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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August 2019

2019 Young Fruit Growers Study Trip

August 5 - August 7, 2019
3 Days

2019 Young Fruit Growers Study Trip
Online Registration is Now Open for NextGen Young Fruit Grower Study Trip to Hudson Valley, NY!

Hotel group rates final extension until Wednesday July 17th.

The 4th annual Young Fruit Grower Study Trip will be held in the Hudson Valley region of New York August 5th-7th.

The Young Fruit Growers of WNY, in partnership with the LOF Program, have organized an excellent itinerary. Stops will include innovative grower orchards, farm markets, and packing houses in the Hudson Valley. Participants will learn about grafting, hail netting, balancing new varieties, handling a transition, and more.

The study tour is focused on helping next generation growers develop the knowledge and skills needed to take their family farms into the future.

Online registration is now open! Click "View Details" for more information about the event and to register!

Crop Insurance Webinar: Types of Crop Insurance Available for Apple Growers

August 22, 2019
12:00PM - 12:30PM

Join Mark Wiltberger from the CCE LOFP for a discussion about crop insurance and risk management topics for fruit growers.

1st Pre-Harvest Meeting - Wayne County

August 28, 2019
4:30pm - 6:00pm
North Rose, NY

Our 1st Pre-Harvest Meeting will take place in Wayne County on August 28 at Smith Bros. Farms in North Rose, NY.

September 2019

2nd Pre-Harvest Meeting - Orleans County

September 4, 2019
4:30pm - 6:00pm
Medina, NY

Our 2nd Pre-Harvest Meeting will take place in Orleans County on September 4 at Ledge Rock Farms in Medina, NY.

Crop Insurance Webinar: Record-Keeping and Preparing Your Farm for Apple Crop Insurance

September 5, 2019
12:00PM - 12:30PM

Join Mark Wiltberger from the CCE LOFP for a discussion about crop insurance and risk management topics for fruit growers.

October 2019

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Raspberries / Blackberries

Raspberries / Blackberries



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Upcoming Events

CCE's NY Tree Fruit Conference sponsored by CCE Eastern NY Commercial Hort Program & CCE Lake Ontario Fruit Program

February 2 - February 4, 2021

The Cornell Cooperative Extension Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture Program and the Lake Ontario Fruit Program will be cooperatively hosting the 2021 Cornell NYS Tree Fruit Conference online from Feb 2-4. Due to COVID-19 limitations on live meetings, this program replaces CCE-LOF's Winter Fruit Schools and CCE-ENYCHP's Fruit & Vegetable Conference (tree fruit section).  

Register Now!

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Cornell Small Farms Program New Season of Online Courses-Enroll Now!

January 11, 2021
February 22, 2021
September 1, 2021
November 1, 2021

CSFP's new season of online courses is almost halfway through, and now's the time to register for their upcoming block three courses which begin in the new year. Upcoming courses include their new offering on social media and online marketing, farm business courses, and production courses covering beekeeping, mushrooms, sheep and more.

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Its that time of year again!  Don't forget to re-enroll with the Lake Ontario Fruit Program.
Enroll now to ensure you save at upcoming virtual events and avoid any interruption of 2021 LOF publications.
Enrollment available here

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2021 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.

NOW - please scroll down to find links to Strawberry Grower Survey & Degradable Mulching Films for Sustainable Agriculture Survey!

January - Cornell Small Farms Program New Season of Online Courses-Enroll Now!

Feb 2-4  - CCE's NY Tree Fruit Conference sponsored by the CCE Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program and the CCE Lake Ontario Fruit Program - This 2021 virtural conference will replace CCE-LOF's Winter Fruit Schools and CCE-ENYCHP's Fruit & Vegetable Conference.
DEC Credits being applied for at multiple sessions.
Enroll by Jan 26 for Early Registration Price!

Strawberry Grower Survey

The CCE Eastern New York fruit team, along with collaborators from the University of New Hampshire and University of Vermont, wants to learn more about the practices you use and the challenges you face in strawberry production. Your responses will help them better understand the diversity of practices used in the Northeastern U.S. and Canada, and will help them design research & outreach programs to provide the best resources for improving strawberry production on your farm. This information is being gathered for Northeast SARE project "Advancing Strawberry Production in the Northeast".
The survey is available here:
It should take approximately 15 minutes of your time. To thank you for your time, you can also be entered into a drawing to win fabulous prizes.
Learn more at the link above!

Survey on Degradable Mulching Films

Survey on Degradable Mulching Films for Sustainable Agriculture

As we know, thousands of square miles of worldwide agricultural land today utilize polyethylene mulch for crop production. Over the last several decades, however, polyethylene—the polymer used for products such as grocery bags, shampoo bottles, and children's toys—has become an environmental plague throughout the planet. A federal grant, matched by New York State and RIT, is enabling university researchers to study a competitive solution for identifying a more sustainable alternative to conventionally used plastics in farming. You can read the press release here.
The 'Degradable Mulching Films for Sustainable Agriculture' is a 4-year project covers biochemical formulations followed by field trials. This work is done in collaboration with the Cornell Vegetable Program team members and CCE-Monroe County staff. To start with, the researchers would like to better understand the current usage of plastic mulching film and challenges associated with by putting together this brief survey:
Thank you for your help supporting this important research for increased sustainability of our agriculture!

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

Lake Ontario Fruit Program Webinar Recordings

Have you recently miss a webinar provided by the Lake Ontario Fruit Program that you wanted to see, or would you like to review the information again?  Then check it out at the Lake Ontario Fruit Program YouTube Channel.  LOF webinars are recorded, processed, and uploaded to the YouTube Channel within 1-2 days following the meeting.  LOF Webinar Recording & Resource Links

Managing Farms During COVID-19 series:

Managing Fruit and Vegetable Farms During COVID-19 recorded on June 24th.

Summer Fruit Series:
Summer Insect Management in Cherry recorded June 29th.

Managing Irrigation in Apple Orchards this Season recorded July 7th

Honeycrsip Bitter Pit Prediction Models recorded August 11, 2020

Protocol for Honeycrisp Sampling for the Passive Bitter Pit Prediction Model pfd

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|pests.

Pollinator Resouces

Now available Pollinator Resource Links

Article: "Supplemental Coverage Option for Apples"

Supplemental Coverage Option for Apples - Should you add this endorsement to your apple crop insurance policy?

Elizabeth Higgins, Ag Business Management Specialist, ENYCH

For the full article click the link below.