VTFGA Summer Tour

As stated in our May Newsletter, the 1999 VTFGA Summer Orchard Tour will join the Cornell's Northeastern NY Area Fruit Program 1999 Summer Orchard Tour.  Here is the information concerning the meeting that Kevin Iungerman, Cornell Extension Associate, has sent us concerning the meeting. Please note that attendance notices will be handled by him.  His address,  phone number, e-mail and fax number are given at the end of this letter.   

Cornell's Northeastern NY Area Fruit Program 1999 Summer Orchard Tour

Cornell's Northeastern NY Area Fruit Program heartily invites all growers who might be interested in attending our 1999 Summer Orchard Tour. We especially welcome the Vermont Tree Fruit Growers Association who will be joining our Tour this year in lieu of their own. We also look forward to visiting with our Quebec and New York  neighbors too, and welcome other interested visitors.

The 1999 Summer Orchard Tour of Cornell's Northeastern NY Commercial Fruit Program will take place on July 15th in NY's Clinton County. Clinton county embraces the northwest corner of Lake Champlain and is flanked to the south by NY's Adirondack Mountains. Several thousand acres of apples exist about, and between, the communities of Peru and Chazy to the north. McIntosh is the prevalent and premier variety grown.  The harvest, storage, and packout of McIntosh is an annually orchestrated marvel, executed by the locality's handful of wholesale grower-packers.  The fruit is marketed across the eastern US and abroad.

We will be tackling a hefty agenda on the July 15th as there is a lot to see, so be prepared for a full day.  Morning coffee and sign-in will begin at 8:00.  We should wrap-up the last stop by 4:30 - 5:00 p.m.  Cost for the day is $15. (See below).

We will be visiting a selection of on-farm research plots as well as recently replanted orchards.  The research sites have been put in place by several grower cooperators in conjunction with Cornell Research and Extension personnel.  The stops will include:

  • Comparative Chemical, Nutritive and Cover Crop Soil Treatments to Counter
Apple Replant Disease;

  • The Introduction of Predator Mites to Effectively Control European Red Mite;

  • Blossom Thinning for Crop Management;

  • The Vertical Ax Planting System;

In the course of our stops we will see extensive replanting of older orchards to higher density systems, especially the vertical ax system, and one orchard stop has one of the largerplantings of Honey Crisp Apple to be seen in the Northeast.

Cooperating Hosts for the day include the cousins Cortland, Mason, McIntosh, and Peter Forrence representing the various Forrence Orchard's Farms and Packing House; Al Mulberry of Northern Orchard -- all of Peru, NY.  Also, Tre Green of Chazy Orchards in Chazy NY.

Numerous Extension Research Faculty and Personnel will be in Peru for their earlier meeting of Cornell's Statewide Fruit Program Committee's Working Group on July 14th  .  All are expected to be on hand for all or part of the Tour on the 15th. These individuals include Drs. Terence Robinson, Jim Schupp, David Rosenberger, Dick Straub, Art Agnello, Harvey Reissig, and more.  Also staying over will be Extension Fruit workers from the Hudson Valley and the Lake Ontario Fruit Program.

Advance Phone or email registration is necessary to accommodate luncheon and beverage arrangements for the day and bus transport at Chazy.  The cost of $15  (US.) includes a luncheon buffet at the Royal Savage Restaurant in Valcour NY, as well as morning coffee / donuts and the day's beverages. You may pre-pay by mail  by check or arrange to have a check for $15 (US) to Cornell Cooperative Extension.

For further details and to receive directions and the final agenda for the day, please contact me.  Thanks. Kevin Iungerman.

Kevin Iungerman, Extension Associate
Cornell Northeastern NY Area Commercial Fruit Program
Serving the Upper Hudson and Champlain Region
(Albany, Saratoga, Washington, Essex, and Clinton Counties)
50 West High Street, Ballston Spa, NY 12020
Phone 518-885-8995
FAX 518-885-9078
email: kai3@cce.cornell.edu

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