Notice of Meeting
CCE NE NY Commercial Fruit Program Thinning Meetings for 2010:
Hart's Orchard, Route 22, Ausable (Peru), NY
2:00 p.m. Thursday, May 20
Please join us in Ausable (Peru) NY at our thinning meeting for
commercial apple producers. Our meeting will primarily focus on
horticulture and thinning issues, but will also touch on disease and
/ or pest management topics appropriate to the timing. Participating
Cornell Researchers will include Steve Hoying, Peter Jentsch, David
Rosenberger, Terence Robinson, and perhaps others as their schedules
We have had quite the Spring to-date: bud break seemingly came eons
ago, and with this longer frost window, we have had multiple close
and then Tuesday's (May 11) more serious freeze encounter. With this
event, we have had quite extensive apple injury at several locations
in Washington and Saratoga Counties, NY, and I believe, lesser damage
to the north or to the south in Albany County. Low temperatures
across the five county region ranged from 18 F to 30 F, with that
lowest temperature taking place in Saratoga county, and the 30 coming
nearer to Quebec.
On May 12, I visited two locations in Peru NY, one a notably colder
location with larger, older McIntosh trees (and others on larger
rootstock, M111 perhaps) and a warmer location with younger Cortland
trees (and others on what are M9 -I believe). The first location had
reported 22F nearby in the same block; the second at 28 - 29.
After looking around a bit, I took a very small sample of clusters -
just to get a quick snapshot of what we might be looking at. While
much more detail will be needed as growers size-up their orchard
situation, here is that preliminary snapshot view of the affect
fruitlets (3-5 mm diameter):
McIntosh Cold Location (22 F or above): 54 Dead 0 Healthy 46 Some Injury
Cortland Warmer Location (28 / 29 F or above): 0 Dead 98 Healthy
3 Some Injury
Obviously, there is still quite a crop out there, as more locations
are likely to at or closer to the second example, and we know that
the trees - which were at a very full bloom by and large - have many
more fruitlets than we want in the end.
The results do underscore however, the need to examine blocks
carefully in preparation for thinning decisions, as rates are going
to need to be adjusted - just the meat of the conversation to be had
with Terence Robinson and Steve Hoying at our thinning meeting. Come
prepared - start looking closely!
Hope to see you there.
Directions: Hart's Orchard:
Directions: Hart's Orchard. From the Northway, take Exit 35 to the
stop at Bear Swamp Road. Turn west following the signs to Peru. In
Peru, at traffic light at the junction of Bear Swamp with Route 22
(Kessville Road) turn south (left) and follow 22 for about two miles
to its intersection with Davern Rd. Hart's Orchard is just past
Davern on the left. The meeting is at the storage.
Thanks to the Hart Family for allowing this meeting to occur at their orchard.
For further information call Kevin Iungerman, CCE Northeastern NY
Area Fruit Program
Kevin Iungerman, Extension Associate
Cornell University Cooperative Extension's Northeast NY Commercial
50 West High Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020
Phone: (518) 885-8995
FAX: (518) 885-9078
website: Coming in 2010.
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