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