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?


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.


    Relevant Events

    2018 Worker Protection Standard Training & DEC Special Permit Training (Wayne County)

    April 4, 2018
    8:30 AM - 12:30 PM English Session / 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Spanish Session
    Newark, NY

    2018 Worker Protection Standard Training & DEC Special Permit Training (Orleans County)

    April 5, 2018
    8:30 AM - 12:00 PM English & Spanish sessions
    Albion, NY

    Most Recent Pests Content

    2018 Lake Ontario Winter Fruit Schools

    Last Modified: February 16, 2018

    Presentations from the 2018 Lake Ontario Winter Fruit Schools. 

    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)

    More Pests Content

    2017 CCE LOF Winter Fruit Schools
    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
    » View Complete List of Pests Content
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    Raspberries / Blackberries



    Unusual Fruit

    Unusual Fruit

    more crops
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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

    The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention

    February 21 - February 22, 2018

    Niagara Falls, ON

    The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention is an annual gathering of horticultural crop producers involved in the production of fruits and vegetables.

    view details

    Postponed - Lake Ontario Fruit Team Communications Focus Group

    February 27, 2018
    AM - details TBA
    Hilton, NY

    This event has been postponed - registration will reopen when a new date is set.

    Please join us and share your thoughts on how the Lake Ontario Fruit Team should best communicate with you, the stakeholders!  Technology information overload is upon us - the Lake Ontario Fruit Team wants to use the platforms that best serve you best.  We need your feedback and ideas!

    view details
    view calendar of events


    Upcoming Meetings

    Biological Control of Spotted Wing Drosophila
    Feb 23, 2018 - 12 noon - 1pm - Free online webinar
    Register -

    Water Summit
    Feb 27-28, 2018 - Free - In person registration is full, remote option is still available
    Register -

    Don't Miss Out Register Now 27 Feb Events!

    27 February - FREE Events - 2 great opportunities at one awesome new location, lunch included!
    Don't miss out, pre-register now for both
    free events AM & PM same day same location.
    Postponed - Lake Ontario Fruit Team Communications Focus Group Meeting
    Still On - Cider Tasting and Sensory Education for Apple Growers - register by February 9, 2018!
    Register Now -

    2018 Fruit School Presentations Now Available

    Now available pdfs of some of the materials presented at the 2018 Lake Ontario Winter Fruit Schools.|crops|apples|crop*38

    Soil Health Questionnaire

    Please complete before March 10th, 2018.
    Details, links to online, and pdf questionnaires available at|crops|apples|crop*38

    FSMA PSA Grower Training Courses Register Now

    March 16, 2018
    Federal requirement for most fruit and vegetable growers. Register before March 9:
    Other courses outside of our region:

    2018 Special Permit Training Register Now!

    Special Permit Training 2018:
    Wednesday, April 4 in Wayne Co. (English in morning, Spanish in afternoon):
    Thursday, April 5 in Orleans Co. (concurrent English and Spanish session in morning):

    Don't Miss the CCE-LOF Candidate Interviews

    Register Now for the CCE-LOF Business Management Position candidate interviews.
    Free event, lunch included, register by 28 Feb 2018 at

    Certified Pesticide Applicator Training & Test

    2018 Pre-Exam Training & Test to Become A Certified Pesticide Applicator
    Must Pre-register by February 26
    March 13 - March 19, 2018
    More details here:

    Register Now for Spanish-speaking Fruit Schools

    CCE - LOF Spanish-speaking Fruit Schools
    March 16 (Orleans Co.) & 17 (Wayne Co.), 2018
    Register by March 12 at

    The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention

    More details at

    FSMA 7 Hour Grower Training Course - 16 March 2018

    Save the Date: Friday, March 16, 2018
    Cost & Registration: TBA
    All of you should be aware of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) signed into federal law by President Obama in 2011. I have been writing about it and offering courses for nearly 2 years. If you are not exempt from the Produce Safety Rule, one of the requirements is to take a 7-hour grower training course.
    For more information visit:

    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

    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

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