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May 2020

Commercial Vegetable Office Hours

April 23, 2020
May 7, 2020
: 'Office Hours' for Commercial Vegetable Growers
7:00pm - 8:00pm
Zoom

Commercial Vegetable Office Hours

Got commercial vegetable questions? Get LIVE answers every Thursday night from 7:00-8:00pm! This event is hosted on Zoom or you can call in for farmer-driven production conversations, dynamic troubleshooting with CCE Specialists, and photo diagnostics of crop issues and pests. Learn how to identify the pests affecting your crops.

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.

Virtual Petal Fall & Thinning Meeting

May 14, 2020
May 21, 2020
May 28, 2020

4:00pm
Zoom webinar

Due to Covid-19 restrictions on public meetings, a series of three, short, weekly Zoom Webinar on-line thinning meetings will be held instead.

The format is designed to be brief and focused, with an opportunity for grower interaction with the presenters.

The three-meeting format will be repeated separately for the Capital District and the Champlain Valley.

You will be able to submit questions during the meeting. If you'd prefer to submit your question(s) prior, email to Dan Donahue djd13@cornell.edu.

There is no cost to attend, but pre-registration is required. Pre-registration is simple, just your name, business name, and email address, and can be done up to a few moments before the Zoom webinar.

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

CFAP Informational Webinar

May 14, 2020
1:00pm

CFAP, authorized in the CARES Act will provide $16 billion in direct support to agricultural producers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Direct support for farmers and ranchers available via CFAP will include direct support based on actual losses for agricultural producers where prices and market supply chains have been impacted and will assist producers with additional adjustment and marketing costs resulting from lost demand and short-term oversupply for the 2020 marketing year caused by COVID-19. For example if you had to dispose of produce because you lost sales, you may be eligible for a payment.

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

Weekly Berry Office Hours

April 23, 2020
June 4, 2020
: Berry Office Hours - Managing Botrytis in June Bearing Strawberries
12:30pm - 1:30pm
Zoom

Weekly Berry Office Hours held on Thursdays at 12:30pm via Zoom or on your phone.  Format will be a short, in-depth presentation about a production issue and then Q&A.

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.



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.



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.

Lunchtime Webinar: Q & A Session: Managing Field Crews During COVID-19, What Actions Should Growers Take?

June 9, 2020
12-1pm
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.

Join a panel of experts for a Question and Answer lunchtime session that will address common questions that apple growers and other producers have about managing their field crew.

Weekly Berry Office Hours

June 11, 2020 : Berry Office Hours - SWD Management
12:30pm

Join us for office hours - Thursday, June 11 at 12:30pm.  Bring questions about SWD management, ID, etc.  There will be a short presentation first - yes, about SWD! - and then we'll try and touch on highlights for management. 

Click the link below to join

https://cornell.zoom.us/j/9551...

Password: 4FyY8D

Or dial by phone: 1-646-518-9805

Meeting ID: 955 1458 6018

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! 

July 2020

Weekly Berry Office Hours

July 2, 2020 : Berry Office Hours: Renovating June-bearing Strawberries
12:30pm
webinar

Topic: Renovating June-bearing strawberries - this can help control SWD population growth and also help keep perennial berry patches healthy, but there are challenges to the approach.

LOF Summer Fruit Series

July 7, 2020 : LOF Summer Fruit Series - Managing Irrigation in Apple Orchards this Season!
Noon-1pm
Online

LOF Summer Fruit Series

Join us for irrigation presentations and Q&A with Mario Miranda Sazo and Dr. Terence Robinson.

Controlling Fruit Rots and Other Summer Diseases Webinar

July 8, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Zoom webinar

Join the Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture Program  as Dr. Srdjan Acimovic of the Hudson Valley Research Lab discusses the basic biology and his recommended management approaches for multiple summer diseases.

Controlling Fruit Rots and Other Summer Diseases (Webinar)

July 8, 2020
4-5pm
webinar

Join us as Dr. Srdjan Acimovic of the Hudson Valley Research Lab discusses the basic biology and his recommended management approaches for multiple summer diseases.

Listening Session for New York State Apple Producers Changes Proposed for Apple Crop Insurance Program -

July 9, 2020
Noon-1:30PM
Online

Listening Session for New York State Apple Producers Changes Proposed for Apple Crop Insurance Program -

See detials for meeting registration link and instructions for online meeting.

SAP Analysis

July 13, 2020
July 20, 2020

Please do not send samples after July 20 2020

Peel samples can be collected & delivered/picked up by LOF between now &...  Please click details & fill out registration form for each block you intend to have peel SAP analysis run on.  Please use the provided protocol for fruit and peel collection and preservation.

LOF Summer Fruit Series

July 14, 2020 : Peel SAP Analysis for Early Prediction of Bitter Pit in 'Honeycrisp'
Noon-1pm
Online

LOF Summer Fruit Series

Join us for a review of peel SAP analysis and how it could help in your orchard.  Presentations and Q&A session with Dr. Cheng & Dr. Robinson.

How Should my Business Respond to COIVID-19? A Q & A Zoom Session for Apple Packing Facilities

July 16, 2020
Noon - 1:15 PM
Zoom Webinar

A one-hour, 15 minute  Q&A Zoom session to answer questions about your farm business response to the COVID-19 crisis. How can I reduce risk at my apple packing facility? You can submit questions ahead of time if you wish.

Register here: https://cornell.zoom.us/webina... 

High Tech Precision Orchard Spraying

July 20, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm
Zoom webinar

Join us the afternoon of July 20th to learn what's new in orchard precision spraying technology. We'll be joined by Dr. Jason Deveau, Dr. Heping Zhu, and Steve Booher. 

After their presentations, we will open up the meeting for all three presenters to field questions and comments. 

High Tech Precision Orchard Spraying

July 20, 2020
4:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
Zoom webinar

Join the Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture Program the afternoon of July 20th to learn what's new in orchard precision spraying technology. We'll be joined by Dr. Jason Deveau, Dr. Heping Zhu, and Steve Booher.  After their presentations, we will open up the meeting for all three presenters to field questions and comments. 

COVID-19 Webinar: What we Know, Reopening Safely, and Guidance for Social Situations

July 28, 2020
4pm
Webinar

Medical guidance for producers, service providers, farmworkers, and community members.

 The Cornell Farmworker Program and Finger Lakes Community Health (the clinic) present a free English presentation with Dr. Jose Canario, M.D. In this one hour webinar, Dr. Canario will give an update on COVID-19 research, discuss safe ways to go out under "reopening", and appropriate behavior during social settings. Attendees are required to register and are encouraged to submit questions in advance or raise them during the call. The English webinar will provide important information for producers, service providers, and community members. All welcome.

2020 (Virtual) Greenhouse IPM In-Depth Workshop

July 28, 2020
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Webinar

Since we can't gather on the Cornell campus this year, we're taking your favorite IPM workshop virtual!

July 28 from 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. via Zoom.

Managing Humidity and Condensation in Coolers

July 29, 2020
5pm - 7pm
webinar

Please join us for a virtual twilight meeting on how to manage humidity and condensation in coolers to increase shelf life and prevent food-borne illness.

Farm Labor 102: Guidance on the New Legislation in New York

July 30, 2020
12:00pm EDT

NYFB is pleased to partner once again with the law firm Bond, Schoeneck & King to present a complimentary webinar to members on the farm labor regulations that went into effect January 1, 2020.

In a webinar late last year, these attorneys informed our members about overtime pay, the mandatory day of rest, the right to organize and negotiate a Collective Bargaining Agreement, and other topics. Join us on Thursday, July 30 at 12 p.m. to learn about guidance on these regulations just issued by New York including which employees are excluded from the day of rest provision, who is covered by the over-60 hour overtime provision, the definition of immediate family, and more. Check future FB Alerts for more information.

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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.