Lake Ontario Fruit Program Enrollment

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

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  • Educational Meetings & Conferences
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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. 

For Upcoming Meeting in this series please check https://lof.cce.cornell.edu/event.php?id=1429

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.

Topics/Speakers:

  • 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), adulude@oescoinc.com

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

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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