Lake Ontario Fruit Program Enrollment

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  • Market Development
  • Pest Management
  • Cultural Practices

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  • On-Farm Research Trials

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Event Offers DEC Credits

Event Details


July 12, 2017


Registration & DEC Credit Sign Up, 8 AM, Program Runs 8:30 AM to approximately 4 - 4:30 PM


5 Cutting Edge Fruit Farms in Niagara, Orleans, and Monroe Counties Along Beautiful Lake Ontario


This event is free.


Lake Ontario Fruit Program

Pre-Registration Deadline: July 9, 2017


2017 LOF Summer Fruit Tour - Sticking to the Lake!

July 12, 2017

Pack for comfort & the weather: bring hats, sunscreen, umbrellas, and a chair if you do not want to stand too long. Bring Your DEC Pesticide Applicator ID’s -DEC Pesticide Recertification Credits Offered: 0.75 hrs AM, 1.00 hrs PM, in categories 10, 1A, and 22.

Look for Cornell Fruit Event Signs at each of the following Stops!

Stop 1 - Lakeside Orchards, 4850 E. Lake Rd., Burt, NY 14028. Follow Cornell Fruit Event signs and turn into the driveway across from mailbox 4851, onto the South Side of Route 18. Park in large open fields to the West of the Registration Tents and Along the Orchards in needed.

Registration & DEC Credit Sign-Up 8-8:30 AM
8:30 AM " 9 AM Leopard moth, Trojan horse or resident alien? Tess Grasswitz, Doug Ingersoll
9 " 9:30 AM Nutrition on High Value Apple Varieties, Lailiang Cheng, Mario Miranda Sazo, John King

9:35 to 9:45 AM Travel to Stop 2

Stop 2 Bittner-Singer Orchards, 7171 Lake Rd., Appleton, NY 14008 (Park at MarJim Manor)

9:45 to 10 AM Establishing a Perpendicular V system in Peaches & Nectarines, Kevin Bittner, Mario Miranda Sazo
10 to 10:25 AM An Organic Tall Spindle Apple Orchard, Jim Bittner, Art Agnello, Kerik Cox
10:25 to 10:45 AM Precision Irrigation for High Density Apples on Dwarfing Rootstocks, Jaume Lordan

10:50 to 11:30 AM Travel to Stops 3 & 4 Stop 3 Zingler Farms, 1469 Norway Rd, Kendall, NY 14476 (Park in Designated Areas, See Map)

11:35 AM Noon Precision Chemical Thinning Multiple Years, Poliana Francescatto, Mario Miranda Sazo, Jimmy Zingler
Receive AM DEC credits

Stop 4 Lunch, Zingler Farms, same location, 12-1:30 PM
Receive AM DEC credits
Network with Sponsors, growers/industry
Equipment Demos
Robotic Crop Estimator & others
DEC credits PM registration

1:30 to 1:55 PM Travel to Stop 5

Stop 5 Burch Farms, Frank & Hale Burch Farms, 342 Curtis Rd., Hilton, NY 14468 Follow Signs and park in Double-Open Rows in Northeast Corner of Orchard.

2 to 2:30 PM Brown Marmorated Stinkbug Trap Comparison, Art Agnello, Tess Grasswitz, Jim Burch
2:30 to 2:45 PM Mechanisms of Resistance Research in Fire Blight and Scab, Awais Khan

2:45 to 2:55 PM Travel to Stop 6

Stop 6, West Wind Fruit Farm & Blue Barn Cidery, 928 Manitou Rd., Hilton, NY 14468. Park in Cidery Lot in Front and in along open fields behind (right side) cidery if needed.

3:00 to 3:20 PM Fine-tuning the Oxbo Mechanical Blueberry Harvester, Jeremy Wolfe
3:20 to 3: 40 PM An update on Spotted Wind Drosophila in Raspberries and other crops, Greg Loeb
3:40 to 3:55 PM Peck Lab Hard Cider Research Updates, Greg Peck, Craig Kahlke
Receive DEC credits
Optional tour of Cidery with your hosts, Jill & Jeremy Wolfe (Sorry No Tastings Available Yet )

Adjourn 4 to 4:30 PM

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Upcoming Events

2018 CCE LOF PGR Orchard Tour

June 29, 2018
8am - 1:30pm; lunch & celebration 2-5pm
Geneva, NY

We invite you to attend the talk titled "Understanding the Use of Plant Growth Regulators (PGRs) on Growth and Development of Fruit Trees" (Poliana Francescatto, NYSAES, Geneva), followed by a tour of her research plots at the NYSAES on Friday June 29, from 8am until 1:30pm. Following the tour, there will be a lunch buffet and a grower celebration to honor Poliana's work accomplishments at the Ramada Lakefront Hotel in Geneva from 2-5pm. Pre-register by 25 June 2018
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LOF Summer Fruit Tour 2018

July 12, 2018
All Day

Annual tour featuring cutting edge farms.  Check back for more details & registration options.

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LOF Young Fruit Farmer Study Tour 2018

August 2 - August 4, 2018
All Day (see Details for Itinerary)
Gettysburg, PA

Young Fruit Farmer Study Tour in PA, August 2-4
The 3rd annual Young Fruit Farmer Study Tour will be held in the Adams County region of Pennsylvania August 2nd-4th. The Young Growers Alliance (YGA), the LOF team, the Future Fruit Growers of Lake Ontario, along with Matt Wells and Chelsea Van Acker (New York Apple Sales) have organized what looks to be an excellent itinerary. The study tour is focused on helping next generation growers develop the knowledge and skills needed to take their family farms into the future.

Interested in attending this event? click view detail for more information on how to reserve a spot.

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