Cornell Announces 2017 Lake Ontario Fruit Summer Tour

Cornell Announces 2017 Lake Ontario Fruit Summer Tour

Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Lake Ontario Fruit Program will host a summer tour on July 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. There are 1.75 hours of DEC credits, available throughout the day. There is no charge to attend, but pre-registration will be required for accurate lunch counts and handouts. Registration is due by July 5.


Stop 1: Lakeside Orchards, Burt, NY

  • Leopard moth: Trojan horse or resident alien? Tess Grasswitz, Doug Ingersoll
  • Nutrition on high-value apple varieties – Lailiang Cheng, Mario Miranda Sazo, Ken Morse (CPS), Scott and Brad Palmer (both from Reality Research).

Stop 2: Bittner-Singer Orchards, Appleton, NY

  • Establishing a perpendicular V system in peaches and nectarines – Kevin Bittner, Mario Miranda Sazo
  • An organic tall spindle apple orchard – Kevin Bittner, Art Agnello, Kerik Cox
  • Precision irrigation for high-density apples on dwarfing rootstocks – Jaume Lordan

Stop 3 and 4: Zingler Farms, Kendall, NY

  • Precision chemical thinning multiple years – Poliana Francescatto, Mario Miranda Sazo, Jimmy Zingler
  • Lunch 12-1:30 p.m.
  • Equipment demos including intelligent fruit vision technology and others

Stop 5: Burch Farms, Frank & Hale Burch Farms, Hilton, NY

  • Brown marmorated stink bug trap comparison – Art Agnello, Tess Grasswitz, Jim Burch
  • Mechanisms of resistance research in fire blight and scab – Awais Khan

Stop 6:  West Wind Fruit Farm & Blue Barn Cidery, Hilton, NY

  • Fine-tuning the Oxbo mechanical blueberry harvester – Jeremy Wolfe
  • An update on spotted wing drosophila in raspberries and other crops – Greg Loeb
    Peck Lab hard cider research updates – Greg Peck, Craig Kahlke
    Optional hard cider tasting inside the new Blue Barn Cidery  – Jill and Jeremy Wolfe