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April 2020

OSHA Compliant Fit Testing and Training in Pultneyville - CANCELLED - see for link with temporary enforcement guidance

April 1, 2020 : April 1 - OSHA Compliant Fit Testing and Training in Pultneyville
CANCELLED
Pultneyville Lodge
Pultneyville, NY

Click details for temporary enforcement guidance on Annual Fit Testing.         

- CANCELLED - In a collaboration with Cornell Cooperative Extension Wayne County, Wayne County Farm Bureau and the Finger Lakes Occupational Health Services (FLOHS), we are offering the opportunity for Fit Test and Training provided by the FLOHS.

Valent Pome Fruit Portfolio Webinars - Free

April 1, 2020 : Webinar #1: Pre-Season
12-12:30pm
Webinar - Register to receive meeting log-in instructions & link

Topics that will be covered:

  • Extend pollination period to enhance fruit set in apples, pears and cherries
  • Improve fruit set following a frost event
  • Improved branching and revitalizing blind wood
  • Improved vigor on new plantings
  • Control of San Jose scale and codling moth
  • Long-lasting weed control in young orchards

Cancelled - Respirator Fit Testing Clinics in WNY & Finger Lakes 2020

April 1, 2020
May 14, 2020

Appointment by schedule only: Cancelled
Western New York & Finger Lakes Locations

View Details for Update on Annual Fit Testing Requirements and Temporary Exemptions here https://www.nycamh.org/programs-and-services/respirator-fit-test-clinics.php

REVISED PROGRAM: 2020 DEC Special Permit Training

April 3, 2020
April 3 is the registration deadline ONLY. Program date and time TBD
Already Registered? You will be contacted with details on how to participate in revised program

REVISED PROGRAM: 2020 DEC Special Permit Training

UPDATE: NYS DEC has approved a revised Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Special Permit Training (SPT) Program for 2020 that accommodates current restrictions on public meetings, recommendations for social distancing, and projected delays in H2A guest worker processing.  Our previously announced SPT in-person training sessions scheduled in Wayne and Orleans counties for April 7 and 8 have been cancelled.  However, a recorded webinar is being developed that will satisfy the requirements. Registration deadline for this Revised Special Permit Training is April 3rd.

View Details for more info.

Special Permits (SP) will only be issued for specific pesticide labels and SP trainees will have to pass a test. This will relieve the certified pesticide applicator from "on-site within voice contact" supervision of non-certified pesticide applicators when they are handling federally-restricted-use pesticides for which they hold a Special Permit.

Workers requiring general pesticide training/Agricultural Worker Protection Standard Handler training who do not need special permits are welcome to take the class; they will not be tested and will receive a course participation certificate.

CANCELLED - In-Person 2020 Worker Protection Standard Training & DEC Special Permit Training

April 7, 2020 : Wayne County In-Person Special Permit Training Cancelled
Cornell Cooperative Extension Wayne County

CANCELLED - In-Person 2020 Worker Protection Standard Training & DEC Special Permit Training

THIS IN-PERSON EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED BUT A REVISED PROGRAM HAS BEEN DEVELOPED.  REVISED PROGRAM & REGISTRATION

Special Permits (SP) will only be issued for specific pesticide labels and SP trainees will have to pass a test. This will relieve the certified pesticide applicator from "on-site within voice contact" supervision of non-certified pesticide applicators when they are handling federally-restricted-use pesticides for which they hold a Special Permit.

Workers requiring general pesticide training/Agricultural Worker Protection Standard Handler training who do not need special permits are welcome to take the class; they will not be tested and will receive a course participation certificate.

CANCELLED - In-Person 2020 Worker Protection Standard Training & DEC Special Permit Training

April 8, 2020 : Orleans County In-Person Special Permit Training Cancelled
Orleans County Cooperative Extension

CANCELLED - In-Person 2020 Worker Protection Standard Training & DEC Special Permit Training

THIS IN-PERSON EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED BUT A REVISED PROGRAM HAS BEEN DEVELOPED.  REVISED PROGRAM & REGISTRATION

Special Permits (SP) will only be issued for specific pesticide labels and SP trainees will have to pass a test. This will relieve the certified pesticide applicator from "on-site within voice contact" supervision of non-certified pesticide applicators when they are handling federally-restricted-use pesticides for which they hold a Special Permit.

Workers requiring general pesticide training/Agricultural Worker Protection Standard Handler training who do not need special permits are welcome to take the class; they will not be tested and will receive a course participation certificate.

Valent Pome Fruit Portfolio Webinars - Free

April 8, 2020 : Webinar #2: Pre-thinning
12-12:30pm
Webinar - Register to receive meeting log-in instructions & link

Topics that will be covered:

  • Timing and use of PGR to optimize fruit size and quality
  • Thinning and sizing
  • Russet control plus improved fruit quality
  • Codling moth, leaf rollers and San Jose scale protection

OSHA Compliant Fit Testing and Training in Pultneyville - CANCELLED - see for link with temporary enforcement guidance

April 9, 2020 : April 9 - OSHA Compliant Fit Testing and Training in Pultneyville
8:30am - 4:30pm - each day will have time slots on the hour at 9, 10, & 11am & 1, 2, 3pm.
Pultneyville Lodge
Pultneyville, NY

Crop Insurance Listening Session: Feasibility of Revenue Coverage for Apples

April 28, 2020
9am
Online

The USDA Risk Management Agency and Agralytica will conduct a listening session for grower and stakeholder feedback about potential revenue coverage options for apple crop insurance.

For New York State stakeholders the sessions will be:

  • April 28th at 9am for NYS Apple Growers
  • May 4th 9am for East Coast Insurance Agents
  • May 5th 3pm for East Coast Insurance Providers and Adjusters
  • Best Management Practices for U-Pick During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    April 30, 2020
    12:30pm - 1:30pm
    Online

    In light of what we understand about the spread of COVID-19, new management practices will be needed to protect your U-Pick farm team and your customers. This will take some more planning as well as possibly adding more staff to your team. 

    Join free webinar today - click details for link.

    May 2020

    CCE LOF 'Spring Pink Meeting' - Actual Date May 11

    May 11, 2020
    Noon - 1pm, Eastern Time
    Online

    Join the us for the first virtual CCE LOF 'Spring Pink Meeting' via Zoom.  Monday May 11 from Noon -1pm.  Be sure to preregister for this free Zoom webinar.

    Spotted Lanternfly Workshop - Online

    May 13, 2020
    9:30am - Noon
    Online; pre-registration required

    Spotted Lanternfly Workshop - Online

    Pre-registration for this free webinar is required.

    Extended Registration for REVISED PROGRAM: 2020 DEC Special Permit Training

    May 15, 2020
    Extended Registration for Special Permit Training
    For anyone who missed the April 3rd registration deadline, now is your chance to register.

    Late Registration Now Available for Special Permit Training - for those who were unable to register by April 3rd, there is still time.  If you have already registered please do not re-register you will be contacted in the near future with detailed instructions.

    UPDATE: NYS DEC has approved a revised Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) Special Permit Training (SPT) Program for 2020 that accommodates current restrictions on public meetings, recommendations for social distancing, and projected delays in H2A guest worker processing.  Our previously announced SPT in-person training sessions scheduled in Wayne and Orleans counties for April 7 and 8 have been cancelled.  However, a recorded webinar is being developed that will satisfy the requirements. Registration deadline for this Revised Special Permit Training is April 3rd.

    View Details for more info.

    Special Permits (SP) will only be issued for specific pesticide labels and SP trainees will have to pass a test. This will relieve the certified pesticide applicator from "on-site within voice contact" supervision of non-certified pesticide applicators when they are handling federally-restricted-use pesticides for which they hold a Special Permit.

    Workers requiring general pesticide training/Agricultural Worker Protection Standard Handler training who do not need special permits are welcome to take the class; they will not be tested and will receive a course participation certificate

    COPY - Spring Meeting Series

    May 21, 2020 : Spring Bloom Meeting
    Noon - 1pm
    Online - please register via link in description

    Dr. Terence Robinson & Mario Miranda Sazo will be providing recommendations for bloom thinning in biennial varieties (plus Gala), with up-to-date information based on assessments of freeze damage across the region. This meeting will be recorded.

    Spring Meeting Series

    May 21, 2020 : Spring Bloom Meeting
    Noon - 1pm
    Online - please register via link in description

    Dr. Terence Robinson & Mario Miranda Sazo will be providing recommendations for bloom thinning in biennial varieties (plus Gala), with up-to-date information based on assessments of freeze damage across the region. This meeting will be recorded.

    Spring Meeting Series

    May 27, 2020 : Spring Petal Fall Thinning Recommendations Meeting Part 1
    Noon - 1pm
    Online, please register via link in the description.

    Spring Meeting Series

    Description: A fairly short meeting. Terence Robinson and Mario Miranda Sazo will be making early thinning recommendations based on assessments over the past several days. There will be plenty of time for Q&A, and the webinar will be recorded and posted to our website soon after.


    COPY - Spring Meeting Series

    May 27, 2020 : Spring Petal Fall Thinning Recommendations Meeting Part 1
    Noon - 1pm
    Online, please register via link in the description.

    COPY - Spring Meeting Series

    Description: A fairly short meeting. Terence Robinson and Mario Miranda Sazo will be making early thinning recommendations based on assessments over the past several days. There will be plenty of time for Q&A, and the webinar will be recorded and posted to our website soon after.


    Spring Meeting Series

    May 29, 2020 : "Annual" Spring Petal Fall Thinning Meeting Part 2
    Noon - 1:30 PM
    Zoom Webinar

    Spring Meeting Series

    "Annual" Spring Petal Fall Thinning Meeting Part 2-

    Please register through Zoom link by clicking on view  details below and scrolling down to the May 29 Webinar.

    This will be a more comprehensive webinar that will be similar to the field meetings we had Pre-COVID, which will include IPM/pest management updates from Cornell faculty, pollination information, a labor update, COVID-19 information, a national crop update, and an update on thinning recommendations from Mario. There will be time for Q&A. It will be recorded and posted on our website later as well.


    COPY - Spring Meeting Series

    May 29, 2020 : "Annual" Spring Petal Fall Thinning Meeting Part 2
    Noon - 1:30 PM
    Zoom Webinar

    COPY - Spring Meeting Series

    "Annual" Spring Petal Fall Thinning Meeting Part 2-

    Please register through Zoom link by clicking on view  details below and scrolling down to the May 29 Webinar.

    This will be a more comprehensive webinar that will be similar to the field meetings we had Pre-COVID, which will include IPM/pest management updates from Cornell faculty, pollination information, a labor update, COVID-19 information, a national crop update, and an update on thinning recommendations from Mario. There will be time for Q&A. It will be recorded and posted on our website later as well.


    June 2020

    COPY - Spring Meeting Series

    June 5, 2020 : Western NY 10-13 mm Thinning Spray Recommendations
    Noon - 1 PM
    Zoom webinar

    COPY - Spring Meeting Series

    Dr. Terence Robinson will present his recommendations for the all-important 10-13 mm thinning sprays. This will be based on overall response to thinners though petal fall, and the carbohydrate model predictions with the current weather forecasts. Terence and Mario will be available after to answer your questions.

    Please register through Zoom link by clicking on view  details below and scrolling down to the June 5 Webinar.



    Spring Meeting Series

    June 5, 2020 : Western NY 10-13 mm Thinning Spray Recommendations
    Noon - 1 PM
    Zoom webinar

    Spring Meeting Series

    Dr. Terence Robinson will present his recommendations for the all-important 10-13 mm thinning sprays. This will be based on overall response to thinners though petal fall, and the carbohydrate model predictions with the current weather forecasts. Terence and Mario will be available after to answer your questions.

    Please register through Zoom link by clicking on view  details below and scrolling down to the June 5 Webinar.



    Lunchtime Q & A Session, Tuesday, June 9: Managing Field Crews during COVID-19: What Actions Should Apple Growers Take?

    June 9, 2020
    12pm - 1pm
    Online

    As New York "Reopens" business during the COVID-19 crisis, business owners are evaluating what actions they need to take to protect themselves, their employees, and their customers.

    Join a panel of experts for a Question and Answer lunchtime session on June 9th, 2020 at noon that will address common questions that apple growers and other producers have about managing their field crew.

    Q & A Session, Wed June 24th - Managing Fruit and Vegetable Farms During COVID-19: What Actions Should Farms Take?

    June 24, 2020
    7pm - 8:15pm
    Online Webinar

    As New York "Reopens" business during the COVID-19 crisis, business owners are evaluating what actions they need to take to protect themselves, their employees, and their customers, and to help public officials contain the spread of COVID-19.

    Join a panel of Cornell ag specialists for a Question and Answer session on June 24th, 2020, at 7pm, that will address common questions that fruit and vegetable growers have about managing their farms during COVID-19.

    Summer Insect Management in Cherry - Keeping Covered for SWD

    June 29, 2020
    12pm - 1pm
    Zoom Meeting

    Please join us for a webinar to learn about managing spotted wing drosophila and fruit flies in cherries this summer! 

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    Upcoming Events

    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.

    Western NY Fruit Conference - "State of the Industry"

    Event Offers DEC Credits

    February 27 - February 28, 2023
    Henrietta, NY

    CCE-LOF are excited to bring you a muti-day fruit conference in WNY! This is replacing our Winter Fruit Schools. Tentative Agenda is now available.

    Fire Blight Informational Series - Michigan Fire Blight Meeting

    March 1, 2023 : Michigan Fire Blight Meeting
    Traverse City, MI

    The team leading the national fire blight SCRI grant "Comprehensive Fire Blight Management for the United States" is hosting a March meeting (in person or virtual) as well as a webinar series. This multi-state series will address new research on best management practices for fire blight control. You are encouraged to attend these events which will provide cutting edge research recommendations into how to manage fire blight. Each session eligible for some DEC credits (see below for quantities, and bottom of article for direction on how to receive credit).

    Announcements

    Save the Date! - Scroll down for Upcoming Events

    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


    8 Feb - Becker Forum - All Day - Oncenter, Syracuse

    12-15 Feb - 66th Annual IFTA Conference & Tours - Grand Rapids, MI - $650

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

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


    7-10 Mar - 2023 Annual Meeting & Conference of the 10th NASS & NASGA - San Luis Obispo, California

    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

    14-15 Mar - Curso de Desarrollo de Liderazgo - contact Tim Shenk

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

    16 Mar - CCE Stone Fruit Updates Webinar - registration coming soon

    17 & 21 Mar - Pre-Exam Training to Become a Certified Pesticide Applicator - Wayne Co CCE - $50

    21 Mar - Strep Resistant Erwinia amylovora in New York States - 1-2:30pm, virtual, registration coming soon

    24 Mar - Test to Become a Certified Pesticide Applicator - Wayne Co CCE - $100 



    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.