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Introducing the Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program
The new Cornell Cooperative Extension, Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program began operation on January 2, 2013. This web site is the temporary home of fruit-related information from the new Program which is currently developing a comprehensive site to provide access to cutting edge information on fruit and vegetable production. Thank you for your patience while we develop the new site. Click here to learn more about this exciting program!

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Audio-Enhanced PowerPoint Presentations
The ability to find and  recall information presented at meetings is limited. How could we capture the critical parts of presentations (slides plus speakers explanations) and make them easy to find and readily available to growers when they need them?  Through a grant from NE IPM, we have begun taking Fruit Growers’ School presentations and combining the PowerPoint slides with audio recording of the speakers made at the meetings.  You can get view some Audio-enhanced PowerPoints from several events by visiting the Tree Fruit Resources page.  From there, look at Production or Pest Management sections.  If you still have trouble, here is a link to an example – The presentation of Dr. Tracy Leskey on Brown Marmorated Stinkbug.

Audio-enhanced PowerPoint presentations from the 2013 Fruit Growers School will be created and put on the website over the next month.   In the meantime, help us evaluate the usefullness of this technology by completing a short questionaire.

BMSB IPhoneTracking Invasives Using Your iPhone - The BMSB Citizen Science project: ...Click Here to learn Help us document the distribution of this invasive pest in New York.

Brown Marmorated Stinkbug Project: The ENY-Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Project was begun in 2010 to address the potential impact this invasive species could have on commercial agricultural commodities as well as the nusiance apect of this pest around human structures. The Hudson Valley Region, along with Metropolitan NY and Long Island may currently be the leading edge of the population expansion. Click Here to learn more about this pest and Cornell's efforts to deal with its impacts.

Choosing the Right Rootstock for the New Cornell Apple Varieties: The success of a new variety depends on the ability of the grower to choose the optimal rootstock for their particular soil, climate, orchard system and tree spacing. Click here to learn about the current recommendations on rootstocks for the new Cornell varieties "NY1" and "NY2".

2013 Pest Management Guideline Manuals: Copies of 2013 Tree Fruit, Small Fruit and Grape Manuals are available at your local Extension office, or can be purchased at that time by calling 607-255-7282 or . Click here to link to on-line versions of the Pest Management Guidelines (please check guideline dates as on-line versions are not all updated at the same time).

A Grower's Guide To Organic Apples: Reliable science-based information for commercial organic tree fruit production in cool humid regions such as the Northeastern United States has been difficult to find. This Cornell guide compiles information from university research trials, making available the essential elements for organic apple production. Click here to link to the on-line version.

Production Guide For Organic Grapes: This guide for organic grape production is an outline of cultural and pest management practices and includes topics that have an impact on improving plant health and reducing pest problems. More research on growing perennial crops organically is needed, especially in the area of pest management. This guide attempts to compile the most current information available, but acknowledges that effective means of organic control are not available for many pests. Click here to link to the on-line version.

NY Vineyard Site Evaluation System:  As the grape and wine industry in New York has grown, there is a need to make wise decisions about sites for vineyards. The high investment required and the longevity of vineyards makes good decisions at the beginning critical. The goal of this project is to provide a wealth of information needed to understand New York’s varied geography and climates, and to provide key data for sites for potential grape planting. Click here to link to the on-line vineyard evaluation system.

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