Lake Ontario Fruit Program Enrollment

Program Areas

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

Enrollment Benefits

  • Telephone / Email Consultations
  • Fruit Newsletter?
  • Direct Mailings
  • Educational Meetings & Conferences
  • In-Field Educational Opportunities
  • 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

Sponsor Set-up and LunchMap (PDF; 356KB)

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A 4-part workshop by USDA - Northeast Extension RMA, The Cornell Farmworker Program, and CCE. 
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Apple Tree Insurance Producer Listening Session

November 28, 2017
Highland, NY

The purpose of this listening session is to gather information regarding the specific needs and desires of growers in order to assist us in developing a program that will best benefit the apple industry. For those that can not attend in person, an online conference option will be proved.

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2018 Becker Forum: Farm Employment Practices - Planning for the Future

January 15, 2018
8:30 AM registration, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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European Cherry Fruit Fly Grower Meeting

European Cherry Fruit Fly has been found in Niagara County now what? 
An update for Fruit Growers will be held on Thursday, November 16th, 2017.
For more meeting details:
For info on this pest:|crops|cherries|crop*41

Precision Agriculture Survey

Dear apple industry stakeholder:
Please consider responding to this short online survey on precision agriculture in apple production - it will only take 5 minutes of your time.
This survey is part of a USDA grant application to develop new science, tools, and technology that assist apple producers in managing resources to optimize yield and maximize profitability. Our team includes scientists from Idaho, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, and Washington.
Your responses are extremely important to document the need of advancing precision agriculture technologies tailored to the various needs of the U.S. apple industry.
Responding to this survey is voluntary. Should you have any questions, please contact Karina Gallardo,Washington State University,
On behalf of the Pome Precision Agriculture Application (POMapp) team, thanks!

2017 Census of Agriculture Info

For info on 2017 Census of Agriculture click here

Crop Insurance Enrollment Reminder!

Time to buy crop insurance for Apples, Grapes, Peaches, & Tart Cherries. 

Enrollment deadline for the 2018 growing season is November 20, 2017!

Crop insurance helps producers manage risk.  If you suffer losses this year, crop insurance can help you be able to plant next year.  Some fruit growers use Whole Farm Revenue Protection, a new insurance product that allows to you to insure your overall revenue.  Find more crop insurance information at

To purchase, contact a crop insurance agent. Find one using the USDA RMA Agent Locator at

NEWA Survey Link

The Network for Environment and Weather Applications (NEWA) wants you to take our online survey it'll only take about 10 minutes of your time.

Take the survey now:

Whether you've used NEWA's online pest forecast models for years or have never used NEWA at all, we will benefit from your responses. Why? Because we are building a new website at, one that'll be as easy to use on your smart phone as on your desktop, and we want to build it the way you want it to be.

NEWA is an online agricultural decision support system that uses real time weather data, streamed over the internet from 573 weather stations throughout the Northeast, Midwest and mid-Atlantic. NEWA provides insect and plant disease pest management tools, degree days, and weather information for growers, consultants, Extension educators, faculty, and others.

NEWA models and resources are available free of charge, and are used to make informed localized crop management decisions. The NEWA website will be upgraded soon and we want to know what users', new and old, want and need out of the new website.

All responses are anonymous and confidential and will not be shared with any outside group.

Thank you for participating!

For more information:

Dan Olmstead

NEWA Coordinator, New York State IPM Program
Cornell University, NYSAES
630 West North Street
Geneva, NY 14456

NEWA is a Partnership of the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program and the Northeast Regional Climate Center.

2017 Champlain and Vermont Young Grower Trip

The 2017 Champlain and Vermont Study trip was a great success and NY growers had again an excellent educational experience. See more by clicking the following link.|business

Mechanical Blossom Thinning Video

Click link for Details.
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Spray Mixing Instructions Considering TRV

Spray Mixing Instructions Considering Tree Row Volume - TRV

Spray Mixing Instructions Considering Tree Row Volume - TRV
Terence Robinson, Poliana Francescatto, Cornell University
Win Cowgill, Professor Emeritus, Rutgers University

Click below for full article:

Precision Chemical Thinning in 2017

Precision Chemical Thinning in 2017 for Gala and Honeycrisp

Poliana Francescatto, Craig Kahlke, Mario Miranda Sazo, Terence Robinson

full article pdf. available here:|crops|apples|crop*38

2017 Census of Agriculture

Producers who are new to farming or did not receive a Census of Agriculture in 2012 still have time to sign up to receive the 2017 Census of Agriculture report form by visiting and clicking on the Make Sure You Are Counted' button through June. NASS defines a farm as any place from which $1,000 or more of agricultural products were produced and sold, or normally would have been sold, during the census year (2017).

For more information about the 2017 Census of Agriculture and to see how census data are used, visit or call (800) 727-9540.

"Visual Guide" for March Pruning

A Practical "Visual Guide" for March Pruning of Young and Semi-Young High Density Apple Plantings
Mario Miranda Sazo

The document is a practical and colorful visual guide that shows some important pruning cuts to better grow and train the "money makers" Gala, Honeycrisp, and Fuji trees. The pruning cut decisions are easy to follow and their objectives are simple.  More information and the guide can be found here:|crops|apples|crop*38

2017 LOF Winter Fruit School Presentations

2017 Winter Fruit School presentations that have been approved by the presenters are now available here|crops|apples|crop*38; past LOF Winter Fruit School presentations approved for public distribution can be found under the Apples at the bottom in a list.

Working with a Spanish Speaking Workforce

Please use the link below to watch a YouTube video in which Libby Eiholzer, Bilingual Dairy Specialist of the Northwest New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Team and Mario Sazo, Extension Associate of the Lake Ontario Fruit Program discuss Building Campus County Connections: Working with a Spanish Speaking Workforce.

Apple System Payback Calculator Now Available!

Apple System Payback Calculator
You can down load this spreadsheet to help you calculate the return on investment for an orchard system you are considering to plant or invest in.

New York Apples and Hard Cider Classifieds

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