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2022 Pruning Workshops

Precision Pruning Workshops for Honeycrisp and other Important Apple Cultivars in WNY. Most meetings will only be provided in one language. Please note the language the demonstration will be provided in when choosing which meeting to attend. 

For additional pruning guidance you can refer to the recently posted CCE LOF YouTube video titled 'Pruning Guide for Precision Crop Load Management'. A new video describing precision pruning, why, how and when to accomplish it. This video is available with captions in English and Spanish and is very useful for pruning crews. 

English Captions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29cF8yOKup0 

Spanish Captions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=29cF8yOKup0






Event Details

English Language Pruning Workshop

Date

March 16, 2022

Time

10:30am - 12pm

Location

Kast Farms, Inc
2948 Lattin Rd
Albion, NY 14411

Host

Lake Ontario Fruit Program

Mario Miranda Sazo
315-719-1318


English Language Pruning Workshop



Dr. Robinson will show modern pruning techniques and share results from his extensive 'Honeycrisp' precision pruning trials at Cornell AgriTech and on-farm trials. Hosted by Brett Kast, Kast Farms, Inc.





Event Details

Spanish Language Pruning Workshop

Date

March 16, 2022

Time

1:30pm - 3pm

Location

Ledge Rock Farms, LLC.
4362 South Gravel Rd
Medina, NY 14103

Host

Lake Ontario Fruit Program

Mario Miranda Sazo
315-719-1318


Spanish Language Pruning Workshop



Mario will introduce, explain, and show modern apple pruning techniques to Spanish orchard managers and their pruning crews. Hosted by Jeff Toussaint, grower, and Jose Vallejo, Spanish orchard manager, Ledge Rock Farms, LLC.





Event Details

First Bilingual Language Pruning Workshop

Date

April 12, 2022

Time

4pm - 5:30pm

Location

Furber's shop
8130 Glover Road
Sodus, NY 14551

Host

Lake Ontario Fruit Program

Mario Miranda Sazo
315-719-1318


First Bilingual Language Pruning Workshop



The Wayne County bilingual pruning workshop will be hosted by orchard managers Justin Dimercy from Cherry Lawn Fruit Farms and Joaquín Hernández Nava from Johnson Fruit Farm. Mario Miranda Sazo will cover pruning concepts and how to adjust pruning severity of 'Honeycrisp' trees in 2022 with both orchard managers in a bilingual format and with their respective Jamaican and Spanish pruning crews. All pruning crews are invited to attend this unique educational activity in Wayne.





Event Details

Second Spanish Language Pruning Workshop

Date

April 13, 2022

Time

4pm - 5:30pm

Location

Marshall Farm
3168 Marshall Rd.
Medina, NY 14103

Host

Lake Ontario Fruit Program

Mario Miranda Sazo
315-719-1318


Second Spanish Language Pruning Workshop



This Orleans County pruning workshop will be hosted by Sergio and Silvia Rosario of Rosario Brothers on Wednesday April 13 (4-5:30pm). Mario Miranda Sazo will cover the pruning concepts and how to adjust pruning severity of 'Honeycrisp' trees in 2022 in the Spanish language with the Rosarios and Spanish orchard workers of the area.






Event Details

Oswego - English Language Pruning Workshop

Date

April 20, 2022

Time

1:30pm - 3:30pm

Location

Behling Orchards
14 Potter Road
Mexico, NY 13114

Host

Lake Ontario Fruit Program

Mario Miranda Sazo
315-719-1318


Oswego - English Language Pruning Workshop



Mario will show and discuss how to adjust bud load targets for 'Honeycrisp' with Eric and his Jamaican pruning employees. English language will be used during instruction with all participants.  Hosted by growers Eric Behling of Behling Orchards in Mexico, Oswego County.





Event Details

Monroe - Bilingual Pruning Workshop (English and Spanish languages)

Date

April 27, 2022

Time

1:30 - 3:30pm

Location

Burch Farms Inc.
527 North Avenue (Route 259)
Hilton, NY 14468

Host

Lake Ontario Fruit Program

Mario Miranda Sazo
315-719-1318


Monroe - Bilingual Pruning Workshop (English and Spanish languages)



Join Mario for a demonstration and discuss on how to adjust bud load targets for 'Honeycrisp' trees on Geneva rootstocks with grower hosts, Bayard C. Burch, and Benjamin H. Burch or Burch Farms Inc., and participants.  English and Spanish languages will be used during instruction.



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2022 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 https://www.youtube.com/c/LakeOntarioFruitProgram


NOW - please scroll down to find links to Strawberry Grower Survey & Degradable Mulching Films for Sustainable Agriculture Survey!
22 July - Hard Cider Summer Tour 2022 - 10am - 5pm, preregistration required, suggested $5 donation

28 July - 2022 Postharvest Reviews: Session 1. Pre- & postharvest factors affecting the quality of 'Gala' & recommendations for this year's harvest and storage season. - Noon - Free Zoom

9 August - LOF Summer Tour, eastern Orleans County - More info here:


11 August - Annual Cornell Hemp Field Day - 8am - 3pm - $25/person

16 - 17 August - NASGA Summer Tour - all day - South Central Ontario, Canada



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.