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Relevant Events

Lunchtime Q & A Session, Tuesday, June 9: Managing Field Crews during COVID-19: What Actions Should Apple Growers Take?

June 9, 2020

2019 Lake Ontario Fruit Advisory Meeting

December 12, 2019
Spencerport, NY

New Tree Fruit Business Blog

Last Modified: January 13, 2020

New Tree Fruit Business Blog. This site is a place to organize resources for the business of growing tree fruit.


Reflective Ground Cover For Coloring Apples At Harvest: Could Yield Revenue

Mark Wiltberger, Business Management Specialist
Lake Ontario Fruit Program

Last Modified: June 20, 2019

Reflective ground cover has been used in fruit-growing regions for a number of years now. The Lake Ontario Fruit Team conducted a field trial in 2018 of reflective ground cover at two Wayne County farms. The infographic contains information about reflective groundcovers including the quality and economic benefits found in the study and additional information on types of groundcovers and suppliers.


Supplemental Coverage Option for Apples

Last Modified: October 5, 2018

Supplemental Coverage Option for Apples - Should you add this endorsement to your apple crop insurance policy?

Elizabeth Higgins, Ag Business Management Specialist, ENYCH

Apple growers in New York are starting to see a new crop insurance option in some counties, Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO). I had a couple of questions about it in Ulster County last fall. Now that we are nearing time to sign up for crop insurance again, let's dig in a little deeper - what is SCO and why might you consider it?


Find Out How Your Employee Compensation Compares with the Benchmark Survey

Last Modified: April 17, 2018

Find Out How Your Employee Compensation Compares by Participating in the Farm Employee Compensation Benchmark Survey

Would you like to know more about farm worker compensation trends? Do you want to compare and manage your compensation strategy with accurate, up-to-date, and relevant information? Then participate in the Farm Employee Compensation Benchmark survey!

By participating in the survey you can find out how your employee compensation compares to benchmark data in your farm industry and across the state.
How can you participate?: click on view details below

Organizations Offering Respirator Fit Testing

Last Modified: March 8, 2018

Partial list of organizations offering respirator fit testing compiled by the New York Center for Agricultural Medicine and Health (NYCAMH)
When inquiring, ask these organizations about their fee structure, whether or not they will come to you, and if they can test the brand and model of your mask(s). Note that this list is evolving and may change over time.

Working with a Spanish Speaking Workforce

Last Modified: March 1, 2018

Building Campus County Connections: Working with a Spanish Speaking Workforce - view details for link to this youtube video discussion.

Agricultural Labor Survey!

Last Modified: February 28, 2018
Agricultural Labor Survey!

Agricultural Labor Survey: Help Us to Help You!

Do you manage employees on a farm? Do you need help recruiting and retaining good staff? Please take a brief survey and share important feedback that will help CCE develop improved resources for farm managers. The Cornell Small Farms Program, Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture Team, the Lake Ontario Fruit Program and the Cornell Farmworker Program are partners in this initiative.

For more information & link view details.

Labor Ready Farmer Website & Videos

Last Modified: February 8, 2018

LRF offers a team-based approach to address the challenge of being prepared to hire, manage and retain skilled employees by building skills of new farmers and Latino agricultural employees wanting to climb the ladder from labor to management.

Countdown to Census: What You Need To Know

Last Modified: November 6, 2017

Now under 3 weeks until producers start to receive the 2017 Census of Agriculture
USDA-NASS, Sue King (202) 690-8122 or Teresa White (202) 690-8123
WASHINGTON - Sept. 25, 2017 - In just a couple months, farmers and ranchers across the nation will start receiving the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Producers can mail in their completed census form, or respond online via the improved web questionnaire. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service has extensively revised the online questionnaire to make it more convenient for producers.

2017 Champlain and Vermont Young Grower Trip

Last Modified: August 29, 2017
2017 Champlain and Vermont Young Grower Trip

"The 2017 Champlain and Vermont Study trip was a great success and NY growers had again an excellent educational experience.
In addition, the friendships and professional relationships they made will be useful for their careers as orchardists in the near future.
Many thanks to all our sponsors, grower hosts, and to Matt Wells for organizing this successful event!"

Platform Payback Tool

Last Modified: March 2, 2017

This financial tool will assist growers in determining the annual savings by investing in a platform for pruning, hand thinning and harvest. Platforms eliminate the use of ladders and create a consistent work flow that improves labor productivity for labor intensive tasks in orchard systems.

2017 CCE LOF Winter Fruit Schools

Last Modified: February 8, 2017

Presentations from the 2017 CCE LOF Winter Fruit Schools.

Update on Special Permit Training 2017

Last Modified: January 27, 2017
Update on Special Permit Training 2017

Discussions are in process between CCE and DEC to obtain approval for Special Permit training in 2017. Please stay tuned for the latest updates, and (we hope) the eventual announcement of training dates and registration information. Regarding possible dates, please contact us if you foresee a repetition of last spring's delays in the approval of H2A applications, as we will take these delays into consideration in setting dates.

For more information please click on Details below.

Apple System Payback Calculator

Last Modified: March 16, 2016

Down load this spreadsheet to help you calculate the return on investment for an orchard system you are considering to plant or invest in.

Revisions in EPA WPS comment period open until Dec. 23, 2015

Deborah Breth, Integrated Pest Management
Lake Ontario Fruit Program

Last Modified: November 13, 2015

EPA is finalizing changes to the WPS. The WPS is a regulation primarily intended to reduce the risks of injury or illness resulting from agricultural workers' and handlers' use and contact with pesticides on farms, forests, nurseries and greenhouses. The rule primarily seeks to protect workers (those who perform hand-labor tasks in pesticide-treated crops, such as harvesting, thinning, pruning) and handlers (those who mix, load and apply pesticides). The rule does not cover persons working with livestock. The existing regulation has provisions requiring employers to provide workers and handlers with pesticide safety training, posting and notification of treated areas, and information on entry restrictions, as well as PPE for workers who enter treated areas after pesticide application to perform crop-related tasks and handlers who mix, load, and apply pesticides. The full content if you want to review and comment can be found at http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=EPA-HQ-OPP-2011-0184-2510.
A summary chart of major cahnges between the new revisions and the current standard can be found here. 
http://www2.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-09/documents/comparison-chart-wps.pdf

Apple IPM for Beginners

Deborah Breth, Integrated Pest Management
Lake Ontario Fruit Program

Last Modified: September 17, 2015
Apple IPM for Beginners

Pest management can be a complex system in perennial crops such as apples and other tree fruits.  "Apple IPM (Integrated Pest managment) for Beginners" is an excellent guide for new growers who want to grow apples, or want to be more familiar with managing pests in apple plantings.  Even growers who have been farming all their lives may know someone coming into the business that can learn from this guide and improve the quality of apples produced.  This 42-page guide will help new apple growers protect apple orchards from pests, in fact sheet format. This series of fact sheets is available in printed color format (see order form below), or in .pdfs https://blogs.cornell.edu/treefruit/ipm/apple-ipm-for-beginners/  It 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. "Apple IPM for Beginners" was partially funded by Federal Smith Lever Funds. Additional full color printed copies can be ordered from CCE-Lake Ontario Fruit Program.


New York Apples and Hard Cider Classifieds

Matthew Wells, Production Economics & Business Management
Lake Ontario Fruit Program

Last Modified: August 24, 2015

A new on-line classifieds has been launched to help apple growers and hard cider producers "connect" and conduct business.

Apple Harvest Preparation Checklist

Matthew Wells, Production Economics & Business Management
Lake Ontario Fruit Program

Last Modified: August 7, 2015

Utilize this pre-harvest checklist to ensure you have a successful harvest.  You can modify the checklist to suit your specific business.

Labor Cost Calculator for Platform Activities

Matthew Wells, Production Economics & Business Management
Lake Ontario Fruit Program

Last Modified: August 4, 2015

Download this spreadsheet to help calculate acres covered per day and labor cost per acre utilizing platforms.

Excel Spreadsheet: Calculator for Economic Loss of a Lost Tree(s)

Matthew Wells, Production Economics & Business Management
Lake Ontario Fruit Program

Last Modified: April 30, 2015

Pruning Labor Cost Calculator

Last Modified: April 3, 2015

A simple spreadsheet tool to calculate pruning labor cost per acre.

Presentations - 2015 Winter Tree Fruit Schools

Last Modified: February 16, 2015

Presentations given at the 2015 Commercial Tree Fruit Schools in Lake George (LG) and Kingston in the Hudson Valley (HV) are available by clicking on the following links.  

Excel Spreadsheet to Estimate the Cost of Installing A Deer Fence

Matthew Wells, Production Economics & Business Management
Lake Ontario Fruit Program

Last Modified: December 29, 2014

This spreadsheet assists growers in calculating the cost of installing a deer fence

Excel Spreadsheet: Partial Budget for Orchard Platform

Matthew Wells, Production Economics & Business Management
Lake Ontario Fruit Program

Last Modified: December 29, 2014

Partial Budget Template for Analyzing the Change in Cash for a Farm Considering an Orchard Platform Purchase

Excel Workbook for Analyzing A Fruit or Vegetable Farm

Matthew Wells, Production Economics & Business Management
Lake Ontario Fruit Program

Last Modified: December 29, 2014

Excel workbook for analyzing a fruit or vegetable farm business

Excel Workbook for Net Present Value Analysis of High Density Gala Apples

Matthew Wells, Production Economics & Business Management
Lake Ontario Fruit Program

Last Modified: December 29, 2014

An Excel Workbook to assist growers in analyzing the potential net present value of a new high density apple planting of tall spindle gala apples

Excel Workbook for Weekly H-2A Paystubs and Records

Matthew Wells, Production Economics & Business Management
Lake Ontario Fruit Program

Last Modified: December 29, 2014

Excel spreadsheet for H-2A and Domestic Farm Worker Pay Statements and Labor Records

Labor and Recordkeeping Forms Part 1

Matthew Wells, Production Economics & Business Management
Lake Ontario Fruit Program

Last Modified: January 21, 2014

Labor and record keeping forms needed for farms.  Pdf files for DOL Seasonal & Migrant workers Terms of Employment Form (english & spanish) and Pay Notice & Work Agreement for Farm Workers are included.

Labor and Recordkeeping Forms Part 2

Matthew Wells, Production Economics & Business Management
Lake Ontario Fruit Program

Last Modified: January 21, 2014

Labor and record keeping forms needed for farms. Pdf files for Daily Record of Crew and Emergency Contact Form are included.

Labor and Recordkeeping Forms Part 3

Matthew Wells, Production Economics & Business Management
Lake Ontario Fruit Program

Last Modified: January 21, 2014

Labor and recordkeeping forms for farms.  Pdf files for Today's Picker Record Blank, Weekly Picker Sheet (horizontal), and Weekly Picker Sheet (vertical).

Labor and Recordkeeping Forms Part 4

Matthew Wells, Production Economics & Business Management
Lake Ontario Fruit Program

Last Modified: January 21, 2014

Labor and recordkeeping forms for farm.  Pfd files for Delivery Sheet & Driver Information Sheet For Storage.

Labor and Recordkeeping Forms Part 5

Matthew Wells, Production Economics & Business Management
Lake Ontario Fruit Program

Last Modified: January 14, 2014

Labor and recordkeeping forms make it easier to keep track of all the important details on your farm.  These forms are available in .pdf format below.

Regulations, forms, and posters for Agriculture Employers

Last Modified: January 14, 2014

Regulations, forms, and posters required for growers can be found in the following links.

Brief Overview of Labor Regulations & Recordkeeping for Farm Businesses

Matthew Wells, Production Economics & Business Management
Lake Ontario Fruit Program

Last Modified: July 31, 2013

This document provides a brief overview of state & federal labor regulations that apply to many fruit farms in N.Y.S., as well as examples of record keeping forms that assist growers in meeting these regulations.

Labor Efficiency Economics in Apple Planting Systems

Matthew Wells, Production Economics & Business Management
Lake Ontario Fruit Program

Last Modified: July 31, 2013

NYS apple growers are investing in new high density apple planting systems which allow for increases in labor efficiency through various levels of mechanization.  Various types of orchard platforms (reducing ladder usuage for handthinning, tree training, trellis installation and perhaps harvest) and tractor mounted shearers (replacing summer pruning) reportedly increase labor efficiency from 10-90%.


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Upcoming Events

Lunchtime Q & A Session, Tuesday, June 9: Managing Field Crews during COVID-19: What Actions Should Apple Growers Take?

June 9, 2020

As New York "Reopens" business during the COVID-19 crisis, business owners are evaluating what actions they need to take to protect themselves, their employees, and their customers. Join a panel of experts for a Question and Answer lunchtime session on June 9th, 2020 at noon that will address common questions that apple growers and other producers have about managing their field crew.

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Announcements

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2020 Events - for details and registration info click on the event title of interest:

CCE prioritizes the health, safety and well-being of the communities we serve. Given the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, and due to an abundance of caution certain events will be cancelled. Please check back through out the week for any additional event cancellations.


9 Jun - Q & A Session: Managing Field Crews during COVID-19: What Actions Should Apple Growers Take? Tuesday, June 9, 12-1 PM - Register for this Zoom Webinar Now


Spring Meetings Recordings & Slides Available

Meeting pdf & recorded webinar resources including the "10-13mm Thinning Spray Recommends" are now available at https://lof.cce.cornell.edu/submission.php?id=707&crumb=crops|crops|apples|crop*38.

Bloom Pesticides for Pollinator Health

A reference table created by Janet van Zoeren and Anna Wallis, is now available at https://lof.cce.cornell.edu/submission.php?id=711&crumb=pests|pests.

Weekly Webinars

Weekly webinar and/or virtual office hours, due to changing webinar links blogs are linked below for most accurate times and additional webinars please check the following links a few days before the suggested weekly days described below so you don't miss anything.

Weekly Berry Office Hours held on Thursdays at 12:30pm via Zoom or on your phone. Format will be a short, in-depth presentation about a production issue and then Q&A. Join each week, or view recordings that will be posted. 

Morning Brew: Tree Fruit Pest Management Conversations via Zoom held on Mondays at 6am - 7am. Hudson Valley Research Laboratory entomologist, Peter Jentsch, friends and guests invite you to join in discussions on Tree Fruit Pest Management through the season. Important…The meeting link may change every week as needed. Link on the most updated weekly email blog invitation.

Food Industry Office Hours to Answer COVID-19 Questions via Zoom held on Thursdays at 4pm - The Extension Team within the Department of Food Science at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY) and Cornell AgriTech (Geneva, NY) are hosting a weekly Q&A and facilitated discussions during their online Food Industry Virtual Office Hours.  You may submit questions when you register, email them in advance to foodsafety@cornell.edu, or ask them live during the session.

Cornell Hard Cider PWT Virtual Office Hours: Cider Apple Production via Zoom Thursdays from 4-5pm - Please join Cornell's Hard Cider Program Work Team for a question and answer session on any topic related to hard cider production that you want to discuss.


COVID-19 Update from LOF Team & Link to Resources

IMPORTANT NOTE FROM OUR TEAM:
Cornell Cooperative Extension's Lake Ontario Fruit Program prioritizes the health, safety, and well-being of our staff, constituents, and community members. Given the uncertainty surrounding the rapidly-changing COVID-19 situation, many of our upcoming events have been cancelled or postponed through May.  This includes on-site farm visits and consultations. Our specialists are working from home and will still be available to help you via phone, zoom or email and we will resume our regular programming as soon as we can. Check announcements and Upcoming Events for updated information and upcoming virtual events.  We look forward to helping you manage your farm business during this time and hope that you and your family stay safe and healthy!  

COVID-19 Resources provides links to all COVID-19 information.



H-2A Related Updates

Visas and Travel from Major H-2A Source Countries Jamaica has stopped processing visas until April. One embassy employee tested positive for COVID-19 and is now Read more…
by Richard Stup on March 18, 2020 

Arriving H-2A Workers: Reconciling Isolation and Essential Status
Much confusion exists about the availability for work of H-2A workers who are newly arriving from a foreign country. This post will attempt to clarify Read more…


"How to" Zoom: YouTube Video Link Available

To ensure the health and safety of everyone we are practicing social distancing.  Specialists are still available for consult via phone calls, emails, and Zoom meetings. Zoom  allows for a face to face meeting via a computer/smartphone and includes the option for screen sharing.  For anyone new to this technology Cornell has created a basic YouTube video on How to use Zoom.  

Pollinator Resouces

Now available Pollinator Resource Links


Article: "Supplemental Coverage Option for Apples"

Supplemental Coverage Option for Apples - Should you add this endorsement to your apple crop insurance policy?

Elizabeth Higgins, Ag Business Management Specialist, ENYCH


For the full article click the link below.

https://lof.cce.cornell.edu/submission.php?id=604




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