Lake Ontario Fruit Program Enrollment

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

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  • Educational Meetings & Conferences
  • In-Field Educational Opportunities
  • On-Farm Research Trials

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2022 Cornell NYS Tree Fruit Conference

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 2 days instead of three, with more time for breaks. Each day will have 2 morning and 2 afternoon sessions, ranging from 95-120 minutes. In addition, most of the sessions are structured around ideas we've received from our stakeholders over the past year though advisory meetings, email and phone communications, and farm visits. There are 3 DEC credit-eligible sessions currently being applied for, and all should be eligible for CCA credits. We're excited to bring you high-caliber speakers, many from outside NY. An overview of the sessions are below. As with last year, our virtual conference replaces the two Lake Ontario Winter Fruit Schools, the winter ENYCHP Fruit and Vegetable Conference (tree fruit portion) and the fruit section of the Empire Producer's Expo. Last year, the cumulative attendance of our virtual conference was over 335 for the largest sessions. 

For Sponsorship Opportunities please contact Dan Donahue djd13@cornell.edu

Thank You to Our Sponsors!



Thank You to Our Sponsors! (PDF; 604KB)




Event Details

Day 1
Event Offers DEC Credits

Date

January 27, 2022

Time

TBA

Location

Online

Cost

Early Bird CCE -ENYCHP or CCE-LOFP Enrollee : $85.00
register by 20 January

CCE-ENYCHP or CCE-LOFP Enrollee : $95.00
register 21 - 26 January

Early Bird Non-Enrollee : $95.00
register by 20 January

Non-Enrollee : $105.00
register 21 - 26 January

Host

CCE-ENYCHP & CCE-LOFP

Craig Kahlke
585-735-5448


Event Registration


Day 1



Detailed Program

For Sponsorship Opportunities please contact Dan Donahue djd13@cornell.edu

Session I - Business Session I: Apple Industry Outlook and Regulatory Updates - Chaired by Mark Wiltberger, CCE-LOF

  • U.S. Apple Outlook, Chris Gerlach, Director of Industry Analytics, US Apple.
  • US Apple Advocacy Update, Diane Kurrle, Senior Vice President, US Apple.
  • Regulatory Update for New York State, Jim Bittner, New York State Horticultural Society
  • Apple Crop Insurance Policy 2023 Changes, John Fitzpatrick, Crop Growers.
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Session 2  - Business Session II: New Technologies and Profitability in Orchard Systems, Chaired by Mark Wiltberger, CCE-LOF

  • Analyzing Profitability of Your Orchards, Mark Wiltberger, Cornell University.
  • Adopting New Technologies for Your Farm: Evaluating Orchard Management Systems, Mark Wiltberger, Cornell University.
  • Retail Trends - Steve Lutz, Category Partners

Session 3  - Climate Change, Postharvest, and Marketing, Chaired by Craig Kahlke, CCE-LOF

  • Featuring an introduction by Dr. Jason Londo, new Cornell Assistant Professor, his position will focus on Physiology of Fruit Crop Adaptation to Climate Change.
  • A summary of several years of research on dynamic controlled atmosphere by Dr. Chris Watkins, Cornell.
  • A New York Apple Association marketing update by Cynthia Haskins, ED of NYAA.


Session 4  - Integrated Pest Management I, Chaired by Janet van Zoeren, CCE-LOF - 1.25 NYS DEC credits

  • A Brown marmorated stink bug update by Dr. Greg Krawczyk, Penn State University.
  • Life history of native solitary bees by Maria van Dyke, Cornell University.
  • An introduction by new Cornell Tree Fruit Entomologist, Dr. Monique Rivera, who will be housed at Cornell Agritech in Geneva.
  • A presentation of how applied stress impacts tree growth in virus-infected apple trees by Dan Donahue, CCE-ENYCHP.
  • A talk on fire blight susceptibility and resistance genes in apple by Dr. Ricky Tegtmeier, Graduate Student, School of Integrative Plant Science Plant Breeding and Genetics Section, with the Khan lab at Cornell AgriTech. 

Thank You to Our Sponsors!





Event Details

Day 2
Event Offers DEC Credits

Date

January 28, 2022

Time

TBA

Location

Online

Host

CCE-ENYCHP & CCE-LOFP

Craig Kahlke
585-735-5448


Event Registration


Day 2



Detailed Program

For Sponsorship Opportunities please contact Dan Donahue djd13@cornell.edu

Session 5  - Integrated Pest Management II, Chaired by Dan Donahue, CCE-ENYCHP - 1.5 NYS DEC credits

  • A presentation of apple scab management with snow cover by Dr. Juliet Carroll, of NYSIPM.
  • A fire blight grower panel, featuring growers from across all of NY's commercial apple growing regions and an introduction by Dr. Kerik Cox of Cornell University. Panelists confirmed include Mark Russell & Rich Breslawski (Western NY), Andy Vega (Hudson Valley), Jessie Mulberry (Champlain Valley), and Jim Eve (Western NY and Champlain valley).
  • Bitter rot management by Dr. Kari Peter of Penn State University.

Session 6  - Maintaining High Quality Orchard Soils, Chaired by Mike Basedow, CCE-ENYCHP - 1.25 NYS DEC credits

  • Mike Basedow and Janet van Zoeren will discuss their commercial field trials on pre-emergent herbicide timings and their herbicide trunk deposition studies.
  • Dr. Greg Peck (Cornell) Dr. Mark Williams (Virginia Tech), and Dr. Hazem Sharaf (Virginia Tech) will discuss how mulch and composts can be used as alternative soil fertility amendments for apple orchards, and how these inputs affect the microbial communities in the soil.
  • Dr. Deborah Aller of Cornell's Soil Health Lab will present on the use of wood chip mulch in Long island apple orchards.
  • Tianna Dupont, Tree Fruit Extension Specialist, Washington State University will discuss soil health in Washington orchards.

Session 7  - Managing Apple Crop Load and Tree Fruit Nutrition for Improved Tree Growth, Mineral Uptake, Fruit Quality, Color Enhancement, and Storability, Chaired by Mike Basedow, CCE-ENYCHP

  • Dr. Terence Robinson of Cornell will lead off this first of two thematically linked sessions to talk about precision crop load management as it relates to improving fruit quality, color development, and storability.
  • Dr. Luis Gonzalez Nieto, PostDoc in the Robinson lab, will follow with a summary of their research on rain-exclusion studies and their effect on stem water potential, fruit size/weight, and color on Gala.
  • Dr. Emily Lavely, of Michigan State University Extension, will present on soil physical and moisture conditions and their impacts on root growth and nutrient uptake. Dr. Lailiang Cheng of Cornell will round out this session with a talk on the influence of nitrogen management for improved fruit quality and color development. 

Session 8  - The Use of Reflective Fabrics and Pneumatic Defoliation to Improve Fruit Color in High Value Apple Varieties in NY State, Chaired by Mario Miranda Sazo, CCE-LOF

  • Dr. Robinson will lead this second thematic session and final of the conference discussing the importance of diffuse scattering and factors that influence light interception, distribution, and reflection from the ground.
  • Dr. Nieto will present a summary of their research on the use of ground cover materials to increase fruit color on Honeycrisp, NY1, NY2, and Evercrisp.
  • Dr. Lee Kalcsits from Washington State University will present on the use of reflective materials and the pneumatic defoliation to increase red fruit color in WA state.
  • The 2 final sessions will come together with a statewide grower panel on their experiences with fabrics and pneumatic
    defoliation machines in New York State. Growers confirmed include Rusty Lamb (Hudson Valley) and Chris Whipple, Jimmy Zingler, Brett Kast, and Kyle Wafler (all representing WNY region).


Thank You to Our Sponsors!




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Upcoming Events

Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) Training & Food Safety Plan-Writing Workshop

February 2 - February 3, 2023
Newark, NY

Goals of this workshop:

  • Understand how GAPs (Good Agricultural Practices) impact produce safety, and how you can improve practices on your farm to reduce the risk of microbial contamination
  • Learn the difference between a FSMA Inspection and a GAPs audit, and learn what is needed to have a USDA GAP/GHP audit and the 2 types (Basic & Harmonized)
  • Begin writing a farm food safety plan that complies with a USDA GAP/GHP Audit
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This workshop is targeted at Mott's growers who need to have a successful GAP audit for the 2023 harvest. However, all farms and organizations are invited to attend.  

We will have several breaks, including a lunch break, scattered throughout the day, but feel free to step away whenever you need to. Lunch and snacks provided. Note: All times are approximate. Time spent on each topic varies depending on audience and questions/discussion. There will be time for questions at the end of each section and a final opportunity for questions when we close for the day.  

Instructors Confirmed: Craig Kahlke (CCE-LOF), Robert Hadad (CCE-CVP), Caroline Boutard-Hunt (CCE-Yates), Judy Wright (CCE-Seneca), and Representatives from NYS Dept. of Ag & Mkts.

How Profitable Will My New Orchard Investment Be? 1-day, hands-on skills class

February 7, 2023
Highland, NY

The Eastern NY Commercial Hort Team and the Lake Ontario Fruit Team are offering a 1-day, hands-on course at 5 locations in NYS in January and February for tree fruit farms on using farm financial information and other resources to make decisions about long-term investments or changes to their business.  We will apply the techniques covered in the 8-part webinar series in December to scenarios using sample financial data from fruit farms in NYS.

Apple Leafcurling Midge IPM - Webinar

Event Offers DEC Credits

February 16, 2023

In recent years, the apple leafcurling midge (ALCM) has become an increasingly problematic pest in many orchards across the northeast.

Announcements

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Have you missed a meeting recently? All recorded LOFP hosted webinars can be found on our YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/c/LakeOntarioFruitProgram

NOW - please scroll down to find the link to the short NY Herbicide Resistance Survey!

Courses Available All Year - Cornell Small Farms Program New Season of Online Courses-Enroll Now!

2023

26 Jan - Innovative new technology to implement PACMAN (Part 2) & How's your adoption going?- 12pm (Eastern) - online - registration required

16 Feb - Apple Leafcurling Midge IPM - Webinar - 1:30-2:30pm - Registration Now Open

27 & 28 Feb - WNY Winter Fruit Conference - Registration Now Open


14 Mar - USDA/RMA Listening Session - Spring 2023 Apple Grower Meeting -
The Risk Management Agency (RMA) is inviting interested parties to participate in a listening session to discuss the proposed changes to the apple crop insurance program. Free - Rochester

15 Mar - Fire Blight Informational Webinar Series - Using biopesticides to help control fire blight - 7-8PM

13 Jun - Fire Blight Informational Webinar Series - Pruning and sanitation strategies to reduce fire blight - 7-8PM

18 Oct - Fire Blight Informational Webinar Series - Using weather and environmental conditions to optimize biologicals and biopesticides for bloom production - 7-8PM


Food Safety Virtual Office Hours

Cornell Institute of Food Safety "Virtual Office Hours", Tuesdays Noon to 1pm https://cals.cornell.edu/institute-for-food-safety/resources/virtual-office-hours

Past recorded virtual office hours can be found on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZJs5b7KUuvfcquH3ZtQHo5dSmF2m5MdQ


Webinar Recordings

Check out the recordings of some recent webinars:

INTERPOMA - GENEVA - WEBINAR

Employment Opportunities

The CCE-LOF Program has created a space to share Lake Ontario Fruit Region local employment opportunities. See listings and details for sharing listings at https://lof.cce.cornell.edu/submission.php?id=890&crumb=business|business

Pollinator Resouces

Now available Pollinator Resource Links


Meeting Recordings Now Available

Did you miss the recent meeting?  Check and see if we recorded it and added it to our website or Lake Ontario Fruit Program YouTube Channel.

Honeycrisp Meetup recordings available here.

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

Additional Recorded Webinars listing with recording and resource link are available at



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.​ https://lof.cce.cornell.edu/submission.php?id=799&crumb=crops|crops|unusual_fruit|crop*50

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: https://cornell.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bEpfAijoP7puQDP

For more information on this survey please visit http://blogs.cornell.edu/swd1/2020/12/02/new-weed-management-technology/


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.