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?


NewslettersArchived Fruit Notes, Fruit Faxes, and Harvest Maturity Reports are available for referencing.  Roughly 22 issues of fruit notes are published a year providing information relevant to the timing of fruit farming operations and upcoming events.   Fruit Fax provides time sensitive pest & horticultural reminders of disease infections, control timing for insects, and timing models for thinning & irrigation needs.  Harvest Maturity Reports provide fruit ripening indicators for over 20 apple varieties and helps to schedule harvest of specific varieties for best quality.

Archived Fruit Notes

December 9, 2014 (PDF; 1583KB)

November 13, 2014 (PDF; 1651KB)

October 15, 2014 (PDF; 1615KB)

August 20, 2014 (PDF; 1666KB)

August 7, 2014 (PDF; 1272KB)

July 23, 2014 (PDF; 1810KB)

July 10, 2014 (PDF; 1355KB)

June 26, 2014 (PDF; 1696KB)

June 12, 2014 (PDF; 1701KB)

May 29, 2014 (PDF; 1620KB)

May 22, 2014 (PDF; 1573KB)

May 14, 2014 (PDF; 1291KB)

May 8, 2014 (PDF; 1629KB)

April 30, 2014 (PDF; 1814KB)

April 23, 2014 (PDF; 1363KB)

April 16, 2014 (PDF; 1625KB)

April 10, 2014 (PDF; 1732KB)

April 2, 2014 (PDF; 1571KB)

March 25, 2014 (PDF; 1607KB)

March 12, 2014 (PDF; 1737KB)

February 14, 2014 (PDF; 1259KB)

January 29, 2014 (PDF; 1388KB)

January 3, 2014 (PDF; 1584KB)

December 12, 2013 (PDF; 1696KB)

September 7, 2013 (PDF; 1694KB)

September 5, 2013 (PDF; 1216KB)

August 14, 2013 (PDF; 1213KB)

July 31, 2013 (PDF; 1190KB)

July 10, 2013 (PDF; 1727KB)

June 26, 2013 (PDF; 1350KB)

June 12, 2013 (PDF; 1681KB)

May 30, 2013 (PDF; 1496KB)

May 22, 2013 (PDF; 1272KB)

May 15, 2013 (PDF; 1706KB)

May 8, 2013 (PDF; 388KB)

April 30, 2013 (PDF; 1241KB)

April 24, 2013 (PDF; 1606KB)

April 17, 2013 (PDF; 1158KB)

April 11, 2013 (PDF; 2176KB)

April 5, 2013 (PDF; 1658KB)

March 27, 2013 (PDF; 1778KB)

March 13, 2013 (PDF; 1625KB)

February 12, 2013 (PDF; 2450KB)

January 10, 2013 (PDF; 1530KB)

Archived Fruit Fax

September 5, 2013 (PDF; 483KB)

August 22, 2013 (PDF; 484KB)

August 13, 2013 (PDF; 486KB)

August 6, 2013 (PDF; 481KB)

July 30, 2013 (PDF; 367KB)

July 25, 2013 (PDF; 486KB)

July 23, 2013 (PDF; 368KB)

July 17, 2013 (PDF; 368KB)

July 9, 2013 (PDF; 368KB)

July 2, 2013 (PDF; 355KB)

June 25, 2013 (PDF; 365KB)

June 18, 2013 (PDF; 478KB)

June 11, 2013 (PDF; 364KB)

June 7, 2013 (PDF; 370KB)

June 4, 2013 (PDF; 368KB)

May 31, 2013 (PDF; 365KB)

May 29, 2013 (PDF; 355KB)

May 28, 2013 (PDF; 365KB)

May 24, 2013 (PDF; 362KB)

May 22, 2013 (PDF; 348KB)

May 21, 2013 (PDF; 365KB)

May 17, 2013 (PDF; 363KB)

May 14, 2013 (PDF; 361KB)

May 10, 2013 (PDF; 363KB)

May 9, 2013 (PDF; 343KB)

May 7, 2013 (PDF; 375KB)

May 3, 2013 (PDF; 473KB)

April 30, 2013 (PDF; 361KB)

April 29, 2013 (PDF; 352KB)

April 26, 2013 (PDF; 365KB)

April 23, 2013 (PDF; 367KB)

April 19, 2013 (PDF; 377KB)

April 17, 2013 (PDF; 472KB)

April 16, 2013 (PDF; 485KB)

April 15, 2013 (PDF; 226KB)

April 12, 2013 (PDF; 343KB)

April 9, 2013 (PDF; 355KB)

April 2, 2013 (PDF; 406KB)

Archived Harvest Maturity Report

September 23, 2013 (PDF; 286KB)

September 16, 2013 (PDF; 328KB)

September 9, 2013 (PDF; 340KB)

September 5, 2013 (PDF; 291KB)

September 3, 2013 (PDF; 219KB)

September 2, 2013 (PDF; 344KB)

August 28, 2013 (PDF; 260KB)

August 25, 2013 (PDF; 345KB)

August 21, 2013 (PDF; 259KB)

August 18, 2013 (PDF; 310KB)

August 14, 2013 (PDF; 498KB)

August 11, 2013 (PDF; 290KB)

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Upcoming Events

Tasting analysis of Honeycrisp

March 30, 2017 : Tasting analysis of Honeycrisp - Eastern NY & Niagara/Orleans County Samples

March 31, 2017 : Tasting analysis of Honeycrisp - Wayne County Samples

March 30, 2017 (Eastern NY and Niagara/Orleans county samples)
March 31, 2017 (Wayne county samples)
Tasting starts at 10:00am - approximately 2 pm or earlier
Please pre-register for this free event.

As many of you may know, We've been working on a statewide precision harvest management experiment, a 2 year funded USDA Specialty Crops Block Grant and New York Farm Viability Grant, "Measuring and Extending the Benefits of More Accurate Honeycrisp Harvest Predictions". This project is a continuation of Terence Robinson's precision harvest management work with some modifications. It focuses on Honeycrisp within the 3 main production regions of the state, in which many of you were involved.

The main goal of this experiment is to develop guidelines for precision harvest management by determining if Honeycrisp orchards can be evaluated at harvest for storage potential using fruit dry matter content, fruit mineral (peel and flesh) content, the DA meter, and piecing together complex block histories and cultural practices.

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Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course + Optional Food Safety Plan Writing Workshop

April 5 - April 6, 2017
April 5: 8am-5pm; April 6: TBA
Batavia, NY

Fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety. The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in 112.22(c) that requires 'At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.'
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Worker Protection Standard Training & DEC Special Permit Training Class

April 4, 2017 : Wayne County Worker Protection Standard Training & DEC Special Permit Training Class

April 5, 2017 : Orleans County Worker Protection Standard Training & DEC Special Permit Training Class

Worker Protection Standard Training & DEC Special Permit Training Class for Non-Certified Applicators and Handlers of Federally Restricted-Use Pesticides.

Pre-Registration is Required by March 31, 2017.

Certified Supervisors are required to attend the first 30 minutes of training!

New York DEC notes that the Special Permit process is intended for farm workers with English language skills that are not adequate to pass the DEC private applicators exam.  All others are encouraged to apply for their private applicators license via taking the certification exam.

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.

Please click on details for more information and registration form.

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Special Permit Training for 2017!

Special Permit Training for 2017 will be April 4th in Wayne Co. & April 5th in Orleans Co.
For more information & registration form click here.
Pre-Registration is Required by March 31, 2017.

2017 LOF Winter Fruit School Presentations

2017 Winter Fruit School presentations that have been approved by the presenters are now available here|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.

NEW! Pesticide Product Search Online.

The Cornell University hosted Product, Ingredient, and Manufacturer System (PIMS) is being replaced by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) Bureau of Pest Management - Information Portal's new pesticide product registration.

New search features are available and updates to the product data and labeling will be reflected instantaneously.

2017 Cornell Guidelines Available!

Now Available:
2017 Cornell Pest Management Guidelines for Commercial Tree Fruit Production
2017 Cornell Pest Management Guidelines for Berry Crops

These updated guidelines provide current tree fruit or berry crop production information for New York State. They provide valuable timings and recommendations for producers or consultants or anyone involved in the commercial production of tree fruit or berry crops.

Pricing:        Online       Print                     Both online version & print
Tree Fruit       $41          $41 + shipping      $57.50 + shipping
Berry             $31          $31 + shipping      $43.50 + shipping

Cornell Guidelines can be purchased through your local Cornell Cooperative Extension office or from the Cornell Store at Cornell University. To order from the Cornell Store, call (844) 688-7620 or order online.

2016 Apple Crop Survey Results

The 2016 Apple Crop Survey Results are now available.  Click here for results.

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: Click the following to download basic instructions on navigating the site: NYAHC Classifieds Notice

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