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March 2024

The Basics of Cider Apple Pruning

March 1, 2024 : The Basics of Cider Apple Pruning
1:00pm to 3:00pm
Scrumpy Ewe Cider
West Fulton, NY

Join the ENYCHP at Scrumpy Ewe Cider on March 1st for a cider apple pruning demonstration. We will be joined by Dr. Greg Peck, who will walk us through the basics of pruning apple trees for hard cider production. Some topics we will cover include:

  • Training and pruning low and high vigor varieties to a tall spindle training system
  • Training and pruning low and high vigor varieties to a semi-dwarf central leader system
  • How to prune large, old, seedling trees

 $15 to attend, registration is limited to 22 people. 

Weed Management for Berries in NY

March 6, 2024 : Weed Management for Berries in NY
12:00pm to 1:40pm
Zoom

Join Cornell scientists, Dr. Bryan Brown, Dr. Lynn Sosnoskie, Rutgers University's Dr. Thierry Besançon, CCE Harvest NY's Anya Osatuke, and CCE ENYCHP's Laura McDermott to hear updates on the latest research concerning weed management in berries.

How Profitable will My New Orchard Investment Be? Evaluating Capital Investment Decisions in a Farm Business

March 7, 2024 : Week 2 (March 1 - March 7)
3:00-4:30
Zoom

In week 2 you will:

  • Develop an enterprise budget and use your enterprise budgets and partial budget analysis to evaluate the risk and profitability of potential investments.
  • Use cost-benefit analysis tools that consider the time value of money to help you choose among investment options.
  • Insect and Disease Pest Management for Berries

    March 11, 2024 : Insect and Disease Pest Management for Berries
    12:00pm to 2:00pm
    Zoom

    Join Cornell scientists, Dr. Kerik Cox, Dr. Greg Loeb, PhD Candidate Binita Shrestha, and Anya Osatuke to hear updates on the latest research concerning disease and insect management in berry production, using organic and conventional approaches!

    2024 Agricultural Marketing Webinar Series

    March 11, 2024 : Online Marketing
    12:00-1:00
    Zoom Webinar

    Selling online is a great way to reach buyers outside of your local area.  Find out if it is a good fit for your farm.

    2024 Agritourism Webinar Series

    March 12, 2024 : Staffing your Agritourism Business
    12:00-1:00
    Zoom Webinar

    Agritourism operations need employees who are good with the public.  Where can you find a labor force for your agritourism enterprise? What different laws and regulations might you encounter as an employer for an agritourism workforce? How do you get your employees hired and trained effectively? 

    Grape Pruning Workshop

    March 13, 2024 : Grape Pruning Workshop at the Hudson Valley Research Lab
    12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    Hudson Valley Research Lab
    Highland, NY

    Grape Pruning Workshop

    On March 13th, we will learn how to prune Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir in the research vineyard at the Hudson Valley Research Lab, where vines are trained to a vertical shoot position training system and will be cane pruned.

    My Efficient Vineyard Demonstration - Capital District

    March 14, 2024 : My Efficient Vineyard Demonstration - Capital District
    4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    Washington County Fair Grounds
    Greenwich, NY

    My Efficient Vineyard Demonstration - Capital District

    Join us at the Washington County Fair grounds for an informative demonstration of My Efficient Vineyard. ENYCHP's viticulturist, Jeremy Schuster, will be happy to walk you through the app and show you how it can make your vineyard operations more efficient and effective. This event is free and doesn't require registration. We hope to see you there!

    Stone Fruit: Rootstocks and Disease Management

    Event Offers DEC Credits

    March 19, 2024 : Stone Fruit: Rootstocks and Disease Management
    12:00pm to 1:30pm
    Zoom

    Join us for our annual winter stone fruit webinar on March 19th! This year, we're going to hear from Dr. Greg Lang (Michigan State) and Dr. Ioannis Minas (Colorado State) on their recent findings from the multi-state NC-140 rootstock trials for sweet cherries, tart cherries, and peaches. We will then learn about managing bacterial canker and blossom blast in sweet cherry with Dr. George Sundin (Michigan State)

    Northeast Extension Fruit Consortium Winter Webinar Series

    March 6, 2024
    March 13, 2024
    March 20, 2024
    : Northeast Extension Fruit Consortium Winter Webinar Series
    12:00pm to 1:30pm
    Zoom - different links for each webinar

    My Efficient Vineyard Demonstration - Hudson Valley

    March 21, 2024 : My Efficient Vineyard Demonstration - Hudson Valley
    4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    Hudson Valley Research Lab
    Highland, NY

    My Efficient Vineyard Demonstration - Hudson Valley

    Join us at the Hudson Valley Research Lab for an informative demonstration of My Efficient Vineyard. ENYCHP's viticulturist, Jeremy Schuster, will be happy to walk you through the app and show you how it can make your vineyard operations more efficient and effective. This event is free and doesn't require registration. We hope to see you there!

    2024 Agricultural Marketing Webinar Series

    March 25, 2024 : Value Added Products
    12:00-1:00
    Zoom Webinar

    If you are producing value added products from what you grow or raise on your farm, what do you need to do to market them?  Find out in this webinar.

    My Efficient Vineyard Demonstration - Champlain Valley

    March 28, 2024 : My Efficient Vineyard Demonstration - Champlain Valley
    4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    Clinton County CCE Office
    Plattsburgh, NY

    My Efficient Vineyard Demonstration -  Champlain Valley

    Join us at the Clinton County CCE office for an informative demonstration of My Efficient Vineyard. ENYCHP's viticulturist, Jeremy Schuster, will be happy to walk you through the app and show you how it can make your vineyard operations more efficient and effective. This event is free and doesn't require registration. We hope to see you there!

    Interested in taking the NYSDEC Pesticide Applicator's exam?

    March 27, 2024
    March 29, 2024
    : Interested in taking the NYSDEC Pesticide Applicator's exam?
    10am to 3:30pm

    April 2024

    2024 Agritourism Webinar Series

    April 9, 2024 : Working with your local tourism office
    12:00-1:00
    Zoom Webinar

    Your local tourism office is an important resource for you to help advertise and promote your agritourism business.  Find out what they can do for you!

    Cornell Statewide Frost Protection Webinar

    April 12, 2024 : Cornell Statewide Frost Protection Webinar
    12:00pm to 1:30pm
    Zoom

    Spring started earlier than usual in some parts of New York's fruit production regions, and CCE is taking a proactive approach to get information on frost protection and its science out to NY fruit growers. There have been some advances in frost protection in recent years, along with promising ongoing research. We will be having a Cornell Statewide Frost Protection Webinar with several Cornell scientists and an invited speaker next week. Growers will have plenty of time to ask questions during this very informative webinar as apple trees continue advancing their bud phenology. 

    Virtual Orchard IPM Scout Training

    April 15, 2024 : Virtual Orchard IPM Scout Training
    2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Zoom

    Virtual Orchard IPM Scout Training

    Monday April 15, 2-4PM
     
    Join us for a live, virtual training on scouting of major insect pests of apple orchards. Anna Wallis (NYSIPM Program), Mike Basedow (CCE ENYCHP), and Janet van Zoeren (CCE LOFT), will broadcast from orchards in their region to discuss best practices for monitoring. We will review monitoring/scouting procedures for major economically significant pests. We will also share resources available for helping with identification of pests and forecasting pest activity.

    This event is held on Zoom

    Wine Sensory Evaluation Workshop

    April 26, 2024 : Wine Sensory Evaluation Workshop
    9:00am - 12:00pm
    Miliea Estate Vineyard
    Staatsburg, NY

    In collaboration with Jeremy Schuster, Viticulture Specialist at the ENYCHP, Dr. Anna Katharine Mansfield and Chris Gerling, Enology Extension Specialists with the Cornell Craft Beverage Institute, will be presenting a wine production-focused, interactive workshop on sensory evaluation. 

    May 2024

    What is my vine trying to tell me?

    May 15, 2024 : What is my vine trying to tell me?
    4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
    Clinton County CCE
    Plattsburgh, NY

    What is my vine trying to tell me?

    Are your grapevines showing signs of discoloration or stunted growth? Don't ignore these warning signs! Join us on May 15th at the Clinton County CCE office to learn about the essential nutrients that grapevines require to thrive, identify the symptoms of nutrient deficiencies, and how to fix them. Don't miss out on this opportunity to improve your grapevine cultivation skills! Attendance is free, but registration is required.

    Southern Hudson Valley Thinning Meeting

    May 15, 2024 : Southern Hudson Valley Thinning Meeting
    9:00 am
    Milton, NY

    Southern Hudson Valley Thinning Meeting

    Please join pomologist Win Cowgill (Rutgers professor emeritus) of Win Enterprises and Dan Donahue for a discussion of apple chemical thinning strategies for 2024. As usual, there will be a morning meeting in Ulster County followed by an afternoon meeting in Columbia County.

    Greg Clarke and James Wargo of Valent will join us to discuss the use of a new thinner, Accede, in peaches and apples. Accede has been developed as a "late" thinner in apple (15+ mm), which could be a valuable tool this season.

    Drs. Andres Delgado and Scott Cosseboom of the Hudson Valley Laboratory, and Dr. Anna Wallis of the Cornell IPM Program will be on hand to discuss all things pest management. Liz Higgins, our ENYCHP production economist will be on hand as well.

    As we've done in recent years, Dan and Win will tour Hudson Valley orchards the day before, 14-May, making observations on fruit set and crop load status, which they'll report on at the meetings on 15-May.

    The meeting is intended to be brief, on-point, and interactive. Bring your observations, questions, and opinions!

    Northern Hudson Valley Thinning Meeting

    May 15, 2024 : Northern Hudson Valley Thinning Meeting
    2:30 pm
    Cornell Cooperative Extension - Hudson Office
    Hudson, NY

    Northern Hudson Valley Thinning Meeting

    Please join pomologist Win Cowgill (Rutgers professor emeritus) of Win Enterprises and Dan Donahue for a discussion of apple chemical thinning strategies for 2024. As usual, there will be a morning meeting in Ulster County followed by an afternoon meeting in Columbia County.

     Greg Clarke and James Wargo of Valent will join us to discuss the use of a new thinner, Accede, in peaches and apples. Accede has been developed as a "late" thinner in apple (15+ mm), which could be a valuable tool this season.

    Drs. Andres Delgado and Scott Cosseboom of the Hudson Valley Laboratory, and Dr. Anna Wallis of the Cornell IPM Program will be on hand to discuss all things pest management. Liz Higgins, our ENYCHP production economist will be on hand as well.

     As we've done in recent years, Dan and Win will tour Hudson Valley orchards the day before, 14-May, making observations on fruit set and crop load status, which they'll report on at the meetings on 15-May.

    The meeting is intended to be brief, on-point, and interactive. Bring your observations, questions, and opinions!

    Champlain Valley Virtual Petal Fall Meeting

    May 20, 2024 : Champlain Valley Virtual Petal Fall Meeting - Zoom
    4:00pm-5:00pm
    Zoom

    Mike will review his observations from the field, and we will then hear from Dr. Robinson for his thinning suggestions for the petal fall application window.

    Free to attend, no registration required, simply click on the following zoom link to join: https://cornell.zoom.us/j/96803343516?pwd=akxBSlB5NWRyc0ZVaWxhcXlVVmM1UT09

    Meeting ID: 968 0334 3516

    Passcode: 420188

    How man's best friend can help find Spotted Lanternfly

    May 21, 2024
    3:00 - 4:30 p.m.
    Dutchess County CCE
    Millbrook, NY

    How man's best friend can help find Spotted Lanternfly

    Come and join us at the Dutchess County CCE office on May 21st for a special demonstration by Jennifer Fimbel, the Agriculture and Horticulture Program Leader with Dutchess County CCE. You will get to see her SLF K9 Cole in action as they demonstrate how man's best friend can be used to detect the Spotted Lanternfly. Attendance is free, but registration is required

    What is my vine trying to tell me?

    May 22, 2024 : What is my vine trying to tell me?
    3:00 -5:00 p.m.
    Washington County Fair Grounds
    Greenwich, NY

    What is my vine trying to tell me?

    Are your grapevines showing signs of discoloration or stunted growth? Don't ignore these warning signs! Join us on May 22nd at the Washington County Fair Grounds to learn about the essential nutrients that grapevines require to thrive, identify the symptoms of nutrient deficiencies, and how to fix them. Don't miss out on this opportunity to improve your grapevine cultivation skills! Attendance is free, but registration is required. 

    Capital Region Fruit Set Thinning Meeting

    May 22, 2024 : Capital Region Fruit Set Thinning Meeting
    5:30pm to 7:30pm
    Saratoga 4-H Training Center
    Ballston Spa, NY

    Mike will review his observations from the field, and we will then hear from Dr. Robinson remotely about his thinning suggestions for the 10-12mm thinning window. We will then hear from Dr. Anna Wallis, Dr. Andres Antolinez, and Dr. Scott Cosseboom for pest management updates.  Free to attend, no registration is required. 

    This program is sponsored by Valent

    Champlain Valley Fruit Set Thinning Meeting

    May 28, 2024 : Champlain Valley Fruit Set Thinning Meeting
    3pm - 4pm
    Zoom

    Mike will review his observations from the field, and we will then hear from Dr. Robinson about his thinning suggestions for the 10-12mm thinning window. We will then hear from Dr. Anna Wallis, Dr. Andres Antolinez, and Dr. Scott Cosseboom for pest management updates.  

    To join, simply click on the zoom link at 3PM on Tuesday: https://cornell.zoom.us/j/93411218328?pwd=RUpFNlY3Nm5nS0tkUjdDWEU0cklCdz09

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    Upcoming Events

    Champlain Valley Fruit Set Thinning Meeting

    May 28, 2024 : Champlain Valley Fruit Set Thinning Meeting

    Mike will review his observations from the field, and we will then hear from Dr. Robinson about his thinning suggestions for the 10-12mm thinning window. We will then hear from Dr. Anna Wallis, Dr. Andres Antolinez, and Dr. Scott Cosseboom for pest management updates.  

    To join, simply click on the zoom link at 3PM on Tuesday: https://cornell.zoom.us/j/93411218328?pwd=RUpFNlY3Nm5nS0tkUjdDWEU0cklCdz09

    June Produce Field Meeting

    Event Offers DEC Credits

    June 5, 2024 : June Produce Field Meeting
    Fort Plain, NY

    Come join us for a discussion on greenhouse production, IPM techniques in the greenhouse, and a discussion of IPM strategies for tomatoes, cole crops and cucurbits. 

    Meeting is free and open to the public.

    2 DEC credits in categories 1A and 23 are available. 

    Weed Management in Perennial Fruit Crops - Field Workshop

    Event Offers DEC Credits

    June 20, 2024 : Weed Management in Perennial Fruit Crops - Field Workshop
    Tivoli, NY

    Join us on the morning of June 20th as we hear from Cornell University weed management specialists Dr. Lynn Sosnoskie and Dr. Yu Jiang, who will discuss their recent research on autonomous orchard weeding systems.  

    We will also hear from Mike Basedow of CCE ENYCH and learn about the ongoing results of herbicide research trials he is conducting.  Bryan Brown of NYS IPM will discuss pre-plant preparations and mulches that could be useful for controlling weeds without herbicides.   

    Identifying the differences between weed species and key differences between annuals and perennials that factor into management will also be covered.     

    This workshop is FREE to attend, but we ask that you please register ahead 

    Announcements

    2023 Spotted Wing Drosophila Monitoring/Management

    All berry farmers are watching for monitoring reports that indicate Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) adults are in their region. Mid-season berry crops should be sprayed as soon as berries begin to ripen unless you've elected to use insect exclusion netting.

    - For general information about SWD, and to enroll for free monitoring reports, visit the Cornell SWD blog https://blogs.cornell.edu/swd1/.
    - Click here for the 2023 Quick Guide for Pesticide Management. 
    - For some great instructional videos and fact sheets on insect exclusion netting, visit the University of Vermont's Ag Engineering blog.


    Resources from CCE ENYCHP!

    We are developing new ways to connect with the CCE ENYCHP team this year! We have a Youtube page located at this link. Check out videos on Table Grape Production, Pest Updates and the 20 Minute Ag Manager - in 4 Minutes series

    We have a Facebook Page here as well as an Instagram page. We keep these places updated with current projects, events, and other interesting articles and deadlines.

    There are also text alerts available. Fruit and vegetable farmers in 17 Eastern NY counties can now receive real time alerts on high risk disease and pest outbreaks texted directly to their cell phone. The Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture program, which is supported by local Cornell Cooperative Extension associations, will now offer text alerts to those that enroll in our program in 2019. 

    The text alerts will be reserved for important crop alerts that could impact management decisions immediately. For instance, if there were an outbreak of Late Blight in the area, this would be transmitted to vegetable growers.

    Farmers can choose the crop for which they wish to receive updates. Additionally they can request that Ag Business Alerts be sent to them. These alerts might include due dates for crop insurance deadlines, market opportunities etc.

    If you have questions, please contact enychp@cornell.edu


    Podcasts

    Winter Greens Grower Interviews in Northern New York

    October 22, 2022
    In this episode, vegetable specialist Elisabeth Hodgdon interviews Lindsey Pashow, ag business development and marketing specialist with the Cornell Cooperative Extension Harvest New York team. They discuss findings from a series of interviews with winter greens producers in northern New York. Lindsey shares production and marketing challenges associated with growing winter greens in this cold and rural part of the state, success stories and advice from growers, and tips for those interested in adding new crop enterprises to their operation.

    Funding for this project was provided by the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program. The episode was edited by Miles Todaro of the ENYCHP team.

    Resources:
    • Crop enterprise budget resources available from Penn State Extension (field and tunnel vegetables: https://extension.psu.edu/small-scale-field-grown-and-season-extension-budgets), UMass Extension (winter spinach budgets: https://ag.umass.edu/vegetable/outreach-project/improving-production-yield-of-winter-greens-in-northeast and field vegetables: https://ag.umass.edu/vegetable/fact-sheets/crop-production-budgets), and Cornell Cooperative Extension (high tunnel vegetables: https://blogs.cornell.edu/hightunnels/economics/sample-budgets-spreadsheets/). Use these budgets as templates when developing your own crop enterprise budget.
    • The Organic Farmer’s Business Handbook, by Richard Wiswall
    • The Winter Harvest Handbook, by Eliot Coleman

    For questions about the winter greens project discussed in this podcast, reach out to Lindsey Pashow (lep67@cornell.edu) or Elisabeth Hodgdon(eh528@cornell.edu).

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