Lake Ontario Fruit Program Enrollment

Program Areas

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

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

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Pears NY ranks fourth in pear production with an estimated 1000 acres.  Bartlett and Bosc are the main varieties grown, and are grafted to various rootstocks.  There are some new varieties to try including Magnus, Potomac, Harrow Crisp, and Sundown.  Pears are typically grafted to size controlling rootstocks.  Pear trees typically take many years to bear fruit, but there are horticultural methods that can help trees produce fruit earlier.  Fire blight is a major bacterial disease that affects pear trees. 

For more information, go to Cornell Tree Fruit.  

Relevant Event

FSMA 7 Hour Grower Training Course

March 16, 2018
8AM - 5:15PM
Newark, NY

Most Recent Pears Content

MAF Sizer/Grader for Sale

Mario Miranda Sazo, Cultural Practices
Lake Ontario Fruit Program

Last Modified: August 10, 2017
MAF Sizer/Grader for Sale

MAF Pomone 2-lane Optiscan 2000 fruit sizer/grader with Orphea software and CCD camerafrom the Terence Robinson research program at the NYSAES in Geneva, NY. Manufactured in 1994 and purchased in 1996 as a prior demonstration machine and used to grade bushel sized samples of apples, pears, and peaches for quality comparison and research purposes. Unit is 32 feet long. Currently operating one-lane due to lack of parts. As is. Buyer incurs removal cost and labor. Must be removed by July 28th. Price reduced to $5,000. For more information contact Peter Herzeelle, 315-781-2602.

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 -

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.

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The Commercial Storage of Fruits, Vegetables, and Florist and Nursery Stocks
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Raspberries / Blackberries

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Unusual Fruit

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Upcoming Events

Good to Great - Improving Agriculture Labor Management

November 7 - March 6, 2018

A 4-part workshop by USDA - Northeast Extension RMA, The Cornell Farmworker Program, and CCE. 
Your employees are your most valuable resources.

For workshop times and locations click view details.

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The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention

February 21 - February 22, 2018

Niagara Falls, ON

The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention is an annual gathering of horticultural crop producers involved in the production of fruits and vegetables.

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Postponed - Lake Ontario Fruit Team Communications Focus Group

February 27, 2018
AM - details TBA
Hilton, NY

This event has been postponed - registration will reopen when a new date is set.

Please join us and share your thoughts on how the Lake Ontario Fruit Team should best communicate with you, the stakeholders!  Technology information overload is upon us - the Lake Ontario Fruit Team wants to use the platforms that best serve you best.  We need your feedback and ideas!

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Upcoming Meetings

Biological Control of Spotted Wing Drosophila
Feb 23, 2018 - 12 noon - 1pm - Free online webinar
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Water Summit
Feb 27-28, 2018 - Free - In person registration is full, remote option is still available
Register -

Don't Miss Out Register Now 27 Feb Events!

27 February - FREE Events - 2 great opportunities at one awesome new location, lunch included!
Don't miss out, pre-register now for both
free events AM & PM same day same location.
Postponed - Lake Ontario Fruit Team Communications Focus Group Meeting
Still On - Cider Tasting and Sensory Education for Apple Growers - register by February 9, 2018!
Register Now -

2018 Fruit School Presentations Now Available

Now available pdfs of some of the materials presented at the 2018 Lake Ontario Winter Fruit Schools.|crops|apples|crop*38

Soil Health Questionnaire

Please complete before March 10th, 2018.
Details, links to online, and pdf questionnaires available at|crops|apples|crop*38

FSMA PSA Grower Training Courses Register Now

March 16, 2018
Federal requirement for most fruit and vegetable growers. Register before March 9:
Other courses outside of our region:

2018 Special Permit Training Register Now!

Special Permit Training 2018:
Wednesday, April 4 in Wayne Co. (English in morning, Spanish in afternoon):
Thursday, April 5 in Orleans Co. (concurrent English and Spanish session in morning):

Don't Miss the CCE-LOF Candidate Interviews

Register Now for the CCE-LOF Business Management Position candidate interviews.
Free event, lunch included, register by 28 Feb 2018 at

Certified Pesticide Applicator Training & Test

2018 Pre-Exam Training & Test to Become A Certified Pesticide Applicator
Must Pre-register by February 26
March 13 - March 19, 2018
More details here:

Register Now for Spanish-speaking Fruit Schools

CCE - LOF Spanish-speaking Fruit Schools
March 16 (Orleans Co.) & 17 (Wayne Co.), 2018
Register by March 12 at

The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention

More details at

FSMA 7 Hour Grower Training Course - 16 March 2018

Save the Date: Friday, March 16, 2018
Cost & Registration: TBA
All of you should be aware of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) signed into federal law by President Obama in 2011. I have been writing about it and offering courses for nearly 2 years. If you are not exempt from the Produce Safety Rule, one of the requirements is to take a 7-hour grower training course.
For more information visit:

2017 Census of Agriculture Info

For info on 2017 Census of Agriculture click here

Crop Insurance Enrollment Reminder!

Time to buy crop insurance for Apples, Grapes, Peaches, & Tart Cherries. 

Enrollment deadline for the 2018 growing season is November 20, 2017!

Crop insurance helps producers manage risk.  If you suffer losses this year, crop insurance can help you be able to plant next year.  Some fruit growers use Whole Farm Revenue Protection, a new insurance product that allows to you to insure your overall revenue.  Find more crop insurance information at

To purchase, contact a crop insurance agent. Find one using the USDA RMA Agent Locator at

NEWA Survey Link

The Network for Environment and Weather Applications (NEWA) wants you to take our online survey — it'll only take about 10 minutes of your time.

Take the survey now:

Whether you've used NEWA's online pest forecast models for years or have never used NEWA at all, we will benefit from your responses. Why? Because we are building a new website at, one that'll be as easy to use on your smart phone as on your desktop, and we want to build it the way you want it to be.

NEWA is an online agricultural decision support system that uses real time weather data, streamed over the internet from 573 weather stations throughout the Northeast, Midwest and mid-Atlantic. NEWA provides insect and plant disease pest management tools, degree days, and weather information for growers, consultants, Extension educators, faculty, and others.

NEWA models and resources are available free of charge, and are used to make informed localized crop management decisions. The NEWA website will be upgraded soon and we want to know what users', new and old, want and need out of the new website.

All responses are anonymous and confidential and will not be shared with any outside group.

Thank you for participating!

For more information:

Dan Olmstead

NEWA Coordinator, New York State IPM Program
Cornell University, NYSAES
630 West North Street
Geneva, NY 14456

NEWA is a Partnership of the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program and the Northeast Regional Climate Center.

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. See more by clicking the following link.|business

Mechanical Blossom Thinning Video

Click link for Details.
Mechanical blossom thinning video and story.|crops|apples|crop*38

Spray Mixing Instructions Considering TRV

Spray Mixing Instructions Considering Tree Row Volume - TRV

Spray Mixing Instructions Considering Tree Row Volume - TRV
Terence Robinson, Poliana Francescatto, Cornell University
Win Cowgill, Professor Emeritus, Rutgers University

Click below for full article:

Precision Chemical Thinning in 2017

Precision Chemical Thinning in 2017 for Gala and Honeycrisp

Poliana Francescatto, Craig Kahlke, Mario Miranda Sazo, Terence Robinson

full article pdf. available here:|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 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 or call (800) 727-9540.

"Visual Guide" for March Pruning

A Practical "Visual Guide" for March Pruning of Young and Semi-Young High Density Apple Plantings
Mario Miranda Sazo

The document is a practical and colorful visual guide that shows some important pruning cuts to better grow and train the "money makers" Gala, Honeycrisp, and Fuji trees. The pruning cut decisions are easy to follow and their objectives are simple.  More information and the guide can be found here:|crops|apples|crop*38

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.

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: Click the following to download basic instructions on navigating the site: NYAHC Classifieds Notice

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