Tree Fruit Program
This program is coordinated by Michael Fargione.
Educational efforts focus on integrating fruit production and management.
Topics covered include:
(apples, pears, and stone fruit)
- Insect, disease and weed management
- Application of crop protectants
- Planting systems
- Tree pruning and training
- Plant nutrition and soil management
- Tree growth and crop load management
- Variety selection
- Apple and pear maturity evaluations
- Harvest and storage recommendations
- Wildlife damage mitigation
Hudson Valley Tree Fruit Newsletter
The newsletter is free to members of the HVRFP. Back issues can be found
on the Newsletter page.
Timely alert messages are provided by calling (845) 691-7173, or HVRFP
members can receive them as direct e-mail messages. Alerts cover tree
fruit pest and disease management, cultural practices and related news.
Members can contact M. Fargione to
be placed on the e-mail message list.
Tree Fruit Maturity Reports
Weekly fax or e-mail reports during the fall provide evaluations of apple
and pear maturity, harvest and storage recommendations. Available to HVRFP
members only. Members can contact M.
Fargione to receive these reports. Click here
for details on the Maturity Program.
Hudson Valley Scouting Report - Insect Trap Data
& Degree Day ModelingScouting Reports
Tree Fruit site specific locations with degree day predictions and insect
trap data include at this time: Highland, NY. This program is coordinated
by Peter Jentsch, Extension Associate
of Entomology for Cornell's Hudson Valley Laboratory. Click
here for Scouting Reports
Commercial Fruit Grower's School
A 2-day educational meeting and mini-trade show held each year in February. Diverse topics on tree fruit production and marketing issues are covered with major emphasis on apple production
Stone Fruit School
An educational workshop held in March to provide information on peach, nectarine, plum, cherry and apricot production.
Post Bloom-Thinning Meetings
On-site grower meetings held in commercial orchards during early May to review current season pest management and crop load conditions.
Winter and summer field workshops where proper pruning and training techniques
A workshop is held each August to update growers on current season harvest
conditions and the latest postharvest storage recommendations. Workshop
locations alternate annually between Ithaca, NY and the Hudson Valley.
The 2003 meeting will be held in Ithaca.
See the Resources page of this web site.