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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Blueberries

Blueberries New York State has a little more than 700 acres of blueberries in production yielding about 2 million pounds of blueberries annually making it the 9th most important blueberry production state in the nation.  Increased consumer interest in dark colored fruit containing high amounts of healthful antioxidants has resulted in many more acres being planted over the past several years. This is despite the soil pH requirement of 4.5 that blueberries, a member of the acid-loving Ericaceae family require.

It takes nearly 8 years for blueberries to reach their mature production, but a well maintained planting can remain economically viable for up to 40 years or more yielding in excess of 10,000 lbs/acre. Ninety-five percent of this production is hand-picked and sold as fresh fruit with the remaining 5% going to value added products.

Highbush blueberries are grown throughout the majority of the state, but in northern NY and the Adirondacks, cultivars that are crosses between the Maine low-bush and northern high-bush blueberries result in a smaller bush that is much more winter hardy. The threat from late spring frosts remains a challenge to blueberry growers throughout the state. Blueberries have a relatively small pest complex making it a favorite berry for organic production.

For more information about blueberry production, visit the Cornell Fruit Resources: Berries.

Most Recent Blueberries 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.


More Blueberries Content

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
Blueberry 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

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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