as the FSMA proposed Produce Rule and third party audits? If so, join us for this multi-day workshop on Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and leave with a farm food safety plan for YOUR farm!
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Announcements

Apple IPM for Beginners

A guide for new apple growers to protect apple orchards from pests, in fact sheet format.
http://www.fruit.cornell.edu/orchard-ipm/

This series of fact sheets [.pdfs] will help you address the major apple pests, but does not guarantee perfect fruit. These fact sheets and scouting guides are a compromise between the most accurate, complex information researchers have to offer and the amount of information a beginner can take in.

Read the first four chapters carefully to start this new venture. Then follow the Scouting Calendar as apple stage of growth advances week-by-week. 


Excel Files for Business

Excel files to assist growers with different aspects of business management are now available on this website.
Click on the following titles for more info and the corresponding excel file.
Estimate the Cost of Installing A Deer Fence
Partial Budget for Orchard Platform
Analyzing A Fruit or Vegetable Farm
Net Present Value Analysis of High Density Gala Apples
Weekly H-2A Paystubs and Records



Production Economics/Business Management Position

We are happy to announce the new teammate, Matt Wells, will begin his role in the Fruit Production Economics and Business Management position for the Lake Ontario Fruit Program (LOF) of Cornell Cooperative Extension starting Jan 16. 2015. LOF serves commercial fruit producers in 5 NY counties along the shore of Lake Ontario where producers continue to invest in modern technology to compete in world markets. There are 26,446 acres of apples in the LOF region, 63% of the acreage in NY. Peaches, sweet cherries, tart cherries, apricots and many berry crops are also produced in the region.

Matt, Extension Support Specialist II, will work as a member of the LOF team, and closely with Cornell faculty and industry leaders to provide commercial growers and industry representatives with the educational resources in economics of production and business management necessary to assess if practices will enhance profitability.

Cornell University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educator and employer.

2015 Lake Ontario Winter Fruit Schools

Feb 2: Niagara County CCE Training Center, 4487 Lake Ave., Lockport, NY 14094. For more details click here.
Feb 3: Wayne County, Quality Inn, 125 North Main St., Newark, NY 14513.  For more details click here.



Spotted Wing Drosophila Winter Regional Workshops

Spotted Wing Drosophila Winter Regional Workshops

Regional dates (all workshops 8:30AM-4:00 PM) and locations:

December 17, 2014 Ramada Inn, 1305 Buckley Rd., Syracuse, NY Register by Dec. 10

January 14, 2015 CCE Albany Co., 24 Martin Rd., Voorheesville, NY Register by Jan. 7

March 4, 2015 Clarion Hotel, 8250 Park Rd., Batavia, NY Register by Feb. 25

5.5 DEC Credits available in categories 1A, 10, 22, 23 & 24.
For more Details and Registration click here.


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