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2020 Pruning Meetings - CANCELLED

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, the Pruning Workshops at both locations on March 23rd and 25th have been cancelled.  However, the content will be videoed and the recording will be made available to all of our enrollees shortly thereafter. Look for an email with the information later next week or early the week of March 30.






Event Details

Wayne Pruning Meeting

Date

March 23, 2020

Time

1:30pm - 3:30pm

Location

VanDeWalle Fruit Farms
8191 Brick Church Rd
Alton, NY 14551

Cost

Free : Free

Host

Lake Ontario Fruit Program


Wayne Pruning Meeting



The Honeycrisp mini-school at the 2020 Winter Fruit Schools started by emphasizing the importance of precision pruning due to the poor bloom most of the NY orchards had in 2019. For many farms that have planted a lot of Honeycrisp, that was a large financial setback. Bloom is likely to be excessive in 2020, which will lead to poor bloom in 2021. Thus, 2020 is a critical year for managing Honeycrisp.  

In the next two weeks, we will start a new educational effort specifically designed to manage Honeycrisp in a critical year with a heavier bloom, such as this one. The first meetings, which will be run by Dr. Robinson (March 23 in Wayne County and March 25 in Orleans County, see Table 1 below for details) will show growers and orchard employees how to implement precision pruning. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to learn to differentiate a vegetative bud from a floral bud by dissecting buds with a microscope (Janet, Liz, and Mario will help participants with bud dissection and identification on site).  

Once green tip emerges and we can better predict bloom time, there will be a second meeting, the "Spring Meeting", at the same location (date/time tba). In the Spring Meeting, we will look at the same trees we pruned in March, in order to readjust bud load and to discuss bloom thinning for Honeycrisp in 2020. There we will also deliver timely information about the benefits of early Calcium foliar sprays, apogee use, and the release of a 2020 Cornell protocol for peel SAP analysis to be offered to all growers and their packinghouses willing to sample Honeycrisp blocks in July. The spring meeting will also provide an update about wild pollinators, best pollination strategies, and timely insect and disease management reminders and updates. 

Table 1. Coming 2020 LOF pruning activities and the new "Spring Meeting" format for managing Honeycrisp in a critical year in Western NY.

Monday March 23rd, 2020  Wayne County (1:30pm-3:30pm)

  • Pruning workshop with Dr. Terence Robinson and hosted by grower Scott VanDeWalle.
  • Location: VanDeWalle Fruit Farms, 8191 Brick Church Road, Alton, NY. Follow the Cornell signs for parking.
  • Note for the "Spring Meeting": This pruning demonstration will be followed by a "Spring Meeting" at this same location (date/time tba) to adjust bud load of Honeycrisp trees at pink and to discuss topics related to blossom thinning, early Calcium sprays, tree fruit nutrition, apogee use, pollination, and timely IPM practices. More details will be announced via Fruit Notes and Fruit Facts once green tip arrives in WNY.

Wednesday March 25th, 2020  Orleans County (1:30pm-3:30pm)

  • Pruning workshop with Dr. Terence Robinson and hosted by grower Shane Nesbitt.
  • Location: Nesbitt Fruit Farms, GPS: 43.371363, -78.166232 Lakeshore Rd, Kent, NY.  98 North (toward Pt. Breeze), turn right on Lakeshore Rd. Follow the Cornell signs for parking.
  • Note for the "Spring Meeting": This pruning demonstration will be followed by a "Spring Meeting" at this same location (date/time tba) to adjust bud load of Honeycrisp trees at pink and to discuss topics related to blossom thinning, early Calcium sprays, tree fruit nutrition, apogee use, pollination, and timely IPM practices. More details will be announced via Fruit Notes and Fruit Facts once green tip arrives in WNY.

Dr. Robinson will discuss the basics of precision pruning and determining how many flowering spurs to leave for Honeycrisp in 2020, along with much more, coming pruning meetings in March 23 and 25. Don't miss the opportunity to learn more about the benefits of precision pruning of Honeycrisp. Later (at the early pink stage) we will count the actual amount of flower buds/tree and possibly readjust the pruning severity at the "Spring Meetings", later this year. This is the season to try to precision prune Honeycrisp trees to 1.8 flower buds per final target fruit number per tree (you can also use 1.8 for Fuji trees and 1.5 for Gala trees). We hope to see many of you at both meetings this year!





Event Details

Orleans Pruning Meeting

Date

March 25, 2020

Time

1:30pm - 3:30pm

Location

Nesbitt Fruit Farms
Lakeshore Rd (GPS 43.371363, -78.166232)
Kent, NY 14477

Cost

Free : Free

Host

Lake Ontario Fruit Program


Orleans Pruning Meeting



The Honeycrisp mini-school at the 2020 Winter Fruit Schools started by emphasizing the importance of precision pruning due to the poor bloom most of the NY orchards had in 2019. For many farms that have planted a lot of Honeycrisp, that was a large financial setback. Bloom is likely to be excessive in 2020, which will lead to poor bloom in 2021. Thus, 2020 is a critical year for managing Honeycrisp.  

In the next two weeks, we will start a new educational effort specifically designed to manage Honeycrisp in a critical year with a heavier bloom, such as this one. The first meetings, which will be run by Dr. Robinson (March 23 in Wayne County and March 25 in Orleans County, see Table 1 below for details) will show growers and orchard employees how to implement precision pruning. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to learn to differentiate a vegetative bud from a floral bud by dissecting buds with a microscope (Janet, Liz, and Mario will help participants with bud dissection and identification on site).  

Once green tip emerges and we can better predict bloom time, there will be a second meeting, the "Spring Meeting", at the same location (date/time tba). In the Spring Meeting, we will look at the same trees we pruned in March, in order to readjust bud load and to discuss bloom thinning for Honeycrisp in 2020. There we will also deliver timely information about the benefits of early Calcium foliar sprays, apogee use, and the release of a 2020 Cornell protocol for peel SAP analysis to be offered to all growers and their packinghouses willing to sample Honeycrisp blocks in July. The spring meeting will also provide an update about wild pollinators, best pollination strategies, and timely insect and disease management reminders and updates. 

Table 1. Coming 2020 LOF pruning activities and the new "Spring Meeting" format for managing Honeycrisp in a critical year in Western NY.

Monday March 23rd, 2020  Wayne County (1:30pm-3:30pm)

  • Pruning workshop with Dr. Terence Robinson and hosted by grower Scott VanDeWalle.
  • Location: VanDeWalle Fruit Farms, 8191 Brick Church Road, Alton, NY. Follow the Cornell signs for parking.
  • Note for the "Spring Meeting": This pruning demonstration will be followed by a "Spring Meeting" at this same location (date/time tba) to adjust bud load of Honeycrisp trees at pink and to discuss topics related to blossom thinning, early Calcium sprays, tree fruit nutrition, apogee use, pollination, and timely IPM practices. More details will be announced via Fruit Notes and Fruit Facts once green tip arrives in WNY.

Wednesday March 25th, 2020  Orleans County (1:30pm-3:30pm)

  • Pruning workshop with Dr. Terence Robinson and hosted by grower Shane Nesbitt.
  • Location: Nesbitt Fruit Farms, GPS: 43.371363, -78.166232 Lakeshore Rd, Kent, NY.  98 North (toward Pt. Breeze), turn right on Lakeshore Rd. Follow the Cornell signs for parking.
  • Note for the "Spring Meeting": This pruning demonstration will be followed by a "Spring Meeting" at this same location (date/time tba) to adjust bud load of Honeycrisp trees at pink and to discuss topics related to blossom thinning, early Calcium sprays, tree fruit nutrition, apogee use, pollination, and timely IPM practices. More details will be announced via Fruit Notes and Fruit Facts once green tip arrives in WNY.

Dr. Robinson will discuss the basics of precision pruning and determining how many flowering spurs to leave for Honeycrisp in 2020, along with much more, coming pruning meetings in March 23 and 25. Don't miss the opportunity to learn more about the benefits of precision pruning of Honeycrisp. Later (at the early pink stage) we will count the actual amount of flower buds/tree and possibly readjust the pruning severity at the "Spring Meetings", later this year. This is the season to try to precision prune Honeycrisp trees to 1.8 flower buds per final target fruit number per tree (you can also use 1.8 for Fuji trees and 1.5 for Gala trees). We hope to see many of you at both meetings this year!



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Upcoming Events

Annual LOF Advisory Committee Meeting

November 9, 2020

Please join us (virtually) for our annual winter advisory meeting
where you can spend time with the team reviewing the team's
educational programs and most importantly providing us
feedback. Click "view details" for more details and pre-registration link.

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CCE's NY Tree Fruit Conference sponsored by CCE Eastern NY Commercial Hort Program & CCE Lake Ontario Fruit Program

February 2 - February 4, 2021

For 2021, the CCE's NY Tree Fruit Conference sponsored by the CCE Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture Program and the CCE Lake Ontario Fruit Program will replace CCE-LOF's Winter Fruit Schools and CCE-ENYCHP's Fruit & Vegetable Conference, DEC Credits are being applied for at multiple sessions.

More details to follow in the coming weeks!

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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.

2020

Nov 9 - Annual LOF Advisory Committee Meeting (via Zoom) 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM - PRE-REGISTER  Please join us (virtually) for our annual winter advisory meeting where you can spend time with the team reviewing the team's educational programs and most importantly providing us feedback. Advisory meetings are important for the team to ensure that our programs and research are aligned with the industry's needs. All are invited! Full agenda forthcoming in a few weeks.

Pre-Register Here:
https://cornell.zoom.us/j/91817458122?pwd=cUM1VWVJbmM5cFNLNGxiUFVxOElYZz0

Questions? Don't hesitate to contact Craig 585-735-5448 or cjk37@cornell.edu

2021 

Feb 2-4  - CCE's NY Tree Fruit Conference sponsored by the CCE Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program and the CCE Lake Ontario Fruit Program - This 2021 virtural conference will replace CCE-LOF's Winter Fruit Schools and CCE-ENYCHP's Fruit & Vegetable Conference.
DEC Credits being applied for at multiple sessions
More to follow in the coming weeks!




Lake Ontario Fruit Program Webinar Recordings

Have you recently miss a webinar provided by the Lake Ontario Fruit Program that you wanted to see, or would you like to review the information again?  Then check it out at the Lake Ontario Fruit Program YouTube Channel.  LOF webinars are recorded, processed, and uploaded to the YouTube Channel within 1-2 days following the meeting.  LOF Webinar Recording & Resource Links

Managing Farms During COVID-19 series:

Managing Fruit and Vegetable Farms During COVID-19 recorded on June 24th.


Summer Fruit Series:
Summer Insect Management in Cherry recorded June 29th.

Managing Irrigation in Apple Orchards this Season recorded July 7th

Honeycrsip Bitter Pit Prediction Models recorded August 11, 2020

Protocol for Honeycrisp Sampling for the Passive Bitter Pit Prediction Model pfd




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 https://lof.cce.cornell.edu/submission.php?id=711&crumb=pests|pests.

"How to" Zoom: YouTube Video Link Available

To ensure the health and safety of everyone we are practicing social distancing.  Specialists are still available for consult via phone calls, emails, and Zoom meetings. Zoom  allows for a face to face meeting via a computer/smartphone and includes the option for screen sharing.  For anyone new to this technology Cornell has created a basic YouTube video on How to use Zoom.  

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.

https://lof.cce.cornell.edu/submission.php?id=604




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