Modern Stone Fruit Training Systems Webinar
March 16, 2021
Registration : $20.00
(addl attendee $20.00 ea.)
HostEastern New York Commercial Horticulture
While yields of stone fruits planted to traditional orchard systems have been lagging behind our modern apple plantings in the northeast, research is actively being conducted to utilize improved rootstocks and modern, narrow training systems to increase productivity and reduce labor costs in peach and cherry systems.
In this webinar, we will be joined by Dr. Jim Schupp, Dr. Greg Lang, and Dr. Terence Robinson, as they review modern strategies for growing peaches and cherries in the northeast.
11:00am: Welcome and Introductions - Mike Basedow - Cornell ENYCHP
11:05 - 11:40: Future Directions for Peach Training Systems - Dr. Jim Schupp - Penn State's Fruit Research and Extension Center
Peaches are a labor-intensive crop, but peach yields per acre lag those of other fruit crops. Gains in orchard productivity and production efficiency are needed if peaches are to remain an important part of a fruit grower's portfolio. Intensive peach systems warrant our attention, as we search for more labor efficient methods of growing fruit, and for systems that can readily adapt to mechanization and automation. This presentation provides an update on two recent studies to evaluate tree density and rootstocks in high density peach systems.
11:40 - 12:15: The Evolution of Sweet Cherry Production Systems - Dr. Greg Lang - Michigan State University
Sweet cherry canopy architectures and training systems for fresh market production have evolved over the past two decades, accelerated by the advent of vigor-controlling and precocity-inducing rootstocks. Training systems are dynamic and continuously evolving, as every grower and orchard site is different, with inherent traits that lead to subtle modifications of initial ideas and training concepts that can significantly affect their ultimate degree of success. It is important for growers to understand their orchard vigor factors, target markets, the fundamental aspects of sweet cherry growth and fruiting, and how the techniques used in different training systems affect those fundamentals.
12:15 - 12:50: New Rootstocks and Training Systems for Peaches and Cherries, Plums and Apricots in the Northeast - Dr. Terence Robinson - Cornell University
Dr. Robinson will discuss improved rootstocks for peach that can be combined with closer tree spacings to achieve greater productivity in northeast orchards. On the cherry side he will also discuss new rootstocks and how they can be combined with closer spacings, and will provide management recommendations to achieve early and sustained production.
12:50 - 1:10: Grower Comments, Q & A, Final Wrap-Up
ENY Late Summer Orchard Field Meeting
August 16, 2022
Join us for a late-summer field meeting. Cornell researchers and extension specialists will give talks on management tasks to be mindful of late in the season as we head into harvest. We will then walk through the orchard to look for some of the issues discussed, and further discuss their management strategies in the field. We will then discuss how the crop is shaping up around the greater ENY region, and will allow ample time for you to share your thoughts on this year's crop, and to answer any other questions you may have.
Costa Rica Agritourism and Cultural Study Tour
December 3 - December 11, 2022
Costa Rica Agritourism and Cultural Study Tour hosted by Laura McDermott, and organized by Explorations by Thor, a well-respected international travel company that specializes in agricultural tours will embark December 3 - 11, 2022. Don't miss this opportunity to travel, learn and relax with other farmers. It will be a blast!
This one-of-a-kind guided excursion is an educational and entertaining way to visit another country while networking with fellow berry production and Agri-tourism professionals. The tour allows attendees the convenience of a completed itinerary including hotels, most meals and in-country transportation. Guests will visit a wide variety of Costa Rican agriculture and while still having time for cultural highlights.