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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  • Helpful Diagnostic Tool:
      What's wrong with my crop?


Pests and diseases cause a major financial burden to fruit growers.  Provided below are links and information on management strategies for insects, diseases, and weeds; pest ID and biology; and new crop protectants, biological controls, pesticide regulations and safety. 

What's Wrong with My Crop?

A diagnosis and educational service
available only to our enrollees.


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    2018 Empire State Producers EXPO

    Event Offers DEC Credits

    January 16 - January 18, 2018
    1.25 hr sessions throughout each day
    Syracuse, NY

    Most Recent Pests Content

    European Cherry Fruit Fly

    Last Modified: November 13, 2017

    European Cherry Fruit Fly (Rhagoletis cerasi) a new pest of cherries was recently found in Niagara County, New York.

    Click on View Details for more info.

    NRCC Funding Could be Reduced by 80% - Contact Your Representatives Now!

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

    Last Modified: June 27, 2017

    NRCC Funding Could be Reduced by 80% - Contact Your Representatives Now!
    Art DeGaetano, Cornell University

    The President's budget for FY 2018 drastically cuts funding for a large number of programs. The Northeast Regional Climate Center (NRCC) was not immune from these cuts and in fact faces an 80% reduction in funding. We are making our final push to assure that funds for the NRCC are maintained in the federal FY18 budget. NRCC is a key partner in the Network for Environment and Weather Applications (NEWA;, provided by the New York State IPM Program at Cornell. The NEWA tools are a key part of planning and decision making process when growing many crops, apples being a key for pest and disease models, crop load management, growing degree day models, etc.

    We are requesting that key NRCC stakeholders contact our supporters in the U.S. Congress to illustrate the breadth and value of the data services we provide. For over 30 years it has been through the support of Congress that the Regional Climate Centers have flourished. Please click here to use the attached template|pests
    to get started.

    It seems we may have a friend in Congresswoman Meng, from Queens so having people send a letter to her would be helpful.

    They should also send their letter to their local representative, Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, as well as sending a copy to me (address below).

    Finally hitting people from the Republican districts in the state would also help. I have met with staff from:

    Collins (most of western NY outside of Rochester and Buffalo);
    Faso (Hudson Valley south of Albany and Catskills);
    Stephanik (North Country)

    So having them hear from someone in their district would be great.

    The other republicans are

    Zeldin (eastern end of Long Island)
    King (southwest Suffolk County)
    Donovan (mostly Staten Island)
    Tenney (Oswego to Binghamton)
    Katko (Syracuse west to Rochester)

    2017 CCE LOF Winter Fruit Schools

    Last Modified: February 8, 2017

    Presentations from the 2017 CCE LOF Winter Fruit Schools.

    More Pests Content

    DEC Registered Pesticides for New York
    Update on Special Permit Training 2017
    What Herbicides control which weeds ?
    2016 Lake Ontario Winter Fruit School
    Black Stem Borer Trap Data
    Distinguishing characteristics between European Corn Borer and Codling Moth
    Revisions in EPA WPS comment period open until Dec. 23, 2015
    Apple IPM for Beginners
    Apple IPM
    2015 Winter Fruit School
    Presentations - 2015 Winter Tree Fruit Schools
    Spotted Wing Drosophila
    New fungicides labeled for use in tree fruit - all Special Local Needs Labels
    Plum Pox Virus Update
    Animals in Fruit Crops
    New and Unusual
    New pest detected! Is this the beginning of something bigger?
    » View Complete List of Pests Content
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    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.

    view details

    Apple Tree Insurance Producer Listening Session

    November 28, 2017
    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.

    view details

    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.
    view details
    view calendar of events


    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:
    For info on this pest:|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.
    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,
    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

    To purchase, contact a crop insurance agent. Find one using the USDA RMA Agent Locator at

    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:

    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, 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

    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.|business

    Mechanical Blossom Thinning Video

    Click link for Details.
    Mechanical blossom thinning video and story.|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:

    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:|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 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 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:|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|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.

    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

    Lake Ontario Fruit Program - Cornell Cooperative Extension
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