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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Planting Sites

Planting site information can be located through the following links.




Most Recent Planting Sites Content

What Herbicides control which weeds ?

Deborah Breth, Integrated Pest Management
Lake Ontario Fruit Program

Last Modified: March 29, 2016

This guide is used to identify the most effective herbicides to target specific weeds in tree fruit.  First identify the weed, or weeds, then find those weeds across the top of the spreadsheet.  For each weed, make a list of herbicides that are effective on the label.  Then you will need to double check the label to determine 1) if the tree fruit crop is labeled, 2) if the tree age is appropriate for use,3) what rate is needed for specific weeds and any soil limitations that might impact those rates.  You can go to the Bureau of Pest Management - Information Portal to find the labels to determine specific application requirements including the rates, timing, any adjuvants necessary, and any precautions to ensure crop safety. 

Black Stem Borer Trap Data

Last Modified: January 22, 2016

Black stem borer traps are set all over the state of NY.  See trap data here.

Apple IPM for Beginners

Deborah Breth, Integrated Pest Management
Lake Ontario Fruit Program

Last Modified: September 17, 2015
Apple IPM for Beginners

Pest management can be a complex system in perennial crops such as apples and other tree fruits.  "Apple IPM (Integrated Pest managment) for Beginners" is an excellent guide for new growers who want to grow apples, or want to be more familiar with managing pests in apple plantings.  Even growers who have been farming all their lives may know someone coming into the business that can learn from this guide and improve the quality of apples produced.  This 42-page guide will help new apple growers protect apple orchards from pests, in fact sheet format. This series of fact sheets is available in printed color format, or in .pdfs  at http://www.fruit.cornell.edu/orchard-ipm/index.html   It will help you address the major apple pests, but does not guarantee perfect fruit. These fact sheets and scouting guides are a compromise between the most accurate, complex information researchers have to offer and the amount of information a beginner can take in. Read the first four chapters carefully to start this new venture. Then follow the Scouting Calendar as apple stage of growth advances week-by-week. "Apple IPM for Beginners" was partially funded by Federal Smith Lever Funds. Additional full color printed copies can be ordered from CCE-Lake Ontario Fruit Program.


More Planting Sites Content

The Benefits of Orchard Mechanization for the Tall Spindle Orchard System
The Pros and Cons of an On-Farm Nursery
The Use of Feathered Nursery Trees combined with High Planting Densities
An Important Pruning Reminder
Planning Ahead with MidSummer Grasses
Fall Planting of Apples
more crops
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
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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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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.

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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!

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Announcements

Upcoming Meetings

Biological Control of Spotted Wing Drosophila
Feb 23, 2018 - 12 noon - 1pm - Free online webinar
Register - https://ncsu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_DIM6fWNATK6N-6YKZ2NrCA

Water Summit
Feb 27-28, 2018 - Free - In person registration is full, remote option is still available
Register - https://producesafetyalliance.cornell.edu/water-summit#remote


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 - https://lof.cce.cornell.edu/event.php?id=912


2018 Fruit School Presentations Now Available

Now available pdfs of some of the materials presented at the 2018 Lake Ontario Winter Fruit Schools.
https://lof.cce.cornell.edu/submission.php?id=516&crumb=crops|crops|apples|crop*38

Soil Health Questionnaire

Please complete before March 10th, 2018.
Details, links to online, and pdf questionnaires available at https://lof.cce.cornell.edu/submission.php?id=514&crumb=crops|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: https://lof.cce.cornell.edu/event.php?id=879
Other courses outside of our region: https://producesafetyalliance.cornell.edu/training/grower-training-courses/upcoming-grower-trainings


2018 Special Permit Training Register Now!

Special Permit Training 2018:
Wednesday, April 4 in Wayne Co. (English in morning, Spanish in afternoon): https://lof.cce.cornell.edu/event.php?id=915
Thursday, April 5 in Orleans Co. (concurrent English and Spanish session in morning): https://lof.cce.cornell.edu/event.php?id=916



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 https://lof.cce.cornell.edu/event.php?id=913.

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: https://lof.cce.cornell.edu/event.php?id=896


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 https://lof.cce.cornell.edu/event.php?id=910

The Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Convention

More details at https://lof.cce.cornell.edu/event.php?id=890

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: https://lof.cce.cornell.edu/event.php?id=879

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



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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