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  • Market Development
  • Pest Management
  • Cultural Practices

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  • On-Farm Research Trials

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2023 Statewide Virtual Apple Conference

Event Details


March 3, 2023


9:30am - 2:15pm




Early Bird : $30.00

(addl attendee $30.00 ea.)

Register before 27 February to get this discounted rate

Late Registration - If you don't register by 27 Feb : $35.00

(addl attendee $35.00 ea.)


Lake Ontario Fruit Program

CCE-LOF and CCE-ENYCHP will be giving you an opportunity to listen to and join in Q & A discussions on topics relevant to all NYS growers. Find the speakers and topics they will present on March 3rd.

Confirmed Talk Topics and Speakers

Climate change patterns using weather data from across the state-Dan Olmstead, Cornell University. Dan is the NEWA project lead and NYS IPM Digital Outreach and Development Coordinator. He will present a wealth of information regarding precipitation and temperature trends in the apple growing regions of New York state. Apple trees, as well as pest and disease development, are tied closely to precipitation and temperature. Pulling historical weather data across the state from the past 30 years, Dan will show how these are changing year to year, within the growing season, both statewide and regionally.

"Discussing the current direction of federal pesticide registration policy"- Dr. Clayton Myers, USDA-ARS. Dr. Clayton Myers is an entomologist with the USDA Office of Pesticide Management Policy. Dr. Myers has experience working in both the EPA and USDA on pesticide issues and will bring us up to date on current federal pesticide registration policy and more specifically the re-registration review status of critical tree fruit fungicides.

Management in a union eligible work environment, Hilary Moreira, Bond, Schoeneck & King. Ms. Hilary Moreira Esq. is an attorney with extensive experience working with farm owners who are facing the issue of farmworker unionization.  Ms. Moreira will be discussing the recent changes in NYS farmworker unionization law and offering practical guidance on how farm owners and managers can avoid unintentional stumbling into legal liabilities.

Survey IPM Priorities for our stakeholders-Dr. Anna Wallis, Cornell University. As the new Fruit IPM Coordinator for the NYS IPM Program, Anna Wallis will introduce herself and take the opportunity to briefly collect input on IPM priorities from stakeholders. Survey efforts will build on data collected by Cornell faculty over the past decades.

Survey of Spanish Priorities for Education and Translation materials for our stakeholders - Mario Miranda Sazo and Janet van Zoeren, CCE-LOF.

Fruit finish issues with NY1 and plans for future research - Dr. Jason Londo, Cornell University. Jason will summarize his work thus far with 2 distinct fruit finish disorders. In addition, he'll be briefly introducing his proposed research into a statewide (pending ARDP proposal) project looking at lenticel disorders in this variety. Through some informal surveys and photos, there are likely several types of lenticel issue being seen across the state. The on-farm research in multiple regions of the state will hopefully answer some questions about the root causes and possible prevention/mitigation strategies.

The Honeycrisp storage passport - Dr. Terence Robinson, Cornell University. Terence will discuss this ongoing and ever-improving program, which includes block information on crop load, peel sap nutrient ratios of K/Ca and N/Ca and estimates of bitter pit (BP) from the passive evaluation method. This information can and should be used for storage decisions on each block. It can save the industry significant losses and reduced returns of high BP incidence fruit stored and marketed in the wrong conditions and timeframe. Conversely, it can increase returns on predicted low BP incidence fruit by the use of correct storage regimes and increasing the marketing window later into the season.

Promising Ag-vision technologies to evaluate fruit thinning decisions and estimate yields - Mario Miranda Sazo and Mike Basedow. This Ag-technology talk co-chaired by Miranda Sazo and Basedow will introduce what vision technologies are available right now that NY fruit growers can use to improve their thinning decisions and yield estimations prior to harvest.   There will be three Ag-tech presentations and a virtual discussion with speakers and Dr. Terence Robinson.  The Ag-vision companies to be featured are Pometa (formerly Farm Vision), VIVID technologies, and Orchard Robotics.

Irrigation and water relations of apples - Dr. Victor Blanco-Montoya, Washington State University. Irrigation of apple orchards not only secures the significant investment of a modern apple orchard against a drought but serves also to increase and maximize yield of high-quality fruit. Water use by apples increases dramatically until the full canopy is established, increases slightly during the fruit growth stage (midseason to harvest), and decreases rapidly after harvest. In 2022, some apple regions in NYS suffered extended summer droughts without major precipitation events while that other regions had very late/big precipitation fall events that increased fruit sizes to levels not seen/experienced before. In this talk presented by Dr. Victor Blanco-Montoya of WSU, we will learn about the physiological effects of good irrigation practices, the rainfall effects (low, none, high) to the apple tree plant itself as well as to the fruit. How does late-season rains affect the tree and the fruit? How does drip irrigation differ from rainfall? How does a NY grower know whether installing irrigation in a block will be an economically beneficial investment?

  Once you have registered you will receive a confirmation email with a link you will need to follow to complete your webinar registration. 

Additional information available at

Program pdf available below

Statewide Virtual Apple Conference Poster (PDF; 934KB)

Program (PDF; 163KB)

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June 13, 2024 : Role of Water in Tree Fruit Physiology & Quality

June 20, 2024 : Smart Watering: Practices for Irrigation Management

June 27, 2024 : Water Wisdom Unplugged: Panelist Q&A

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Lancaster, NY

Join specialists and researchers from CCE and Cornell on tour across WNY to local Cideries and orchards as they discuss production, varieties, agri-entertainment, cider varieties, and current trials.

WNY Bilingual Soil Health and Beneficial Fungi Meeting

June 18, 2024 : Spanish Language Registration
Albion, NY

La tarde del 18 de junio, miembros de CCE LOFP, CCE ENYCP y el Programa de Salud del Suelo de Cornell ofrecerán una educacion bilingüe sobre los fundamentos dela salud del suelo, los beneficios potenciales de los hongos micorrícicos y una actualización sobre el estado actuaul del proyecto financiado por SARE sobre productos micorrícicos para huertos.

June 18, 2024 : English Language Registration
Albion, NY

Join the members of CCE LOFP, CCE ENYCP, and Cornell Soil Health Program for a bilingual training on the basics of soil health, the potential benefits of mycorrhizal fungi, and an update on the current project status of our SARE grant on orchard mycorrhizal products.


Scaffolds podcast

Many of you probably read Art Agnello's statewide tree fruit updates and recommendations newsletter, "Scaffolds". Dr. Monique Rivera is bringing it back, but in a new audio version. Episode one was recorded this week, and is now available for free online at

NYS Tree Decline Survey

Your answers could help find the solution to tree decline in the orchard.

Save the Date! - Scroll down for Upcoming Events

Have you missed a meeting recently? Scroll down for available recordings or pdf links or visits our YouTube Channel

2024 Events:

13 Jun - 2024 Virtual Orchard Meetup Series 'Water Wisdom" Role of Water in Tree Fruit Physiology & Quality - 7PM, Zoom

14 Jun - Western NY Hard Cider Tour 10 AM - 3:45 PM - 4 Stops in WNY

18 Jun - WNY Bilingual Soil Health & Beneficial Fungi Meeting - 4-6pm, Orleans CCE, Free, Register Now!

20 Jun - 2024 Virtual Orchard Meetup Series 'Water Wisdom" Smart Watering: Practices for Irrigation Management - 7PM, Zoom

27 Jun - Tree Fruit & Small Fruit Twilight Meeting 3_4 - 6:30pm-8:30PM, Penn Yan

27 Jun - 2024 Virtual Orchard Meetup Series 'Water Wisdom" Water Wisdom Unplugged: Panelist Q&A - 7PM, Zoom

29 Jun - NYS Honeyberry Conference - 8:30am - 4:30pm, Mexico, Space is limited, register now!

16 July - Apple Social - 6-9 PM, LynOaken Farm Market & Winery, Medina.

25 Jul - Tree Fruit & Small Fruit Twilight Meeting 4_4 - 6:30pm-8:30PM, Mexico

31 July - Apple Social - 6-9 PM, VanAcker Farms, Williamson.

Date To Be Announced - Annual Hispanic Summer Tour - Orleans County, Details to follow!

13 Aug - 2nd Annual WNY Fruit Grower Tour - Orleans County

Feb 4-5, 2025 - Western NY Fruit Conference - DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Rochester

Food Safety Virtual Office Hours

Cornell Institute of Food Safety "Virtual Office Hours", Tuesdays Noon to 1pm

Past recorded virtual office hours can be found on YouTube:

Webinar Recordings & Additional Meeting Materials

Check out the recordings of some recent webinars and/or conference materials from in person events: Recordings and Playlists are available at

2024 Winter Fruit Webinars playlist on the NYS IPM Program YouTube Channel

PACMAN Details and Resources, Meeting Recording Links below:

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.​|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:

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

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