Lake Ontario Fruit Program Enrollment

Program Areas

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

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  • Direct Mailings
  • Educational Meetings & Conferences
  • In-Field Educational Opportunities
  • On-Farm Research Trials

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Raspberries / Blackberries

Raspberries / Blackberries Raspberries are the most widely grown bramble crop in New York planted on over 450 acres in all regions of the state. Both floricane (summer bearing) and primocane (fall or ever-bearing) raspberries are grown and yellow, purple and black fruited cultivars in addition to the popular red raspberries make up the tasty crop. Ninety percent of the estimated 1.1 million pound annual raspberry crop is sold for fresh market and the remaining 10% is used to make value added items including preserves, juice additives and fruit wine.

Blackberries are closely related to raspberries and are grouped together with them in the 'Bramble' category of berry crops. Blackberries differ from raspberries in that the receptacle within the berry fruit is eaten along with the berry. For raspberries, the receptacle is left on the plant, leaving a hollow berry for consumption. Blackberries are also a more tender plant, successfully grown on 450 acres in more temperate regions of the state including Long Island, the Hudson Valley, the Finger Lakes region and fruiting districts near the Great Lakes.

All bramble crops need well drained soil as they are susceptible to soil borne diseases particularly Phytophthora. Potential growers should be aware of cane diseases and other pest problems, as well as the fact that raspberries and blackberries have an extremely short shelf life after harvest, making adequate post-harvest cooling essential. Brambles are often trellised adding to the production costs which can average about $4000/acre.

High tunnel production of raspberries and blackberries has been increasing throughout New York State thanks to research done by the Cornell University Department of Horticulture. This type of protected culture allows growers to extend the productive season of raspberries, extend the potential production sites of blackberries throughout the state and allows growers to produce a much higher quality fruit.

For more information about bramble culture, visit the Cornell Berry website.
Most Recent Raspberries / Blackberries Content

DEC Registered Pesticides for New York

Last Modified: January 30, 2017

This the the link to access the the NYDEC pesticide registrations.  Access labels here.  

Bureau of Pest Management - Information Portal - http://www.dec.ny.gov/nyspad/products?13

Did You Experience Drought Issues on Your Farm?

Last Modified: January 23, 2017

Did You Experience Drought Issues on Your Farm?
Please Help Us Collect Regional Information So We Can Help You Be Better Prepared in the Future

As you know, the summer of 2016 was a period of lower than average rainfall combined with higher than average temperatures that led to a drought of moderate to unprecedented severity in New York and much of the Northeast

A 2016 NY drought survey is being conducted and we need your input.
Please click on details for more information.

Niagara Co. Vegetable & Small Fruit Grower Meeting Presentations

Last Modified: March 7, 2016

Small fruit presentations from the Tuesday March 1, 2016 Vegetable & Small Fruit Grower Meeting in Niagara Co.


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Revisions in EPA WPS comment period open until Dec. 23, 2015
2015 Winter Fruit School
Spotted Wing Drosophila
Produce Handling for Direct Marketing
The Commercial Storage of Fruits, Vegetables, and Florist and Nursery Stocks
Bramble Harvest & Postharvest Handling 2012
Animals in Fruit Crops
Brief Overview of Labor Regulations & Recordkeeping for Farm Businesses
Spotted Winged Drosophila found locally and throughout New York and New England
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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

Tasting analysis of Honeycrisp

March 30, 2017 : Tasting analysis of Honeycrisp - Eastern NY & Niagara/Orleans County Samples

March 31, 2017 : Tasting analysis of Honeycrisp - Wayne County Samples

March 30, 2017 (Eastern NY and Niagara/Orleans county samples)
March 31, 2017 (Wayne county samples)
Tasting starts at 10:00am - approximately 2 pm or earlier
Please pre-register for this free event.

As many of you may know, We've been working on a statewide precision harvest management experiment, a 2 year funded USDA Specialty Crops Block Grant and New York Farm Viability Grant, "Measuring and Extending the Benefits of More Accurate Honeycrisp Harvest Predictions". This project is a continuation of Terence Robinson's precision harvest management work with some modifications. It focuses on Honeycrisp within the 3 main production regions of the state, in which many of you were involved.

The main goal of this experiment is to develop guidelines for precision harvest management by determining if Honeycrisp orchards can be evaluated at harvest for storage potential using fruit dry matter content, fruit mineral (peel and flesh) content, the DA meter, and piecing together complex block histories and cultural practices.

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Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course + Optional Food Safety Plan Writing Workshop

April 5 - April 6, 2017
April 5: 8am-5pm; April 6: TBA
Batavia, NY

Fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety. The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in 112.22(c) that requires 'At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.'
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Worker Protection Standard Training & DEC Special Permit Training Class

April 4, 2017 : Wayne County Worker Protection Standard Training & DEC Special Permit Training Class

April 5, 2017 : Orleans County Worker Protection Standard Training & DEC Special Permit Training Class

Worker Protection Standard Training & DEC Special Permit Training Class for Non-Certified Applicators and Handlers of Federally Restricted-Use Pesticides.

Pre-Registration is Required by March 31, 2017.

Certified Supervisors are required to attend the first 30 minutes of training!


New York DEC notes that the Special Permit process is intended for farm workers with English language skills that are not adequate to pass the DEC private applicators exam.  All others are encouraged to apply for their private applicators license via taking the certification exam.

Workers requiring general pesticide training/Agricultural Worker Protection Standard Handler training who do not need special permits are welcome to take the class; they will not be tested and will receive a course participation certificate.

Please click on details for more information and registration form.

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Announcements

Special Permit Training for 2017!

Special Permit Training for 2017 will be April 4th in Wayne Co. & April 5th in Orleans Co.
For more information & registration form click here.
Pre-Registration is Required by March 31, 2017.



2017 LOF Winter Fruit School Presentations

2017 Winter Fruit School presentations that have been approved by the presenters are now available here https://lof.cce.cornell.edu/submission.php?id=425&crumb=crops|crops|apples|crop*38; past LOF Winter Fruit School presentations approved for public distribution can be found under the Apples at the bottom in a list.


Working with a Spanish Speaking Workforce

Please use the link below to watch a YouTube video in which Libby Eiholzer, Bilingual Dairy Specialist of the Northwest New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Team and Mario Sazo, Extension Associate of the Lake Ontario Fruit Program discuss Building Campus County Connections: Working with a Spanish Speaking Workforce.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YkXmboxStE&feature=youtu.be


NEW! Pesticide Product Search Online.

The Cornell University hosted Product, Ingredient, and Manufacturer System (PIMS) is being replaced by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) Bureau of Pest Management - Information Portal's new pesticide product registration.

New search features are available and updates to the product data and labeling will be reflected instantaneously.


2017 Cornell Guidelines Available!

Now Available:
2017 Cornell Pest Management Guidelines for Commercial Tree Fruit Production
2017 Cornell Pest Management Guidelines for Berry Crops

These updated guidelines provide current tree fruit or berry crop production information for New York State. They provide valuable timings and recommendations for producers or consultants or anyone involved in the commercial production of tree fruit or berry crops.

Pricing:        Online       Print                     Both online version & print
Tree Fruit       $41          $41 + shipping      $57.50 + shipping
Berry             $31          $31 + shipping      $43.50 + shipping

Cornell Guidelines can be purchased through your local Cornell Cooperative Extension office or from the Cornell Store at Cornell University. To order from the Cornell Store, call (844) 688-7620 or order online.


2016 Apple Crop Survey Results

The 2016 Apple Crop Survey Results are now available.  Click here for results.


Apple System Payback Calculator Now Available!

Apple System Payback Calculator
You can down load this spreadsheet to help you calculate the return on investment for an orchard system you are considering to plant or invest in.


New York Apples and Hard Cider Classifieds

A new on-line classifieds has been launched to help apple growers and hard cider producers "connect" and conduct business. This website allows users to post items for sale and items for purchase. The site is not exclusive to growers and hard cider producers selling and buying to each other. The site can also be used for grower to grower business and hard cider producer to hard cider producer business. Click the following link to start the website: www.nyahcclassifieds.com. Click the following to download basic instructions on navigating the site: NYAHC Classifieds Notice


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