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2019 Cornell Fruit In-Depth School Presentations Now Available!

Last Modified: April 23, 2019

In-depth School on
Precision Crop Load Management and Plant Growth Regulator Use in Apples
March 26-27, 2019
DoubleTree Inn
Syracuse NY
We welcome you to the 2019 Cornell In-depth Fruit School on Precision Crop Load Management
PCLM). We envision this school to be both an opportunity to learn concepts of PCLM and the impacts
that managing crop load more precisely has on the bottom line. We also hope this will be an
opportunity to give input to a future federally funded project on precision crop load management of
apple. We invite your input throughout the program but especially at the end of the first day on where
the greatest opportunities lie for research and implementation on farms in the East to increase orchard
income and grower profitability.
Tuesday March 26 Precision Crop Load Management

8:30am 1.Welcome to In-depth School and Objectives -Terence Robinson

8:45am 2. Pruning Studies to Manage Crop Load in Pennsylvania - James Schupp

9:30am 3. Precision Pruning in NY - Terence Robinson

10:15am Coffee Break

10:30am 4. Precision Thinning using the Pollen Tube Growth Model - Greg Peck

11:15am 5. Precision Chemical Thinning in Michigan - Phil Schwalier

12:00pm Lunch

1:15pm 6. Precision Chemical Thinning in NY and updates to the Carbon Balance Model-

Terence Robinson

2:00pm 7. The New phone App for Precision Thinning - Poliana Francescatto and Jon

Clements

2:30pm 8. Precision Pruning and Thinning in Washington - Stefano Musacchi (zoom

presentation)

3:15pm Coffee break

3:30pm 9. Precision hand thinning - Mario Miranda

4:00pm 10. How computer vision can help with crop load management - Chris Layer

(Moog Corporation)

4:45pm 11. Grower's perspective on fruitlet counting and precision crop load management

5:00pm Discussion period with all presenters and input from grower community

5:30pm End of school for the day

6:30pm Dinner for grower participants on their own

Wed March 27 Plant Growth Regulator Uses

8:30am 12. Advances in PGR's for chemical thinning -Terence Robinson and Poliana

Francescatto

9:30am 13. Use of PGR's to induce branching in the nursery and the orchard - Mario

Miranda

10:00am Coffee break

10:15am 14. PGR's to control growth and bitter pit - Terence Robinson and Poliana

Francescatto

11:00am 15. PGR's to manage harvest - Craig Kahlke, Poliana Francescatto,

and Keith Culver

12:00pm Lunch

1:15pm 16. Harvista treatments on quality and storage disorders of Gala and Honeycrisp - Chris Watkins

2:00pm 17. Using PGR's to increase return bloom and fruit set - Terence Robinson

2:30pm 18.Using PGR's to defoliate nursery trees - Poliana Francescatto

3:15pm Break

3:30pm 19. Use of PGR's to reduce russetting, or improve color - Terence Robinson

and Poliana Francescatto

4:15pm Panel discussion of PGR's - Terence, Mario, Poliana, Craig,

Chris and Keith

5:00pm Adjourn



Agenda for In-Depth School 2019 (pdf; 54KB)

Intro to Precision Crop Load Management (pdf; 95KB)
  • article by Terence Robinson


Intro to Precision Crop Load Management (pdf; 4129KB)
  • by Terence Robinson


Pruning to Manage Crop Load in Pennsylvania (pdf; 3538KB)
  • by Jim Schupp, Becky Wiepz, Melanie Schupp & Edwin Winzeler


Precision Pruning to Partially Control Crop Load in Apples (pdf; 18990KB)
  • by Terence Robinson, Poliana Francescatto, & Jaume Lordan


Precision Pruning of Gala Apples (pdf; 1995KB)
  • article by Terence Robinson, Poliana Francescatto, & Jaume Lordan


Precision Pruning to Help Maximize Crop Value (pdf; 2137KB)
  • article by Terence Robinson & Leo Dominguez


Precision Thinning using the Pollen Tube Growth Model (pdf; 2043KB)
  • by Greg Peck


Precision Cropload Management Syracuse NY Fruit School (pdf; 6476KB)
  • by Philip Schwallier


PGR's and Thinning Strategies 2019 (pdf; 3658KB)
  • article by Philip Schwallier & Amy Irish-Brown


Precision Chemical Thinning (pdf; 37100KB)
  • by Terence Robinson, Alan Lakso, Duane Greene, Poliana Francescatto, & Jaume Lordan


Precision Crop Load Management: Part 1 (pdf; 230KB)
  • article by Terence Robinson, Alan Lakso, Duane Greene, & Steve Hoying


Precision Crop Load Management: Part 2 (pdf; 229KB)
  • article by Terence Robinson, Steve Hoying, Mario Miranda Sazo, & Andrea Rufato


Precision Chemical Thinning (pdf; 666KB)
  • article by Terence Robinson, Alan Lakso, Duane Greene, & Steve Hoying


Introducting the Malusim App (pdf; 4346KB)
  • by Poliana Francescatto, Jaume Lordan,


Precision Pruning and Thinning in Washington (pdf; 6868KB)
  • by Stefano Musacchi & Tory Schmidt


Precision Hand Thinning (pdf; 489KB)
  • by Mario Miranda Sazo


Autonomous Orchard Efforts (pdf; 2027KB)
  • by Chris Layer


A Growers Perspective on Crop Load Management (pdf; 4373KB)
  • by Rod Farrow


Advances in PGR's for Chemical Thinning (pdf; 8081KB)
  • by Terence Robinson & Poliana Francescatto


News in Fruit Thinning: Testing New Alternatives to Carbaryl (pdf; 1276KB)
  • by Poliana Francescatto & Terence Robinson


Use of PGRs to Induce Branching in the Nursery (pdf; 12076KB)
  • by Mario Miranda Sazo


ABA for bitter pit control of HC (pdf; 34546KB)
  • by Poliana Francescatto & Terence Robinson


Use of Plant Growth Regulators to Control Growth and Bitter Pit (pdf; 1473KB)
  • Terence Robinson & Poliana Francescatto


Are combinations of ReTain™& Harvista™better than either alone? (pdf; 6106KB)
  • by Craig Kahlke


ReTain Plant Growth Regulator - Harvest Management (pdf; 895KB)
  • by Poliana Francescatto, Jim Wargo, & Gregory Clarke


Harvista™ by AgroFresh An Evolution (pdf; 2949KB)
  • by Keith Culver


Harvista treatment effects on quality and storage disorders of Gala and HC (pdf; 31530KB)
  • by Chris Watkins, Yosef Al Shoffe, Jacqueline Nock, & Yiyi Zhang


Use of AVG (ReTain) to increase fruit set (pdf; 1685KB)
  • by Poliana Francescatto & Terence Robinson


Use of Plant Growth Regulators Improve Return Bloom and Fruit Set (pdf; 26703KB)
  • by Terence Robinson & Poliana Francescatto


Chemical Defoliation of Apple Nursery Trees (pdf; 10640KB)
  • by Poliana Francescatto & Terence Robinson


Improving Fruit Finish (pdf; 2518KB)
  • by Poliana Francescatto & Terence Robinson


Use of Plant Growth Regulators to Control Russet and Improve Color (pdf; 4172KB)
  • by Terence Robinson


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Upcoming Events

2024 Tree Fruit & Small Fruit Twilight Meetings

Event Offers DEC Credits

April 25, 2024 : Tree Fruit & Small Fruit Twilight Meetings 1 of 4
Newark, NY

Join specialists Janet Van Zoeren, Anya Osatuke, and Anna Wallis for a conversation about fruit and berry phenology and pest management, at a new location each month.


Event Offers DEC Credits

May 30, 2024 : Tree Fruit & Small Fruit Twilight Meetings 2 of 4
Lockport, NY

Join specialists Janet Van Zoeren, Anya Osatuke, Robert Hadad, and Anna Wallis for a conversation about fruit and berry phenology, pest management, food safety and water quality, at a new location each month.


Event Offers DEC Credits

June 27, 2024 : Tree Fruit & Small Fruit Twilight Meetings 3 of 4
Penn Yan, NY

Join specialists Janet Van Zoeren, Anya Osatuke, Robert Hadad, and Anna Wallis for a conversation about fruit and berry phenology, pest management, food safety and water quality, at a new location each month.


Event Offers DEC Credits

July 25, 2024 : Tree Fruit & Small Fruit Twilight Meetings 4 of 4
Mexico, NY

Join specialists Janet Van Zoeren, Anya Osatuke, Robert Hadad, and Anna Wallis for a conversation about fruit and berry phenology, pest management, food safety and water quality, at a new location each month.

View 2024 Tree Fruit & Small Fruit Twilight Meetings Details

Apple Social

July 16, 2024 : Orleans County - Apple Social
Medina, NY

Please join us at this casual networking event for all apple industry folks from Western NY, proudly sponsored by Valent. There will just a brief introduction of the Lake Ontario Fruit Program, and from each of the four specialists.


July 31, 2024 : Wayne County - Apple Social
Williamson, NY

Please join us at this casual networking event for all apple industry folks from Western NY, proudly sponsored by Valent. There will just a brief introduction of the Lake Ontario Fruit Program, and from each of the four specialists.

View Apple Social Details

2nd Annual WNY Fruit Grower Tour

Event Offers DEC Credits

August 13, 2024
Medina, NY

We are excited to announce the second annual Western New York Fruit Grower Tour, the premier fruit tour of the northeast brought to you by Cornell Cooperative Extension's Lake Ontario Fruit Program and Lake Ontario Ag Consulting, LLC!  Located in Orleans County, this orchard field day will highlight new and existing products, chemistries, practices, technologies & equipment that shape the orchard industry today. The Western NY Fruit Grower Tour will again combine two past orchard tour events, the LOF Summer Fruit Tour and the Wayne County Fruit Grower Tour, giving industry members the opportunity to conveniently showcase their product offerings to ONE unified group at ONE time and place!

View 2nd Annual WNY Fruit Grower Tour Details

Announcements

Scaffolds podcast

Many of you probably read Art Agnello's statewide tree fruit updates and recommendations newsletter, "Scaffolds". Dr. Monique Rivera is bringing it back, but in a new audio version. Episode one was recorded this week, and is now available for free online at https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/scaffolds


NYS Tree Decline Survey

Your answers could help find the solution to tree decline in the orchard.
NYS Tree Decline Survey


Save the Date! - Scroll down for Upcoming Events

Have you missed a meeting recently? Scroll down for available recordings or pdf links or visits our YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/c/LakeOntarioFruitProgram

2024 Events:

18 Jun - Postponed WNY Bilingual Soil Health & Beneficial Fungi Meeting - Check back for future reschedule date!

20 Jun - 2024 Virtual Orchard Meetup Series 'Water Wisdom" Smart Watering: Practices for Irrigation Management - 7PM, Zoom

25 Jun - Virtual IPM Orchard Scout Training 2 - 1:30 - 3pm, Zoom

27 Jun - Tree Fruit & Small Fruit Twilight Meeting 3_4 - 6:30pm-8:30PM, Penn Yan

27 Jun - 2024 Virtual Orchard Meetup Series 'Water Wisdom" Water Wisdom Unplugged: Panelist Q&A - 7PM, Zoom

29 Jun - NYS Honeyberry Conference - 8:30am - 4:30pm, Mexico, Space is limited, register now!

16 July - Apple Social - 6-9 PM, LynOaken Farm Market & Winery, Medina.

25 Jul - Tree Fruit & Small Fruit Twilight Meeting 4_4 - 6:30pm-8:30PM, Mexico

31 July - Apple Social - 6-9 PM, VanAcker Farms, Williamson.

13 Aug - 2nd Annual WNY Fruit Grower Tour - Orleans County

17 Aug - Annual Hispanic Summer Tour - Orleans County, Details to follow!

Feb 4-5, 2025 - Western NY Fruit Conference - DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Rochester



Food Safety Virtual Office Hours

Cornell Institute of Food Safety "Virtual Office Hours", Tuesdays Noon to 1pm https://cals.cornell.edu/institute-for-food-safety/resources/virtual-office-hours

Past recorded virtual office hours can be found on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZJs5b7KUuvfcquH3ZtQHo5dSmF2m5MdQ


Webinar Recordings & Additional Meeting Materials

Check out the recordings of some recent webinars and/or conference materials from in person events: Recordings and Playlists are available at https://www.youtube.com/c/LakeOntarioFruitProgram

2024 Virtual Orchard Meetup Series - Water Wisdom: 
1/4 - Trends In Water Availability
2/4 - The Role of Water In Tree Fruit Physiology & Quality
3/4 - Smart Watering: Practices for Irrigation Management


2024 8-12 mm Thinning Meeting

2024 Capital Region & Western NY Petal Fall Thinning Meeting

2024 Statewide Pink Meeting

2024 Cornell Statewide Frost Protection Webinar

2024 Winter Fruit Webinars playlist on the NYS IPM Program YouTube Channel

2nd Annual Lake Ontario Fruit Program's Winter Fruit Conference - 2024 pdfs

PACMAN Details and Resources, Meeting Recording Links below:
Developers Conference for Precision Crop Load Management of Apples Playlist - 2024
PACMAN Briefing - 2023








Pollinator Resouces

Now available Pollinator Resource Links


Meeting Recordings Now Available

Did you miss the recent meeting?  Check and see if we recorded it and added it to our website or Lake Ontario Fruit Program YouTube Channel.

Honeycrisp Meetup recordings available here.

Why are my trees growing so poorly? recording available here.

Additional Recorded Webinars listing with recording and resource link are available at
https://lof.cce.cornell.edu/submission.php?id=838&crumb=crops|crops|apples|crop*38



New Publication on Growing Pawpaws

Are you a fan of pawpaws? These custardy fruits can be hard to come across, so this guide provides information on how to grow your own pawpaw from seed, and how to care for grafted seedlings. Pdf on growing now available.​ https://lof.cce.cornell.edu/submission.php?id=799&crumb=crops|crops|unusual_fruit|crop*50

New Weed Management Technology Survey

Want to move away from herbicide reliance? Are you using novel technologies to manage weeds? We want to know about it to inform our weed science research. A team of weed scientists from University of California Davis, Oregon State University, and Cornell University are asking berry, tree fruit, tree nut, and vine crop growers to take 5 to 10 minutes and answer this short and anonymous survey. Weed Technology Survey link: https://cornell.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bEpfAijoP7puQDP

For more information on this survey please visit http://blogs.cornell.edu/swd1/2020/12/02/new-weed-management-technology/


Pollinator Webinar Series - Summer 2020

The Pollinator Webinar Series presented by Penn State cover bee health and pollination services.



Bloom Pesticides for Pollinator Health

A reference table created by Janet van Zoeren and Anna Wallis, is now available at https://lof.cce.cornell.edu/submission.php?id=711&crumb=pests|pests.

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