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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  • Issues of Fruit Newletters
  • Helpful Diagnostic Tool:
      What's wrong with my crop?

Impact In New York

The pdfs below provide updates on the different projects and educational events provided by the LOF team and the impacts that are making fruit growers in the region.




Quarterly Report Jan-Mar 2022

Updates on projects and events.

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Quarterly Report Oct-Dec 2021

Updates on project and events.

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Quarterly Report Jul-Sep 2021

Updates on projects, programs, and apple harvest.

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Quarterly Report Apr-Jun 2021

Updates on projects and events.

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Quarterly Report Jan-Mar 2021

Review of specialists projects and activities during the first quarter of 2021.

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Lake Ontario Fruit Program 2020 Annual Report

Highlights in programming over 2020.

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Quarterly Report Oct-Dec 2020

Updates on project and grower education activities.

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Quarterly Report Jul-Sep 2020

Covers updates through Harvest Activities.

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Quarterly Report Apr-Jun 2020

Updates of continued field & grower education activities through COVID-19

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Quarterly Report Jan - Mar 2020

Updates on projects, meetings, and team news.

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Lake Ontario Fruit Program 2019 Annual Report

Highlights in programming over 2019 include team news, winter meetings for growers and industry members, training and classes for workers and the 2018  fruit farm business summary.

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Quarterly Report Oct - Dec 2019

Updates on projects, meeting, workshops, and classes provided by the Lake Ontario Fruit Program.

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Quarterly Report Jul - Sep 2019

Updates on projects, Summer Fruit Tours & team news of our new team member, IPM Specialist Janet Van Zoeren.  

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Quarterly Report Apr-Jun 2019

Updates on projects, meetings, and team news.

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Quarterly Report Jan-Mar 2019

Updates on Lake Ontario Fruit Program meetings, education events, publications, research projects.

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Lake Ontario Fruit Program 2018 Annual Report

Highlights in programming over 2018 include Summer Fruit Tours in English & Spanish, Hail Netting effects on fruit quality & pest management, and team news.

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Quaterly Report Oct-Dec 2018

Updates on Lake Ontario Fruit Program educational events, & research projects.

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Quarterly Report Jul-Sep 2018

Updates on Lake Ontario Fruit Program educational events, & research projects

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Quarterly Report Apr-Jun 2018

Updates on Lake Ontario Fruit Program educational events, & research projects.

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Quarterly Report Jan-Mar 2018

Updates on Lake Ontario Fruit Program team news, educational events, & research projects.

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Lake Ontario Fruit Program 2017 Annual Report

Highlights in programming over 2017 include Winter Fruit School for Spanish-speaking Farmers and Workers, focus on Brown Marmorated Stink Bug, survey of apple trees for viruses, and mechanical blossom thinning and team news.

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Quarterly Report Oct-Dec 2017

Updates on Lake Ontario Fruit Program educational events & research projects.

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Quarterly Report Jul-Sep 2017

Updates on Lake Ontario Fruit Program educational events & research projects.

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Quarterly Report Apr-Jun 2017

Updates on Lake Ontario Fruit Program educational events & research projects.

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Quarterly Report Jan-Mar 2017

Updates on Lake Ontario Fruit Program educational events, research projects, publications, and business consultations.

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Quarterly Report Jan-Mar 2016

Updates on Lake Ontario Fruit Program education events and research projects.

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Quarterly Report Apr-Jun 2016

Updates on Lake Ontario Fruit Program education events and research projects.

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Quarterly Report Jul-Aug 2016

Updates on Lake Ontario Fruit Program education events and research projects.

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Lake Ontario Fruit Program 2016 Annual Report

Highlights in programming over 2016 include Winter Fruit School for Spanish-speaking Farmers and Workers, focus on black stem borer, stress related problems in apples, harvest platform, and Honeycrisp Quality and team news of CCE-LOF Program's long dedicated Deborah Breth's retirement and the gain of Tess Grasswitz as IPM specialist.

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Lake Ontario Fruit Program 2015 Review

Highlights in programming over 2015 with projects including a Summer Fruit Tour for Spanish-speaking Farmers and Workers, focus on invasive fruit pests, harvest maturity program cooperation with Crunch Time Apple Growers, and new state wide crop estimate efforts.

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2014 Year in Review for CCE-LOF

This is a review of 2014 highlights in programming across many issue for the commercial fruit industry.
Highlights include CCE-LOF response to new pests, deer damage, mechanization of horticultural practices, increasing farm employees' skills, harvest maturity program impacts, list of active grants, and a general program description.

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Quarterly Report Apr-Jun 2013

Updates on Lake Ontario Fruit Program education events and research projects.

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Quarterly Report Jul-Sep 2013

Updates on LOF Program educational event, research projects, and new pest detection through July to September of 2013.

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Quarterly Report Jan-Mar 2013

Review of winter educational opportunities for the fruit industry including the Empire State Producers EXPO, Becker Forum, LOF Winter School, Eastern Apple Precision Orchard Management Summit, Food Safety GAPS, Weed Management, and Pruning Demos.

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Extension Programs Respond To 2012 Seasonal Extrem

The abnormally high temperatures March 12-22, 2012, resulted in accelerated bud development in tree fruit crops. We recorded green tip in McIntosh on March 17-19 across the Lake Ontario Fruit region, initiating the beginning of the growing season 3-4 weeks ahead of normal. Freezing temperatures in the low 20��s on March 27 and 31 resulted in bud damage in apples, pears, peaches, and cherries, as well as apricots and plums in full bloom. The bloom on apples opened in mid-April and freezing low temperatures dipped into the low 20��s the end of April resulting in more blossom loss in apples, peaches, pears, plums, and cherries. There was also a serious drought in June through July, further stressing grower ability to produce quality fruit and keep trees healthy for future seasons. Growers needed guidance on all aspects of crop and business management under the extreme weather conditions (not experienced since 1945).

NY produced 720 million pounds of apples in 2012, down 41% from 2011; 2.7 million pounds of tart cherries, down 54%; 300 tons of sweet cherries, down 57% worth $1.07 million down from $2.11 million; 2,600 tons of peaches, down 62%, worth at $4.02 million, is down 52 percent; and 3,100 tons of pears, down 74% valued at $2.35 million, down 66 percent. The net loss of fruit value in tree fruit and berries in 2012 was $71M.

CCE-LOF took several steps to learn from the experience, promote networking with growers and support systems, helped make decisions on crop production practices essential with a light crop. 

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2012 Year in Review for CCE-LOF

This is a review of 2012 highlights in programming across many issue for the commercial fruit industry.
Highlights include CCE-LOF response to the freeze, the economic picture of the fruit industry, mechanization  of horticultural practices,  weed management, new varieties, and a general program description. 

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Weed Control In New High-Density Apple Orchards

This is a summary of results of weed control project funded by NESARE to measure the impact of weed control on profitability in establishing high density apple orchards. 

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CCE-LOF Responds To 2012 Seasonal Extremes

The abnormally high temperatures March 12-22, 2012, resulted in accelerated bud
development in tree fruit crops. We recorded green tip in McIntosh on March 17-19 across
the Lake Ontario Fruit region, initiating the beginning of the growing season 3-4 weeks
ahead of normal. Freezing temperatures in the low 20’s on March 27 and 31 resulted in
bud damage in apples, pears, peaches, and cherries, as well as apricots and plums in full
bloom. The bloom on apples opened in mid-April and freezing low temperatures dipped
into the low 20’s the end of April resulting in more blossom loss in apples, peaches, pears,
plums, and cherries. There was also a serious drought in June through July, further
stressing grower ability to produce quality fruit and keep trees healthy for future seasons.
Growers needed guidance on all aspects of crop and business management under the
extreme weather conditions (not experienced since 1945).

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Improving Branching in Nursery Trees.

Maxcel, a cytokinin plant growth regulator, is already labeled for several uses on apples, but it is not registered for chemical branching of nursery apple trees in NY or elsewhere in the US. CCE Lake Ontario Fruit Program conducted research to determine the effect of Tiberon and Maxcel on branching of apple nursery trees under NY growing conditions.

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Economic Impact of Mating Disruption

CCE-LOF, funded by NE Center for Risk Management Education, demonstrated the use of mating disruption pheromones for control of codling moth and oriental fruit moth for 3 seasons.  This report is a summary of the results and how this practice impacts on profitability in apple production. 

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Apples

Apples

Apricots

Apricots

Asian Pears

Asian Pears

Blueberries

Blueberries

Cherries

Cherries

Currants

Currants

Gooseberries

Gooseberries

Nectarines

Nectarines

Peaches

Peaches

Pears

Pears

Plums

Plums

Raspberries / Blackberries

Raspberries / Blackberries

Strawberries

Strawberries

Unusual Fruit

Unusual Fruit

more crops

Upcoming Events

2022 Virtual Orchard Meetup webinar series - Orchard Efficiency: Labor and Technology.

June 2, 2022 : Part 1 Labor - Grower Experiences

2022 Virtual Orchard Meetup webinar series. Orchard Efficiency: Labor and Technology.
A four-part webinar series on Orchard Efficiency: Labor and Technology.

Part 1 Labor - Grower Experiences

June 16, 2022 : Part 2 Labor - Specialist Panel

2022 Virtual Orchard Meetup webinar series. Orchard Efficiency: Labor and Technology.
A four-part webinar series on Orchard Efficiency: Labor and Technology.

Part 2 Labor - Specialist Panel

June 30, 2022 : Part 3 Technology - Grower Experiences

2022 Virtual Orchard Meetup webinar series. Orchard Efficiency: Labor and Technology. A four-part webinar series on Orchard Efficiency: Labor and Technology.

Part 3 Technology - Grower Experiences

July 14, 2022 : Part 4 Technology - Specialist Panel

2022 Virtual Orchard Meetup webinar series. Orchard Efficiency: Labor and Technology. A four-part webinar series on Orchard Efficiency: Labor and Technology.

Part 4 Technology - Specialist Panel

2022 SAP Analysis

July 15, 2022

Peel sap sampling/collection ended for Western NY/Finger Lakes regions on July.

LOF Summer Tour 2022

Event Offers DEC Credits

August 9, 2022

Please join us for the 2022 LOF Summer Tour on Tuesday, August 9th! 

Stop 1: Kast Farms, Inc. Hosted by Brett Kast and family. Topics include herbicide trial updates, soil health, fire blight, mating disruption, and comparison of NY1 on G.41 vs. M.9-337 rootstocks. Stop 2: Fish Creek Orchards, LLC. Hosted by Jose Iniguez and Jason Woodworth. Topics include an introduction of the SCRI "Precision Orchard Management for Apple" project, and overviews by 3 companies working with us and growers under this umbrella - Moog, Vivid, and Dropcopter, who are working with Green Atlas for the cartography. Stop 3: Lunch at the Carleton Fire Hall & Rec Center. Lunch will be provided by Frank Penna Catering. Growers and other tree fruit industry folks will have the opportunity to visit with sponsors and likely view several demonstrations of new precision crop load management technology. Stop 4: Orchard Dale Fruit Farm. Hosted by the Brown family and employees. LOF's precision pruning work with our SCRI grant, and crop load management research with Farm Vision and Fruit Scout will be featured. Stop 5: Nesbitt Fruit Farms. Hosted by Shane Nesbitt and family. Topics include bloom thinning results on Honeycrisp with the use of the Pollen Tube Growth model, and grow-through on-farm nursery production. Note: There may be some minor changes to the itinerary.

1.75 NYSDEC Credits will be offered in categories 22, 10, and 1A.


Announcements

Save the Date! - Scroll down for Upcoming Events

2022 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.

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 links to Strawberry Grower Survey & Degradable Mulching Films for Sustainable Agriculture Survey!
A four-part webinar series on Orchard Efficiency: Labor and Technology.

Part 1 (June 2) Labor - Grower Experiences
Part 2 (June 16) Labor - Specialist Panel
Part 3 (June 30) Technology - Grower Experiences
Part 4 (July 14) Technology - Specialist Panel

9 August - LOF Summer Tour, eastern Orleans County - More info here:



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.