Lake Ontario Fruit Program Enrollment

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  • Market Development
  • Pest Management
  • Cultural Practices

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Craig Kahlke

Craig Kahlke

Team Leader, Fruit Quality Management

CCE Niagara County
4487 Lake Ave.
Lockport, NY 14094

phone 716-433-8839
cell 585-735-5448
fax 716-438-0275


Areas of Interest
Fruit Quality and factors that affect fruit quality before, during, and after storage,

Craig KahlkeCrops
Blueberries, Raspberries / Blackberries, Strawberries, Apples, Apricots, Cherries, Nectarines, Peaches, Pears, Plums

Craig Kahlke has been an Area Extension Specialist for the CCE-Lake Ontario Fruit Program for the past six years. He specializes in Fruit Quality Management, which expands his interests to include applied research in the myriad of factors that can affect final fruit quality. Craig's primary responsibilities include harvest maturity testing of apples, postharvest storage and technology of tree fruit/berries, along with marketing of fresh produce. Food safety has been a major emphasis of his programming for the past 3 1/2 years. Craig has an M.S. in Plant & Soil Science from Texas A&M University-Kingsville and a B.S. in Biology from SUNY Geneseo. Craig has worked in agriculture-related positions in research and extension for most of the past 18 years.
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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

Cornell Organic Symposium

April 24, 2019
1pm - 5pm
Ithaca, NY

This year the Symposium will have a weed management theme and feature weed ecologist Chuck Mohler as keynote speaker. Similar to last year, the Symposium will include a poster session (with snacks!).
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CleanSweepNY Spring 2019 - NYSDEC Region 9

April 30 - May 2, 2019
Call to Schedule
Multiple Locations, NY

Spring 2019 CleanSweepNY collection event that will target the following counties within NYSDEC's Region 9: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Niagara and Wyoming.

The deadline for registration is Friday, April 12th so please request and send in the completed registration form quickly.

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Announcements

Save the Date!

2019 Events - for details and registration info click on the event of interest:
 
Apr 24 - Cornell Organic Symposium - Ithaca, NY - FREE please register

April - May 2019 - Respirator Fit Testing Clinics - Don't miss your chance to schedule, check by location

Apr 30 - May 2 - CleanSweepNY - Call to schedule appointment by April 12th

Jul 18 - Lake Ontario Fruit Summer Fruit Tour - West of Rochester, all day, free lunch - check back for more information

Jul 21-24 - IFTA Summer Tour - Ontario, Canada - Hamilton & Georgian Bay Area



Unusual Berry Survey

Specialty Fruit Survey: Are you interested in diversifying your farmers market, farm stand, or CSA offerings with specialty fruit crops? Have you ever thought about growing currants, kiwiberries, goji berries, beach plums, or other "unusual" fruits? Tell us about it! We are gauging grower interest in specialty fruit crops. Your input will help guide a project that aims to develop growing recommendations and enterprise budgets for unusual fruit crops in New York. Fill out our online survey by clicking on the following link: https://cornell.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6MerCyXklTm7YlT

Public Hearing on Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices

April 25 - 11am-3pm at SUNY Morrisville - 9 Skyline Dr, Morrisville, NY 13408
Senators Jen Metzger (SD-42) and Jessica Ramos (SD-13) will hold joint hearings in the Catskills/Hudson Valley, Long Island, and in Morrisville to hear public testimony on the Farmworkers Fair Labor Practices Act S2837 - proposed state legislation that would have significant impacts on farm workers and farmers in New York.
Note that you must register ahead of time in order to testify. Those who would like to attend and/or testify at the Morrisville hearings are asked to register at bumpus@nysenate.gov or by calling 315-478-8745.
For more information about testifying, contact Paul Baker and the New York State Horticultural Society (http://nyshs.org/ (315) 787-2404), or John Sorbello and the New York Farm Bureau (District 3 Director, State Board of Directors, https://www.nyfb.org/ (315) 730-2670).


Mario Miranda Sazo Recieves Award at IFTA Meeting

Check out the following article & photos that cover highlights of the annual IFTA meeting such as Mario Miranda Sazo receiving the Outstanding Extension Educator award.

Robots, Rootstocks and Revenue on the Front Burner for Fruit Growers


John Kempf Webinar Recording Available

"Integrated Nutritional Management for Pome Fruit Production with John Kempf" webinar was find link and more details here.


SmartMarketing article "How 'bout Them Apples?"

For full article follow this link https://dyson.cornell.edu/outreach/documents/smart-marketing-2018-09-2.pdf

Article: "Supplemental Coverage Option for Apples"

Supplemental Coverage Option for Apples - Should you add this endorsement to your apple crop insurance policy?

Elizabeth Higgins, Ag Business Management Specialist, ENYCH


For the full article click the link below.

https://lof.cce.cornell.edu/submission.php?id=604




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