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2020 Lake Ontario Winter Fruit School

Last Modified: February 17, 2020

This all day event provided 2 near-identical programs available on the West and East sides of Rochester on consecutive days.  We are featured an intensive Precision Honeycrisp management school in addition to updates on Labor, Fruit Farm Business Summary, as well as pests and diseases, including European Cherry Fruit Fly.  Pdfs for most of the presentations are now available.


Storage Workshop Key Takeaways

Craig Kahlke, Team Leader, Fruit Quality Management
Lake Ontario Fruit Program

Last Modified: August 28, 2019

Mike Basedow and Dan Donahue, CCE Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture 

    We both attended Chris Watkin's Cornell Storage Workshop in Ithaca on August 8th, 2019, and thought we would share the main takeaways. We've included some recent recommendations for Honeycrisp, Gala, NY-1, NY-2, Mac, Cortland, and Empire, along with a quick comparison of utilizing dynamic controlled atmosphere (DCA) storage and 1-MCP.


Reflective Ground Cover For Coloring Apples At Harvest: Could Yield Revenue

Mark Wiltberger, Business Management Specialist
Lake Ontario Fruit Program

Last Modified: June 20, 2019

Reflective ground cover has been used in fruit-growing regions for a number of years now. The Lake Ontario Fruit Team conducted a field trial in 2018 of reflective ground cover at two Wayne County farms. The infographic contains information about reflective groundcovers including the quality and economic benefits found in the study and additional information on types of groundcovers and suppliers.


Empire State Producers EXPO proceeding link

Last Modified: March 5, 2019

Links to proceedings and resources listed in presentations from the EXPO can be found here.


New CCE LOF Videos

Last Modified: October 18, 2018

Watch and see how NYS apples are harvested & check out the new hail netting project.


Subscribe Now for Harvest Maturity Reports!

Craig Kahlke, Team Leader, Fruit Quality Management
Lake Ontario Fruit Program

Last Modified: August 14, 2018

Now is the time to renew your subscriptions to the Harvest Maturity Reports if you have not done so. Your $60 subscription (if in the Lake Ontario Fruit Program counties of Niagara, Monroe, Orleans, Oswego and Wayne) gets you critical information on a weekly basis during apple harvest. Fruit samples are collected early in the week from across the region and sampled for internal ethylene concentration, firmness, starch/iodine, and total soluble solids. Results are summarized and recommendations for harvest windows of major apple and pear varieties are either faxed or emailed to subscribers late in the week. Satellite subscribers outside of the four county regions can receive reports as well, for $100.


Produce Donations for Hurricane Relief

Last Modified: September 15, 2017

NYS Fruit & Vegetable growers are getting together some loads of "hard" crops (apples, onions, cabbage, winter squash and anything else you think will last a week at room temperature) to send down to TX and, likely, Florida.  Feeding America is handling transportation.  You will all receive a record of donation.

Dates are weekly to help donations be delivered to where they can be most efficiently used over the next month while emergency feeding continues.  More locations can be considered if we can get the pallet count to fill a truck at that locations.

Please see the attached PDF for more details and contact Maire Ulrich ASAP if you are interested in donating! (Maire: 845-742-4342/ e-mail mru2@cornell.edu/ office 845-344-1234 )


Predicted CA Cutoff Model for McIntosh

Craig Kahlke, Team Leader, Fruit Quality Management
Lake Ontario Fruit Program

Last Modified: August 18, 2017

Predicted CA Cutoff Model for McIntosh.  See attachment for full article.

MAF Sizer/Grader for Sale

Mario Miranda Sazo, Cultural Practices
Lake Ontario Fruit Program

Last Modified: August 10, 2017
MAF Sizer/Grader for Sale

MAF Pomone 2-lane Optiscan 2000 fruit sizer/grader with Orphea software and CCD camerafrom the Terence Robinson research program at the NYSAES in Geneva, NY. Manufactured in 1994 and purchased in 1996 as a prior demonstration machine and used to grade bushel sized samples of apples, pears, and peaches for quality comparison and research purposes. Unit is 32 feet long. Currently operating one-lane due to lack of parts. As is. Buyer incurs removal cost and labor. Must be removed by July 28th. Price reduced to $5,000. For more information contact Peter Herzeelle
ph373@cornell.edu, 315-781-2602.

Platform Payback Tool

Last Modified: March 2, 2017

This financial tool will assist growers in determining the annual savings by investing in a platform for pruning, hand thinning and harvest. Platforms eliminate the use of ladders and create a consistent work flow that improves labor productivity for labor intensive tasks in orchard systems.

Apple Harvest Preparation Checklist

Matthew Wells, Production Economics & Business Management
Lake Ontario Fruit Program

Last Modified: August 7, 2015

Utilize this pre-harvest checklist to ensure you have a successful harvest.  You can modify the checklist to suit your specific business.

Presentations - 2015 Winter Tree Fruit Schools

Last Modified: February 16, 2015

Presentations given at the 2015 Commercial Tree Fruit Schools in Lake George (LG) and Kingston in the Hudson Valley (HV) are available by clicking on the following links.  

Predicting Harvest Date Windows for Apples

Last Modified: January 14, 2014

For highest returns many factors need to be considered for harvesting fruit.  Harvest date has a major impact on apple quality after storage. The following pdf can be used to determine the best harvest window for apples.

Apple Harvesting, Handling, and Storage

Craig Kahlke, Team Leader, Fruit Quality Management
Lake Ontario Fruit Program

Last Modified: January 13, 2014

NYRAES-112, This publication is the proceedings from the Harvesting, Handling, and Storage Workshop, held on August 14, 1997 at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Ten papers are included: "Management of Gala, Braeburn, and Fuji for Quality"; "Effect of Retainª on Storability of Apple Fruit"; "Retain™ Experiences with McIntosh and Jonagold in New York"; "Current Issues Facing Washington State Fruit Growers"; "Calibration and Use of Penetrometers, Refractometers, Gas Monitoring Equipment, and Thermometers"; "Review of Cooling Needs for Rapid CA Storage"; "Recent Research and Changing Options for Controlling Postharvest Decays of Apples"; "Do I Sell My Fruit for Fresh or Processing Markets? A Spreadsheet-Based Analysis"; "Update on Calcium and DPA Research"; and "Fresh and Minimally Processed Produce and Food Safety."(1997)

Produce Handling for Direct Marketing

Craig Kahlke, Team Leader, Fruit Quality Management
Lake Ontario Fruit Program

Last Modified: January 13, 2014

NRAES-51, Successful direct marketing of fresh fruits and vegetables depends on providing quality items in a clean and customer-friendly environment. This publication is valuable for growers who sell seasonal produce at local farmers' markets or roadside markets. It describes postharvest physiology, food safety, produce handling from harvest to storage, refrigerated storage, produce displays, and specific handling and display recommendations for over forty types of fruits and vegetables. Eleven tables and eight figures are included. (1992)

Successful direct marketing of fresh fruits and vegetables depends on providing quality items in a clean and customer-friendly environment. Produce Handling for Direct Marketing, NRAES-51, is an invaluable guide for the grower who sells seasonal produce at local farmers' markets or roadside markets.

The Commercial Storage of Fruits, Vegetables, and Florist and Nursery Stocks

Craig Kahlke, Team Leader, Fruit Quality Management
Lake Ontario Fruit Program

Last Modified: January 13, 2014

The information contained in this preliminary version of HB-66 has been assembled from information prepared by nearly 100 authors from around the world. The version posted here is a revised copy of a Draft made available online in November 2002 for author and public review and comment.

Blueberry Harvest & Postharvest Handling 2012

Last Modified: January 9, 2014

Blueberries are one of the toughest of the small fruit we harvest in the Northeast, so they are more forgiving in their handling. However, proper harvest and postharvest handling techniques will make for a higher quality product that has an extended storage and shelf life. Since nearly all of the blueberry plantings in our region are harvested by hand for the fresh market, training pickers becomes extremely important.

Bramble Harvest & Postharvest Handling 2012

Last Modified: January 9, 2014

Brambles (raspberries and blackberries) are the most delicate of the small fruit we harvest in the Northeast, so special care must be taken in their handling. Since nearly all of the bramble operations in our region are harvested by hand for the fresh market, training pickers becomes extremely important.

Forced-Air Cooling to Improve Berry Quality & Shelf-Life

Last Modified: January 9, 2014
Forced-Air Cooling to Improve Berry Quality & Shelf-Life

Berries are an extremely perishable crop, mainly due their brittle nature and high respiration rates. This is especially true of raspberries and strawberries, while blueberries, currants, and gooseberries are somewhat hardier. For every one hour delay in cooling of fruit after harvest, it is estimated that your produce will lose one day of shelf-life.

Extending Shelf-Life, Marketing Window, & Quality of Sweet Cherries in New York

Craig Kahlke, Team Leader, Fruit Quality Management
Lake Ontario Fruit Program

Last Modified: July 15, 2013

Craig J. Kahlke1, Olga I. Padilla-Zakour2, Herbert J. Cooley2, and Terence L. Robinson3
1. Lake Ontario Fruit Program, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Lockport, NY. 2. Dept. of Food Science and Technology, NY State Ag. Exp. Station, Cornell University, Geneva, NY.  3. Dept. of Hort. Sciences, NY State Ag. Exp. Station, Cornell University, Geneva, NY

The results of 6 years of trials in New York with the use of Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) are summarized.  Some varieties, such as Hudson and Sam, had excellent eating quality after 6 weeks of storage in MAP liners.  Many others had acceptable eating quality at 4-5 weeks.  Still others had good eating quality in the same time frame, but some lost stems at an accelerated rate after about 3.5 weeks.  Trials on over 20 varieties are summarized in Table 2. 

Still more trials need to be performed by individual growers, using their preferred varieties and cultural practices.   It takes relatively few cherries (50-100 pounds) and just a few dollars in MAP liners to conduct a trial. 


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Gooseberries

Nectarines

Nectarines

Peaches

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Pears

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Plums

Plums

Raspberries / Blackberries

Raspberries / Blackberries

Strawberries

Strawberries

Unusual Fruit

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Upcoming Events

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

June 9, 2020

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.

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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.


9 Jun - Q & A Session: Managing Field Crews during COVID-19: What Actions Should Apple Growers Take? Tuesday, June 9, 12-1 PM - Register for this Zoom Webinar Now


Spring Meetings Recordings & Slides Available

Meeting pdf & recorded webinar resources including the "10-13mm Thinning Spray Recommends" are now available at https://lof.cce.cornell.edu/submission.php?id=707&crumb=crops|crops|apples|crop*38.

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.

Weekly Webinars

Weekly webinar and/or virtual office hours, due to changing webinar links blogs are linked below for most accurate times and additional webinars please check the following links a few days before the suggested weekly days described below so you don't miss anything.

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. Join each week, or view recordings that will be posted. 

Morning Brew: Tree Fruit Pest Management Conversations via Zoom held on Mondays at 6am - 7am. Hudson Valley Research Laboratory entomologist, Peter Jentsch, friends and guests invite you to join in discussions on Tree Fruit Pest Management through the season. Important…The meeting link may change every week as needed. Link on the most updated weekly email blog invitation.

Food Industry Office Hours to Answer COVID-19 Questions via Zoom held on Thursdays at 4pm - The Extension Team within the Department of Food Science at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY) and Cornell AgriTech (Geneva, NY) are hosting a weekly Q&A and facilitated discussions during their online Food Industry Virtual Office Hours.  You may submit questions when you register, email them in advance to foodsafety@cornell.edu, or ask them live during the session.

Cornell Hard Cider PWT Virtual Office Hours: Cider Apple Production via Zoom Thursdays from 4-5pm - Please join Cornell's Hard Cider Program Work Team for a question and answer session on any topic related to hard cider production that you want to discuss.


COVID-19 Update from LOF Team & Link to Resources

IMPORTANT NOTE FROM OUR TEAM:
Cornell Cooperative Extension's Lake Ontario Fruit Program prioritizes the health, safety, and well-being of our staff, constituents, and community members. Given the uncertainty surrounding the rapidly-changing COVID-19 situation, many of our upcoming events have been cancelled or postponed through May.  This includes on-site farm visits and consultations. Our specialists are working from home and will still be available to help you via phone, zoom or email and we will resume our regular programming as soon as we can. Check announcements and Upcoming Events for updated information and upcoming virtual events.  We look forward to helping you manage your farm business during this time and hope that you and your family stay safe and healthy!  

COVID-19 Resources provides links to all COVID-19 information.



H-2A Related Updates

Visas and Travel from Major H-2A Source Countries Jamaica has stopped processing visas until April. One embassy employee tested positive for COVID-19 and is now Read more…
by Richard Stup on March 18, 2020 

Arriving H-2A Workers: Reconciling Isolation and Essential Status
Much confusion exists about the availability for work of H-2A workers who are newly arriving from a foreign country. This post will attempt to clarify Read more…


"How to" Zoom: YouTube Video Link Available

To ensure the health and safety of everyone we are practicing social distancing.  Specialists are still available for consult via phone calls, emails, and Zoom meetings. Zoom  allows for a face to face meeting via a computer/smartphone and includes the option for screen sharing.  For anyone new to this technology Cornell has created a basic YouTube video on How to use Zoom.  

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.

https://lof.cce.cornell.edu/submission.php?id=604




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