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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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 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

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Upcoming Events

Good to Great - Improving Agriculture Labor Management

November 7 - March 6, 2018

A 4-part workshop by USDA - Northeast Extension RMA, The Cornell Farmworker Program, and CCE. 
Your employees are your most valuable resources.

For workshop times and locations click view details.

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Apple Tree Insurance Producer Listening Session

November 28, 2017
8:30am-10:00am
Highland, NY

The purpose of this listening session is to gather information regarding the specific needs and desires of growers in order to assist us in developing a program that will best benefit the apple industry. For those that can not attend in person, an online conference option will be proved.

Click view details for more information.

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2018 Becker Forum: Farm Employment Practices - Planning for the Future

January 15, 2018
8:30 AM registration, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Syracuse, NY

The 2018 Becker Forum will take place on Monday, January 15, one day prior to the opening of the Empire State Producers Expo. The forum will focus on agricultural workforce issues with three general themes: securing a legal agricultural workforce, labor law compliance and H-2A program topics.
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Announcements

European Cherry Fruit Fly Grower Meeting

European Cherry Fruit Fly has been found in Niagara County now what? 
An update for Fruit Growers will be held on Thursday, November 16th, 2017.
For more meeting details:  https://rvpadmin.cce.cornell.edu/uploads/doc_617.pdf
For info on this pest:  https://lof.cce.cornell.edu/submission.php?id=507&crumb=crops|crops|cherries|crop*41

Precision Agriculture Survey

Dear apple industry stakeholder:
Please consider responding to this short online survey on precision agriculture in apple production - it will only take 5 minutes of your time.  https://wsu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_79dbV02yAad7zvL
This survey is part of a USDA grant application to develop new science, tools, and technology that assist apple producers in managing resources to optimize yield and maximize profitability. Our team includes scientists from Idaho, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, and Washington.
Your responses are extremely important to document the need of advancing precision agriculture technologies tailored to the various needs of the U.S. apple industry.
Responding to this survey is voluntary. Should you have any questions, please contact Karina Gallardo,Washington State University, karina_gallardo@wsu.edu.
On behalf of the Pome Precision Agriculture Application (POMapp) team, thanks!

2017 Census of Agriculture Info

For info on 2017 Census of Agriculture click here


Crop Insurance Enrollment Reminder!

Time to buy crop insurance for Apples, Grapes, Peaches, & Tart Cherries. 

Enrollment deadline for the 2018 growing season is November 20, 2017!

Crop insurance helps producers manage risk.  If you suffer losses this year, crop insurance can help you be able to plant next year.  Some fruit growers use Whole Farm Revenue Protection, a new insurance product that allows to you to insure your overall revenue.  Find more crop insurance information at
ag-analytics.org/cropinsurance.

To purchase, contact a crop insurance agent. Find one using the USDA RMA Agent Locator at www.rma.usda.gov/tools/agent.html


NEWA Survey Link

The Network for Environment and Weather Applications (NEWA) wants you to take our online survey it'll only take about 10 minutes of your time.

Take the survey now:
https://cornell.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0GRlhOIDI5HwbR3

Whether you've used NEWA's online pest forecast models for years or have never used NEWA at all, we will benefit from your responses. Why? Because we are building a new website at newa.cornell.edu, one that'll be as easy to use on your smart phone as on your desktop, and we want to build it the way you want it to be.

NEWA is an online agricultural decision support system that uses real time weather data, streamed over the internet from 573 weather stations throughout the Northeast, Midwest and mid-Atlantic. NEWA provides insect and plant disease pest management tools, degree days, and weather information for growers, consultants, Extension educators, faculty, and others.

NEWA models and resources are available free of charge, and are used to make informed localized crop management decisions. The NEWA website will be upgraded soon and we want to know what users', new and old, want and need out of the new website.

All responses are anonymous and confidential and will not be shared with any outside group.

Thank you for participating!

For more information:

Dan Olmstead
315.787.2207
dlo6@cornell.edu

NEWA Coordinator, New York State IPM Program
Cornell University, NYSAES
630 West North Street
Geneva, NY 14456

NEWA is a Partnership of the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program and the Northeast Regional Climate Center.


2017 Champlain and Vermont Young Grower Trip

The 2017 Champlain and Vermont Study trip was a great success and NY growers had again an excellent educational experience. See more by clicking the following link.

https://lof.cce.cornell.edu/submission.php?id=501&crumb=business|business

Mechanical Blossom Thinning Video

Click link for Details.
Mechanical blossom thinning video and story.
https://lof.cce.cornell.edu/submission.php?id=449&crumb=crops|crops|apples|crop*38



Spray Mixing Instructions Considering TRV

Spray Mixing Instructions Considering Tree Row Volume - TRV

Spray Mixing Instructions Considering Tree Row Volume - TRV
Terence Robinson, Poliana Francescatto, Cornell University
Win Cowgill, Professor Emeritus, Rutgers University

Click below for full article:

https://rvpadmin.cce.cornell.edu/uploads/doc_569.pdf

Precision Chemical Thinning in 2017

Precision Chemical Thinning in 2017 for Gala and Honeycrisp

Poliana Francescatto, Craig Kahlke, Mario Miranda Sazo, Terence Robinson

full article pdf. available here: https://lof.cce.cornell.edu/submission.php?id=448&crumb=crops|crops|apples|crop*38

2017 Census of Agriculture

Producers who are new to farming or did not receive a Census of Agriculture in 2012 still have time to sign up to receive the 2017 Census of Agriculture report form by visiting www.agcensus.usda.gov and clicking on the Make Sure You Are Counted' button through June. NASS defines a farm as any place from which $1,000 or more of agricultural products were produced and sold, or normally would have been sold, during the census year (2017).

For more information about the 2017 Census of Agriculture and to see how census data are used, visit www.agcensus.usda.gov or call (800) 727-9540.


"Visual Guide" for March Pruning

A Practical "Visual Guide" for March Pruning of Young and Semi-Young High Density Apple Plantings
Mario Miranda Sazo

The document is a practical and colorful visual guide that shows some important pruning cuts to better grow and train the "money makers" Gala, Honeycrisp, and Fuji trees. The pruning cut decisions are easy to follow and their objectives are simple.  More information and the guide can be found here: https://lof.cce.cornell.edu/submission.php?id=440&crumb=crops|crops|apples|crop*38



2017 LOF Winter Fruit School Presentations

2017 Winter Fruit School presentations that have been approved by the presenters are now available here https://lof.cce.cornell.edu/submission.php?id=425&crumb=crops|crops|apples|crop*38; past LOF Winter Fruit School presentations approved for public distribution can be found under the Apples at the bottom in a list.


Working with a Spanish Speaking Workforce

Please use the link below to watch a YouTube video in which Libby Eiholzer, Bilingual Dairy Specialist of the Northwest New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Team and Mario Sazo, Extension Associate of the Lake Ontario Fruit Program discuss Building Campus County Connections: Working with a Spanish Speaking Workforce.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YkXmboxStE&feature=youtu.be


Apple System Payback Calculator Now Available!

Apple System Payback Calculator
You can down load this spreadsheet to help you calculate the return on investment for an orchard system you are considering to plant or invest in.


New York Apples and Hard Cider Classifieds

A new on-line classifieds has been launched to help apple growers and hard cider producers "connect" and conduct business. This website allows users to post items for sale and items for purchase. The site is not exclusive to growers and hard cider producers selling and buying to each other. The site can also be used for grower to grower business and hard cider producer to hard cider producer business. Click the following link to start the website: www.nyahcclassifieds.com. Click the following to download basic instructions on navigating the site: NYAHC Classifieds Notice


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