Cornell Cooperative Extension - Lake Ontario Fruit Program Summer Tour
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Featuring Wayne County, NY
Please pre-register so we have enough lunches and handouts by Jun 12 on our
Or call Kim Hazel by Monday, Jun 15 at 4:30 pm at 585-798-4265 x 26
Bring your raincoats, umbrellas, sun hats and sunscreen, and a chair if you
don't like to stand.
Join the fruit industry convoy as we visit 5 locations.
Registration begins at Stop 1 at 8:00 AM. The tour runs from 8:30 AM - 4 PM.
Stop 1 Wind Mill Farms, 193 County Line Rd., Ontario, 14519. Wind Mill are
becoming a state of the art operation with several new high density plantings.
Dave Coene and his father Bob have planted new orchards including NY1, Gala,
Fuji, and Honeycrisp in a tall spindle system. At this stop you will see a 10
acre planting of Gala/M.9377, NY1/M.9Nic29, and Fuji/M.9377 planted in 2013 and
2014. They invested in a deer fence in collaboration with several more NY
growers and a consultant. Matt Wells and Dave Coene will discuss costs and how
it has worked for them.
Dr. Terence Robinson will lead the discussion on precision crop load management
of Honeycrisp and the management of NY1. Mario Miranda Sazo will show branch
management results after vigorous feathers of Fuji were bent with pre-cut black
annealed wires on late June 2014.
Stop 2: Ted and Todd Furber of Cherry Lawn Farms will host a stop on 6420 Boyd
Rd, Sodus, NY 14551. Art Agnello, Kerik Cox, and Deborah Breth will present a
progress report for on-going research to control black stem borer in
established apple orchards, and apple nurseries funded by Apple Research and
Development Program and NYFVI. You will hear about the status of black stem
borer trapping network across the region and the state. Todd and Ted Furber
will talk about the orchard wind machine they use for frost/freeze protection
in crops in this orchard and how they think it has benefitted their bottom line.
We will then proceed to Cherry Lawn's new storage facility at 6095 State Rte
14, North Rose, NY 14516 just north of Alton. Todd and Ted Furber will talk
about the decision making process to build their own CA storage.
Lunch will be served (thanks to the sponsors) by Burnap's Farm Market.
Sponsors will have an opportunity to show equipment demonstrations including
platforms, new sprayer technology, and more. Enjoy lunch inside or outside the
modern storage facility. Visit with sponsors, who will have tables inside the
building, and equipment and demos outside.
Also hear Tomas Cabre (NYSAES, Geneva) discuss and demonstrate proper sprayer
calibration and deposition.
Stop 3 Van Acker Farms, 7233 Redman Rd., Williamson, NY 14589.
In May 2009 a rootstock trial with Honeycrisp was established at this stop to
make side by side comparisons of some of the new Cornell Geneva rootstocks. Dr.
Terence Robinson and Mario Miranda Sazo will present a progress report of the
ongoing research on average yield per tree, fruit weight, and efficiency of
these rootstocks for this weak growing variety.
Stop 4 DeFisher Fruit Farms The final stop for the day will be at DeFisher
Fruit Farms and Apple Country Spirits at 3274 Eddy Ridge Rd., Marion, NY 14505.
Bill and Dave DeFisher operate a 4th generation fruit farm, with their primary
focus on processing apples and tart cherries. At this stop we will discuss
grafting or top-working. Bill and Dave have used this technique for many years
to change over varieties that become difficult to market. Last year they
converted an orchard to hard cider varieties to support their new venture in
distilling and hard cider making. In 2012 the DeFisher's opened Apple Country
Spirits in an effort to diversify their business and to utilize their own fruit
in a value added enterprise. After the discussion on top-working we will visit
the state of the art distillery to discuss the "buzz" about hard cider.
Sorry, NO DEC Credits will be issued.
Please pre-register so we have enough lunches at handouts at:
Deborah I. Breth
Cornell Cooperative Extension - Lake Ontario Fruit Program
Team Leader and IPM Specialist in Tree Fruit and Berries
12690 Rt. 31
Albion, NY 14411
phone: 585.798.4265 x 36
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