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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Strawberries

Strawberries New York State ranks 8th in the nation in strawberry production. Statewide there are over 1700 acres in production yielding 3.6 million pounds with a cash value of nearly 8.5 million dollars. The vast majority of the crop is sold from late May into early July as part of the June bearing crop that is grown in a perennial matted row system. This crop has a significant emotional bond with consumers. Strawberries have long been the first locally grown crop of the season. Picking strawberries is one of the most popular agricultural activities in upstate NY with most communities hosting delicious strawberry festivals. Ninety-five percent of the crop is sold this way, often picked by customers and always for immediate fresh consumption. The remaining 5% of the crop is used for value-added processing.

With the advent of ever-bearing (also called day neutral) varieties many strawberry farmers have been able to offer NY consumers high quality, locally grown fresh strawberries later in the season - from August to November. Other production innovations include growing on plastic mulch to help reduce herbicide inputs and growing strawberries in high tunnels to lower the incidence of botrytis gray mold and other pests.

For more information about strawberry production, visit the Cornell Fruit Resources: Berries.
Most Recent Strawberries 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
Spotted Wing Drosophila
Produce Handling for Direct Marketing
The Commercial Storage of Fruits, Vegetables, and Florist and Nursery Stocks
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

2018 CCE LOF PGR Orchard Tour

June 29, 2018
8am - 1:30pm; lunch & celebration 2-5pm
Geneva, NY

We invite you to attend the talk titled "Understanding the Use of Plant Growth Regulators (PGRs) on Growth and Development of Fruit Trees" (Poliana Francescatto, NYSAES, Geneva), followed by a tour of her research plots at the NYSAES on Friday June 29, from 8am until 1:30pm. Following the tour, there will be a lunch buffet and a grower celebration to honor Poliana's work accomplishments at the Ramada Lakefront Hotel in Geneva from 2-5pm. Pre-register by 25 June 2018
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LOF Summer Fruit Tour 2018

July 12, 2018
All Day

Annual tour featuring cutting edge farms.  Check back for more details & registration options.

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LOF Young Fruit Farmer Study Tour 2018

August 2 - August 4, 2018
All Day (see Details for Itinerary)
Gettysburg, PA

Young Fruit Farmer Study Tour in PA, August 2-4
The 3rd annual Young Fruit Farmer Study Tour will be held in the Adams County region of Pennsylvania August 2nd-4th. The Young Growers Alliance (YGA), the LOF team, the Future Fruit Growers of Lake Ontario, along with Matt Wells and Chelsea Van Acker (New York Apple Sales) have organized what looks to be an excellent itinerary. The study tour is focused on helping next generation growers develop the knowledge and skills needed to take their family farms into the future.

Interested in attending this event? click view detail for more information on how to reserve a spot.

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Announcements

Save these Dates!

June 29 - PGR Tour - Geneva - Details @ https://lof.cce.cornell.edu/event.php?id=954

July 12 - Lake Ontario Fruit Program Summer Tour - Wayne County - Details @ https://lof.cce.cornell.edu/event.php?id=961

August 2-4 - Young Growers Tour - Pennsylvania - Details @ https://lof.cce.cornell.edu/event.php?id=957

August 6 - Hard Cider Tour - Western NY - Details @ https://lof.cce.cornell.edu/event.php?id=962

Please check back for more details.


Sponsor 2018 LOF Events Here!

Save the dates:
2018 LOF Plant Growth Regulator (PGR) Tour - Friday, June 29th
2018 LOF Summer Fruit Tour - Thursday, July 12th
2018 LOF Young Fruit Farmer Study Tour - Thursday, August 2nd - Saturday, August 4th
Sponsor these events: https://lof.cce.cornell.edu/sponsor_event.php?event_id=957


Farm Employee Compensation Benchmark Survey

By participating in the Farm Employee Compensation Benchmark survey you can find out how your employee compensation compares to benchmark data in your farm industry and across the state. More details and link to the survey at: https://lof.cce.cornell.edu/submission.php?id=540&crumb=business|business

Fit Testing Organizations

Details on organizations offering fit testing @ https://lof.cce.cornell.edu/submission.php?id=521&crumb=crops|crops|apples|crop*38

2017 Census of Agriculture

Producers who are new to farming or did not receive a Census of Agriculture in 2012 still have time to sign up to receive the 2017 Census of Agriculture report form by visiting www.agcensus.usda.gov and clicking on the ‘Make Sure You Are Counted' button through June. NASS defines a farm as any place from which $1,000 or more of agricultural products were produced and sold, or normally would have been sold, during the census year (2017).

For more information about the 2017 Census of Agriculture and to see how census data are used, visit www.agcensus.usda.gov or call (800) 727-9540.


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