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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  • Issues of Fruit Newletters
  • Helpful Diagnostic Tool:
      What's wrong with my crop?

Current Projects

The LOF program supports commercial fruit industry of western NY by working on projects that address the issues growers face and changes that can improve efficiency. See a current list of projects the team is working on.  Project reports can be seen in .pdf files included here and throughout the website. 

Honeycrisp Meetup Recordings

Last Modified: June 23, 2021

2021 Honeycrisp meetup meeting recordings available.

Evaluations for LOF Specialists- Advisory Committee Meeting, 11-9-20

Craig Kahlke, Team Leader, Fruit Quality Management
Lake Ontario Fruit Program

Last Modified: November 7, 2020

Attendees of the Advisory Committee Meeting are invited to give valuable feedback to each of the specialists.

Please upload the form below, and after filling it out, email to Committee Chair Justin Whipple:

Lake Ontario Fruit Webinar Recording & Video Links

Last Modified: July 10, 2020

Check Out Details for Links to recent LOF webinar recordings & video series.

LOF Fruit Bites

Last Modified: July 10, 2020

See details to check out quick "how to" videos on a variety of fruit and orchard topics.

2020 Lake Ontario Winter Fruit School

Last Modified: February 17, 2020

This all day event provided 2 near-identical programs available on the West and East sides of Rochester on consecutive days.  We are featured an intensive Precision Honeycrisp management school in addition to updates on Labor, Fruit Farm Business Summary, as well as pests and diseases, including European Cherry Fruit Fly.  Pdfs for most of the presentations are now available.

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.

Empire State Producers EXPO proceeding link

Last Modified: March 5, 2019

Links to proceedings and resources listed in presentations from the EXPO can be found here.

New CCE LOF Videos

Last Modified: October 18, 2018

Watch and see how NYS apples are harvested & check out the new hail netting project.

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.

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!"

Mechanical blossom thinning video.

Last Modified: May 15, 2017

Mechanical blossom thinning video and story. Click on details for links.

2016 NYS Crop Survey Report

Last Modified: August 19, 2016

Results from the 2016 NYS Crop Survey Report are now available. Click details for link to .pdf.

Black Stem Borer Trap Data

Last Modified: January 22, 2016

Black stem borer traps are set all over the state of NY.  See trap data here.

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Upcoming Events

Farm Tax School Series: Farm Specific Tax Code Benefits

January 25, 2022

For farm businesses of all shapes and sizes, tune in to learn more about the tax advantages available for farms. This workshop will include information for the current tax season.

2022 Cornell NYS Tree Fruit Conference

Event Offers DEC Credits

January 27, 2022 : Day 1

CCE-LOF are excited to bring you another winter tree fruit conference in concert with our counterparts in Eastern NY, CCE-ENYCHP. While we held out hope as long as we could for a live event, we had to stay virtual, but we feel this program is very strong and will allow more attendees the flexibility to attend from their own homes/offices. We listened to your feedback from our conference last winter and we've made modifications. The conference will be two days instead of three, with more time for breaks.

Event Offers DEC Credits

January 28, 2022 : Day 2

CCE-LOF are excited to bring you another winter tree fruit conference in concert with our counterparts in Eastern NY, CCE-ENYCHP. While we held out hope as long as we could for a live event, we had to stay virtual, but we feel this program is very strong and will allow more attendees the flexibility to attend from their own homes/offices. We listened to your feedback from our conference last winter and we've made modifications. The conference will be two days instead of three, with more time for breaks.

Financial Future - Futuro Financiero Classes for Western New York Agricultural Managers and Supervisors

February 3, 2022 : Day 1 - Class

Coming to Western New York Winter 2022!

Promoting the development of leadership skills among key employees is an investment in a business owner's most valuable resource - employees! Futuro Financiero is a 5-week professional development program specifically designed to increase leadership and managerial skill-sets, while increasing overall confidence in English language communication.

Futuro Financiero graduates are agricultural professionals, who posses the skills necessary to efficiently manage multi-lingual farm work teams. Participating farm businesses value and promote mutual respect and deeper cultural understanding throughout the workforce. This concept is particularly important where English and Spanish speakers convene to grow and harvest New York State's finest!

EligibilityOpen to all commodities. Spanish-speaking and aspiring Ag managers and farm employees in NYS. The Winter 2022 course will be held in the Western New York Lake Ontario Region. Please contact us for future course locations.

Invierno 2022: Clases de Futuro Financiero para Gerentes Agrícolas y Supervisores del Oeste del Estado de Nueva York

!Proximamente en el Oeste de Nueva York en el invierno de 2022!

¡Promover el desarrollo de habilidades de liderazgo entre los empleados clave es una inversión en el recurso más valioso de un empresario- sus empleados!. Futuro Financiero es un programa de desarrollo profesional de 5 semanas, específicamente diseñado para aumentar las habilidades de liderazgo y gestión empresarial, al mismo tiempo que incrementa la confianza de comunicarse en inglés de los empleados que no hablan inglés como primera lengua.

Los graduados de Futuro Financiero son profesionales de la agricultura, que poseen las habilidades necesarias para gestionar eficazmente equipos de trabajo agrícolas multilingües. Las empresas agrícolas participantes valoran y promueven el respeto mutuo y un mayor entendimiento cultural en toda su fuerza laboral. Siendo este concepto especialmente importante en los casos en los que hablantes de inglés y de español se reúnen para cultivar y cosechar lo mejor del Estado de Nueva York.

Requisitos: Abierto a todas las empresas agrícolas sin importar su rubro de producción; empresas que desean mejorar las habilidades de sus gerentes o mandos medios que hablan español o que cuentan con empleados aspirantes a gerentes agrícolas. El curso de invierno de 2022 se llevara a cabo en la región del Lago Ontario del Oeste de Nueva York. Por favor, póngase en contacto con nosotros para proporcionarles información sobre los lugares y ubicación del curso.

February 17, 2022 : Day 2 - Class

March 3, 2022 : Day 3 - Class

March 5, 2022 : Day 4 - Graduation


New Publication on Growing Pawpaws

Are you a fan of pawpaws? These custardy fruits can be hard to come across, so this guide provides information on how to grow your own pawpaw from seed, and how to care for grafted seedlings. Pdf on growing now available.​|crops|unusual_fruit|crop*50

Save the Date! - Scroll down for Upcoming Events

2021 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.

Have you missed a meeting recently?  All recorded LOFP hosted webinars can be found on our YouTube Channel

NOW - please scroll down to find links to Strawberry Grower Survey & Degradable Mulching Films for Sustainable Agriculture Survey!
27 & 28 Jan - 2022 Cornell NYS Tree Fruit Conference - virtual - Register Now

27 Jan - 3 Mar - Organizing Work for High Quality Results Course - Weekly Zoom - $275 - Register by 21 Jan

1, 8, & 22 Feb -  Northeast Extension Fruit Consortium Winter Webinar Series - Free Registration

8, 15, 22, & 29 Mar -  Northeast Extension Fruit Consortium Winter Webinar Series - Free Registration

Meeting Recordings Now Available

Did you miss the recent meeting?  Check and see if we recorded it and added it to our website.

Honeycrisp Meetup recordings available here.

Why are my trees growing so poorly? recording available here.

New Weed Management Technology Survey

Want to move away from herbicide reliance? Are you using novel technologies to manage weeds? We want to know about it to inform our weed science research. A team of weed scientists from University of California Davis, Oregon State University, and Cornell University are asking berry, tree fruit, tree nut, and vine crop growers to take 5 to 10 minutes and answer this short and anonymous survey. Weed Technology Survey link:

For more information on this survey please visit

Pollinator Webinar Series - Summer 2020

The Pollinator Webinar Series presented by Penn State cover bee health and pollination services.

Bloom Pesticides for Pollinator Health

A reference table created by Janet van Zoeren and Anna Wallis, is now available at|pests.

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.