|George Kantor, CMU, Robert Carlson Lecture|
|Lailiang Cheng summary screen on Honeycrisp bitterpit management|
Tuesday, February 26 - Orchard tour west of Rochester to Orleans County. Six
orchard stops. I will highlight three. Excelsior Farms with Roger Bannister. Multi-leader Pazazz trees that in 4th-leaf produced over 1,000 bushels per acre. Honeycrisp, on same system under-performed at about 600 bushels per acre. Challenges included time spent training and pruning, i.e. getting the multiple leaders uniform. But fruit quality is very high.
|Roger Bannister w/ Cornell's Mario Mirando Sazo, Exclesior Farms, multi-leader Pazazz|
|Jason Woodwoth and Jose Iniguez in super-spindle Gala/B.9 planting. Very nice.|
Oh, and that is Bill Broderick on the left, Sunnycrest Orchard, Sterling, MA.
|Fur-hatted Gennaro Fazio with Cornell-Geneva rootstock planting at Kast Farms|
Wednesday, February 27 - Another day of education inside. Plus a very special event in the evening. First, in the AM "Realizing the Potential." Including the Wallace Heuser Lecture by Nick Dokoozlian of EJ Gallo Winery. You know, what I got out of his talk is that the grape industry, particularly the big wine grape guys, are ahead of us. Way ahead? Maybe not, the big tree fruit growers are adopting new technologies and catching up and trying to match the wine grape industry's obsession with fruit quality and profitability.
|Nick Dokoozlian, E&J Gallo Winery, this screen sums up his talk|
|Bernardita Sallato walked us through a step-by-step nutrition diagnosis, here with soil test optima|
In the PM session "Getting the Right Fruit in the Bin" yours truly talked about "On-Farm Research: Reduce Errors, Get Results" and Cornell's Craig Kahlke (Lake Ontario Fruit Program ) spoke on "The Best Tools for the Job - Measuring Maturity in High Value Apple Varieties." Otherwise, IFTA Business Meeting wherein Lisa Jenereaux (Spurr Brothers Farm LTD, Nova Scotia) and Jeff Cleveringa (Starr Ranch, WA) were elected IFTA Board Chair and Vice-Chair respectively. (You now know where to send complaints!) Plus a "People and Machines to Harvest Apples Panel Discussion" and a nice education sessions wrap-up "Take Home Messages -- Young Professional Panel Discussion" lead by Jen Baugher of Adams County Nursery. Don't forget IFTA is going to Ontario for a Summer Tour (July 21-24, 2019) and the Annual Conference is returning to Grand Rapids, Michigan the week of February 9, 2020.
|Thanks Fruit Growers News for the Tweet!|
|Interesting facts on Titratable Acidity for Honeycrisp, by Cornell's Craig Kalhke|
|Chelcie Martin and Elly Vaughan at IFTA Women's Network Dinner|
|Wafler Farms wall-to-wall super-spindle. I particularly liked the black locust posts |
and low tree height. Think organic...
|Cornell's Terence Robinson talks about variable rate fertilizer application benefits.|
Helena's HyGround soil sampling technology. Think precision orcharding...
|Kyle Wafler, Wafler Farms, talks Tall-Spindle-Tip (aka Wafler System)|
|Ben and Tom Clark at Wafler Farms. The orange cone is attached to |
Wafler''s harvest platform and is where non-perfect fruit ends up
while being harvested.
|Todd and Ted (or is it Ted and Todd?) Furber, Cherrry Lawn Farms, LLC.|
Note the bent-over tree tops where Drape Net was used last growing season.
|Cheers at the Hyatt Downtown Hotel bar after a long 5 days...|
Been a long time since I had a Genny!