Lake Ontario Fruit Program Enrollment

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  • Variety Evaluation
  • Market Development
  • Pest Management
  • Cultural Practices

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  • On-Farm Research Trials

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Spring Meeting Resources

May 11, 2020

Spring Meeting Resources

Resources from the 2020 spring meetings in pdf, recorded webinar, and video format will be linked here as they become available. 

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Pruning Honeycrisp for Annual Production Video  - Precision pruning is a strategy to reduce the flower bud number per tree to a pre-defined flower bud number through pruning. This video explains how to manage Honeycrisp flower bud load with an optimum of 1.8 flower buds (left after pruning) relative to final fruit number. Honeycrisp growers should use flower bud counts before and after pruning to precisely leave an optimum number of flower buds to guarantee annual production (and reduce biennial bearing) every year. The video also shows how to dissect and identify a Honeycrisp floral bud from a vegetative bud.  This video focuses on Honeycrisp, however it contains basic pruning techniques that can be applied to all tall spindle orchards.

Spring Pink Meeting Videos held on May 11:  Recording on YouTube is separated into 6 individual videos based on the topics below.  See related slides in pdf file below.


  • Counting flower buds/readjusting bud load via pruning at pink, and blossom thinning considerations - T. Robinson and M. Miranda Sazo (live from a Honeycrisp orchard at VanDeWalle Fruit Farm in Wayne County) 
  • Foliar sprays/ground applications/protocol for Peel SAP analysis of Honeycrisp - L. Cheng and M. Miranda Sazo
  • Early 2020 Season Disease Update - K. Cox
  • Spring insect management priorities - A. Agnello
  • Factors to consider to optimize pollination this spring - J. van Zoeren
  • Questions and answers 

Spring Bloom Meeting Video held on May 21: Recording on YouTube.  See related slides in pdf file below.

  • Dr. Terence Robinson will be providing recommendations for bloom thinning in biennial varieties (plus Gala), with up-to-date information based on assessments of freeze damage across the region. 
  • This meeting is being sponsored by Andrew Dulude at OESCO INC. PO Box 540, 8 Ashfield Road (Rte 116), Conway, Ma. 01341 (413)369-4335 (w), (800)634-5557 (Toll free),

Spring Petal Fall Thinning Recommendations Meeting Part 1 held on May 27.  See related slides in pdf file below.

  • Presentation/Recommendations from Dr. Terence Robinson, Cornell University 
  • Additional Info from Mario Miranda Sazo, CCE-LOF 
  • Q & A
  • This meeting is sponsored by VALENT USA & VALENT BIOSCIENCES

Spring Petal Fall Thinning Recommendations Meeting Part 2 Videos held on May 29. See related slides in pdf files below.

Welcome - Craig Kahlke, Team Leader, Fruit Quality Management, CCE-LOF 

Pest Management/Pollination Updates - Intros by Janet van Zoeren, IPM Specialist, CCE-LOF

  • Insect Update by Art Agnello, Cornell AgriTech 
  • Diseases Updates by Awais Khan and Kerik Cox, Cornell AgriTech 
  • IPM Update by Julie Carroll, Cornell Agritech 
  • Pollination Update by Maria van Dyke, Cornell University 

Labor/Crop/Business Management "COVID-19" Updates - Intros by Mark Wiltberger, CCE-LOF

  • Additional Pest Management Q&A 
  • Labor Update - Paul Baker, Executive Director, New York State Horticultural Society and Mark Wiltberger, CCE-LOF
  • COVID-19 Updates- Important Info for your Farm with the Re-opening (NY Forward) and Beyond by Mark Wiltberger, CCE-LOF 
  • US Crop Update - Matt Wells, US Apple Sales
  • Additional Labor/COVID-19/Crop Update 

Thinning Recommendations & Conclusion

  • Additional Thinning Questions as a Follow up to May 27 Webinar and Recommendations in Fruit Facts- Mario Miranda Sazo 
  • This meeting is sponsored by VALENT USA & VALENT BIOSCIENCES

Spring 10-13mm Thinning Spray Recommendation Meeting held on June 5: A recording of the webinar is avialable on YouTube.  A pdf of the ppt slides from webinar are available below.

  • Thinning Recommendations by Terence Robinson
  • Questions & Answers by Terence Robinson & Mario Miranda Sazo

PDFs linked that contain slides from presentations provided in Spring Meeting Series Webinars below:

  • Table containing minimum temperatures registered for days in April & May as of May 10, 2020.  Hours below the minimum critical temperatures before apples experience cold damage. See pdf below.
  • Slides presented by speakers during the Spring Pink Meeting webinar.
  • Bloom Pesticides for Pollinator Health
  • Slides presented by speakers during the Spring Bloom Meeting webinar.
  • Slides presented by speakers during the Spring Petal Fall Thinning Recommendations Meeting Part 1

Minimum Temperatures registered as of 10 May 2020 (pdf; 151KB)
  • Minimum temperatures registered on April 16-17 & May 5,9,&10

Spring Pink Meeting Powerpoint Slides (pdf; 6958KB)

Spring Bloom Meeting Slides (pdf; 1621KB)

Bloom Pesticides for Pollinator Health (pdf; 588KB)

Spring Petal Fall Thinning Recommendations Meeting Part 1 (pdf; 2503KB)

Spring Petal Fall Thinning Meeting Part 2 - Pollination Update (pdf; 1232KB)
  • by Maria van Dyke

Spring Petal Fall Thinning Meeting Part 2 - Petal Fall Disease Update (pdf; 1645KB)
  • by Kerik Cox

Spring Petal Fall Thinning Meeting Part 2 - Insect Update (pdf; 6092KB)
  • by Art Agnello

Spring Petal Fall Thinning Meeting Part 2 - Apple Disease Research Update (pdf; 1007KB)
  • by Awais Kahn

Spring Petal Fall Thinning Meeting Part 2 - IPM Update (pdf; 679KB)
  • by Juliet Carroll

Spring 10-13mm Thinning Spray Recommends (pdf; 2166KB)

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Upcoming Events

LOF Summer Fruit Series

July 7, 2020 : LOF Summer Fruit Series - Managing Irrigation in Apple Orchards this Season!

Join us for irrigation presentations and Q&A with Mario Miranda Sazo and Dr. Terence Robinson.

July 14, 2020 : Peel SAP Analysis for Early Prediction of Bitter Pit in 'Honeycrisp'

Join us for a review of peel SAP analysis and how it could help in your orchard.  Presentations and Q&A session with Dr. Cheng & Dr. Robinson.

August 16, 2020 : Additional Webinars To Be Announced

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How Should my Business Respond to COIVID-19? A Q & A Zoom Session for Apple Packing Facilities

July 16, 2020

A one-hour, 15 minute  Q&A Zoom session to answer questions about your farm business response to the COVID-19 crisis. How can I reduce risk at my apple packing facility? You can submit questions ahead of time if you wish. Register here:

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High Tech Precision Orchard Spraying

July 20, 2020

Join the Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture Program the afternoon of July 20th to learn what's new in orchard precision spraying technology. We'll be joined by Dr. Jason Deveau, Dr. Heping Zhu, and Steve Booher.  After their presentations, we will open up the meeting for all three presenters to field questions and comments. 

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Save the Date! - Scroll down for Weekly Webinars

2020 Events - for details and registration info click on the event title of interest:

CCE prioritizes the health, safety and well-being of the communities we serve. Given the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, and due to an abundance of caution certain events will be cancelled. Please check back through out the week for any additional event cancellations.

7 Jul - Apple Irrigation Management in 2020 - Noon - 1:15PM registration required for this Zoom Webinar

8 Jul - Controlling Fruit Rots and Other Summer Diseases Webinar 4-5 PM

9 Jul - Listening Session for New York State Apple Producers Changes Proposed for Apple Crop Insurance Program - Noon-1:30pm

14 Jul - Peel SAP Analysis for Early Prediction of Bitter Pit in 'Honeycrisp' - Noon

16 Jul - How Should my Business Respond to COIVID-19? 12-1 PM. A Q & A Zoom Session for the Produce Industry: Apple Packing Facilities: Register now!

20 Jul - High Tech Precision Orchard Spraying 4-5 PM

Lake Ontario Fruit Program Webinar Recordings

Have you recently miss a webinar provided by the Lake Ontario Fruit Program that you wanted to see, or would you like to review the information again?  Then check it out at the Lake Ontario Fruit Program YouTube Channel.  LOF webinars are recorded, processed, and uploaded to the YouTube Channel within 1-2 days following the meeting.  LOF Webinar Recording & Resource Links

Managing Farms During COVID-19 series:

Managing Fruit and Vegetable Farms During COVID-19 recorded on June 24th.

Summer Fruit Series:
Summer Insect Management in Cherry recorded June 29th.

Managing Irrigation in Apple Orchards this Season recorded July 7th

Weekly Webinars

Weekly webinar and/or virtual office hours, due to changing webinar links blogs are linked below for most accurate times and additional webinars please check the following links a few days before the suggested weekly days described below so you don't miss anything.

Weekly Berry Office Hours held on Thursdays at 12:30pm via Zoom or on your phone. Format will be a short, in-depth presentation about a production issue and then Q&A. Join each week, or view recordings that will be posted. 

Morning Brew: Tree Fruit Pest Management Conversations via Zoom held on Mondays at 6am - 7am. Hudson Valley Research Laboratory entomologist, Peter Jentsch, friends and guests invite you to join in discussions on Tree Fruit Pest Management through the season. Important…The meeting link may change every week as needed. Link on the most updated weekly email blog invitation.

Food Industry Office Hours to Answer COVID-19 Questions via Zoom held on Thursdays at 4pm - The Extension Team within the Department of Food Science at Cornell University (Ithaca, NY) and Cornell AgriTech (Geneva, NY) are hosting a weekly Q&A and facilitated discussions during their online Food Industry Virtual Office Hours.  You may submit questions when you register, email them in advance to, or ask them live during the session.

Bloom Pesticides for Pollinator Health

A reference table created by Janet van Zoeren and Anna Wallis, is now available at|pests.

COVID-19 Update from LOF Team & Link to Resources

Cornell Cooperative Extension's Lake Ontario Fruit Program prioritizes the health, safety, and well-being of our staff, constituents, and community members. Given the uncertainty surrounding the rapidly-changing COVID-19 situation, many of our upcoming events have been cancelled or postponed through May.  This includes on-site farm visits and consultations. Our specialists are working from home and will still be available to help you via phone, zoom or email and we will resume our regular programming as soon as we can. Check announcements and Upcoming Events for updated information and upcoming virtual events.  We look forward to helping you manage your farm business during this time and hope that you and your family stay safe and healthy!  

COVID-19 Resources provides links to all COVID-19 information.

H-2A Related Updates

Visas and Travel from Major H-2A Source Countries Jamaica has stopped processing visas until April. One embassy employee tested positive for COVID-19 and is now Read more…
by Richard Stup on March 18, 2020 

Arriving H-2A Workers: Reconciling Isolation and Essential Status
Much confusion exists about the availability for work of H-2A workers who are newly arriving from a foreign country. This post will attempt to clarify Read more…

"How to" Zoom: YouTube Video Link Available

To ensure the health and safety of everyone we are practicing social distancing.  Specialists are still available for consult via phone calls, emails, and Zoom meetings. Zoom  allows for a face to face meeting via a computer/smartphone and includes the option for screen sharing.  For anyone new to this technology Cornell has created a basic YouTube video on How to use Zoom.  

Pollinator Resouces

Now available Pollinator Resource Links

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.