Fruit Production

This page provides information on production of small fruits(berries), tree fruits (apples, pears, peaches, etc.), and vineyards (grapes) in the Northeast. Information relating to more than one of these categories can be found ingeneral. See also:

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Small Fruits


The New York Berry News

http://www.nysaes.cornell.edu/pp/extension/tfabp/newslett.shtml

New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, Cornell University

The New York Berry News online newsletter is a newsletter that aspires to provide a statewide perspective on the production of berry crops in New York. The newsletter is available online in PDF format.


Beach Plum

http://www.beachplum.cornell.edu/

Cornell University

Beach plum (Prunus maritima) is a fruiting shrub native to coastal dunes of the northeastern United States. Since colonial times, people have collected wild fruit to make preserves and jelly. Interest in commercial production is growing. 15 small-scale production trials have been undertaken in the Northeast to help increase yields and improve growing practices. To receive a registration packet please leave your name, address, and phone number with:

Maureen Beardsley
Department of Horticulture
Cornell University
Phone: (607) 255-3090
E-mail: 

Cornell Fruit Resources: Berries

http://www.fruit.cornell.edu/berry.html

Department of Horticulture, Cornell University

A gateway to information at Cornell University, the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, and related programs.


Greenhouse Raspberry Production Guide

http://www.fruit.cornell.edu/Berries/ghrasp.html

Department of Horticulture, Cornell University

This production guide is intended as a comprehensive resource for both the novice and experienced grower to attain a successful and profitable enterprise of growing fresh, high quality raspberries for the off-season market. Included is information on greenhouse preparation, plant selection, planting, insect and disease control, nutrient and moisture management, harvest, economics, and marketing. A glossary, a list of supplementary materials, and general references are located at the end of the book. Visit the web site to download the entire publication or individual sections. Publication is in PDF format.


Strawberry Production Systems

http://www.hort.cornell.edu/department/faculty/pritts/organic.htm

Marvin Pritts, Department of Horticulture, Cornell University, Joe Kovach, Fruit IPM Program

New York State Agricultural Experiment Station Information about strawberry production.


Organic Small Fruit: Key features of organic berry crop production

http://www.hort.cornell.edu/department/faculty/pritts/organicres.htm

Marvin Pritts, Department of Horticulture, Cornell University

An article about the key features of organic berry crop production.


High Bush Blueberry Production

http://www.nraes.org/nra_order.taf?_function=detail&pr_id=26&_UserReference=E3B47FEB3AB191EF49A944E3

Natural Resource, Agriculture, and Engineering Service, 1992

This book is the first comprehensive resource for blueberry growers and the advisers who assist them. Written by 29 experts from across the country, it covers all aspects of blueberry production including site selection and preparation, plant selection, blueberry growth and development, maintenance, pest management, harvesting, and marketing. Topics that other fruit-production guides rarely address, such as nuisance wildlife management, water management, spray technology, and budgeting, are discussed as well. The guide features 168 full-color photos, 27 tables, 24 figures and charts, and a key to problems. 200 pages. Item NRAES-55. $48 plus S&H. Available from NRAES Horticulture Publications

[http://www.nraes.org/publications/horticulture.html]
Call or write to:
NRAES
Cooperative Extension
P.O. Box 4557
Ithaca, NY 14852-4557
Phone: (607) 255-7654
Fax: (607) 254-8770
E-mail: 

Strawberry Production Guide for the Northeast, Midwest, and Eastern Canada

http://www.nraes.org/publications/nraes88.html

Natural Resource, Agriculture, and Engineering Service, 1998

This is the most comprehensive production guide ever produced for strawberry growers and their advisors. It provides in-depth, up-to-date coverage of every aspect of strawberry culture — from site preparation to harvesting and marketing. The guide focuses on production practices popular in northeastern North America, but it contains pertinent information for anyone involved in growing berries. Topics covered in the guide’s 14 chapters include: the history and biology of the cultivated strawberry; site selection and preparation; plant selection; production systems; temperature regulation; water management; nutrient management; insect, mite, mollusc, and vertebrate scouting and management; disease management and physiological disorders; weed management; spray application technology; harvesting, handling, and transporting fresh fruit; marketing; and budgeting. Supplementing the text are 37 figures, 47 tables, and 115 full-color photographs. The book also features a key to common strawberry pests and problems, a glossary, and a table of useful conversion factors. Budget spreadsheets used in the budgeting chapter are provided on a diskette included with the book at no extra cost. The Strawberry Production Guide was written by 16 experts representing 8 universities. 162 pages. Item NRAES-88. $45 plus S&H. Available from NRAES Horticulture Publications

[http://www.nraes.org/publications/horticulture.html]
Call or write to:
NRAES
Cooperative Extension
P.O. Box 4557
Ithaca, NY 14852-4557
Phone: (607) 255-7654
Fax: (607) 254-8770
E-mail: 

Bramble Production Guide

http://www.nraes.org/publications/nraes35.html

Natural Resource, Agriculture, and Engineering Service, 1989

Bramble fruits, raspberries and blackberries, are highly nutritious and popular in yogurt, juices, jams, and wines. In response to rising interest among growers, this guide provides detailed information about all aspects of bramble production for both potential and established growers. Topics discussed include site selection and preparation, plant selection, pruning and trellising, pest and disease management, spray technology, harvesting and handling, and marketing. The guide contains 15 chapters, 10 pages of color illustrations with over 115 photos, a glossary, a disease diagnostic key, a list of supplementary materials, and an extensive reference list. 189 pages. Item NRAES-35. $45 plus S&H. Available fromNRAES Horticulture Publications

[http://www.nraes.org/publications/horticulture.html]
Call or write to:
NRAES
Cooperative Extension
P.O. Box 4557
Ithaca, NY 14852-4557
Phone: (607) 255-7654
Fax: (607) 254-8770
E-mail: 

Farmers and Their Innovative Cover Cropping Techniques

http://www.uvm.edu/vtvegandberry/Videos/covercropvideo.html

Vern Grubinger, University of Vermont Extension

This video features 10 vegetable and berry farms in 5 northeastern states (MA, NH, NJ, PA, VT) that have experimented with and refined a wide variety of creative cover cropping practices. 70 minutes. $15 including S&H. All orders must be pre-paid by check or money order payable to UVM. Click here

[http://www.uvm.edu/vtvegandberry/Videos/videoorderform.html]

for an order form. Send it with payment to:
Center for Sustainable Agriculture
University of Vermont
63 Carrigan Dr.
Burlington, VT 05405-0004
Phone: (802) 656-5459
E-mail: 


How-to Hoop House Construction Tips

http://www.noble.org/Ag/Horticulture/HoopConstruct/Index.htm

S. Upson, Noble Foundation

A step by step guide for hoop house construction. Each point in this easy-to-read factsheet is illustrated. 4 pages. Item NF-HO-00-01. $0.50 plus $0.37 shipping. To order, visit the web site.


Strawberries: Organic and IPM Options

http://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/strawberry.html

Guy Ames, Holly Born, Martin Guerena, Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas, March 2003

This publication provides an overview of organic strawberry production methods. It also covers integrated pest management and weed control techniques that can reduce pesticide use in conventional strawberry production. Included are discussions of weeds, pests, diseases, greenhouse production, plasticulture, fertility, economics, and marketing, and lists of further resources, both electronic and print.


2008 Pest Management Guidelines for Berry Crops

Every effort has been made to provide correct, complete, and up-to-date pest management information for New York State at the time this publication was released for printing (November, 2007). Changes in pesticide registrations, regulations, and guidelines occurring after publication are available in county Cornell Cooperative Extension offices or from the Pesticide Management Education Program web site (http://pmep.cce.cornell.edu/).

To download the Berry Crops Guide, visit: http://ipmguidelines.org/BerryCrops/. To order a copy, please contact the Pesticide Management Education Program Educational Resources Distribution Center: Phone: (607) 255-7282. Email: .  Cost is $25.00 which includes shipping.


Tree Fruit


Scaffolds Fruit Journal

http://www.nysaes.cornell.edu/ent/scafolds/

New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, Cornell University

Scaffolds Fruit Journal is the weekly update on pest management and crop development. The publication is available online.

Scaffolds Fruit Journal
Editors: A. Agnello, D. Kain
Dept. of Entomology, NYSAES
P.O. Box 462
Geneva, NY 14456-0462
Phone: (315) 787-2341
Fax: (315) 787-2326
E-mail: 

Cornell Fruit Resources: Fruit Trees

http://www.fruit.cornell.edu/fruittre.html

Department of Horticulture, Cornell University

A gateway to information at Cornell University, the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, and related programs.


Harvesting Change: New York Apple Growers Share Their Decision-Making Strategies

NY FarmNet

These are actual stories of apple growers in New York State who have made changes to their businesses in order to address the financial viability of their farm business. Whether or not the decisions these growers made are similar to the decisions you and your family face, you should be able to glean some important life lessons from their situations. Copies of this publication are available by calling NY FarmNet at 1-800-547-3276. The booklet is free to New York State growers and $15 to out-of-state growers.


An Orchard Year: A Calendar for Sustainable Management of Small-Scale Orchards in the Northeast

Center for Sustainable Agriculture, University of Vermont

Written and illustrated by a UVM Plant and Soil Science alumna, this calendar, which can be used for any year, offers pest and disease control techniques, a monthly checklist for maintaining your orchard, and space for monthly notes. $6. To order, contact:

Center for Sustainable Agriculture
63 Carrigan Dr.
Burlington, VT 05405
Phone: (802) 656-5459
E-mail: 

Why Fruit Trees Fail to Bear

http://www.uri.edu/ce/factsheets/sheets/fruittreesfail.html

University of Rhode Island Cooperative Extension

Factsheet on fruit bearing in trees.


Choosing the Right Apple Stock

http://ceinfo.unh.edu/pubs/HGPubs/applroot.pdf

William G. Lord, University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension

Publication is in PDF format


List of Fruit Tree Books

http://www.caf.wvu.edu/kearneysville/BookList.html

West Virginia University

List and descriptions of books on fruit trees.


Vermont Apple Food Safety Checklist

http://orchard.uvm.edu/uvmapple/hort/AppleHortBasics/Readings/FoodSafetyAppleChecklist.html

University of Vermont Extension

Includes checklist and information on keeping apples healthy during pre-harvest, harvest, and post-harvest.


Pennsylvania Tree Fruit Production Guide

http://tfpg.cas.psu.edu/

Penn State University

Cultural information; diseases, pests, and natural enemies; chemical management; chemical management tables; IPM spray programs; harvest and postharvest handling; cider production; maintaining the safety of Pennsylvania apples and apple products; farm management.


Vineyards

 


Cornell Fruit Resources: Grapes

http://www.fruit.cornell.edu/grape/index.html

Department of Horticulture, Cornell University

A gateway to vineyard information at Cornell University, the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, and the following regional grape programs:

  • Lake Erie Regional Grape Program
    http://lenewa.netsync.net/public/lergphom.htm
  • Finger Lakes Grape Program
    http://flg.cce.cornell.edu/
  • Hudson Valley
http://www.hvwga.com/
  • Long Island
  • Northeastern NY

Finger Lakes Vineyard Notes

Monthly publication from Cornell Cooperative Extension Finger Lakes Grape Program. Timothy Martinson
Phone: (315) 536-5134
E-mail: 


The Grapevine

http://winegrape.ag.psu.edu/docs/winegrapeinfo/winegrapeinfo10202008.pdf

Penn State University

Information on growing grapes, making wine, marketing products, and events.


The Grape Grower: A Guide to Organic Viticulture

http://www.chelseagreen.com/2004/items/grapegrower

Lon Rombough

Now for the first time comes a book for grape growers who wish to use organic growing methods to raise healthy, thriving vineyards in the backyard or on a small commercial scale. The Grape Grower distills the broad knowledge and long-time personal experience of Lon Rombough, one of North America’s foremost authorities on viticulture. 304 pages. $35 plus S&H. Visit the web site to order or contact:

Chelsea Green Publishing Co.
Consumer Orders
c/o Resolution, Inc.
P.O. Box 2284
South Burlington, VT 05407
Phone: 1-800-639-4099
 

Vineyard Site Selection Tool

http://arcserver2.iagt.org/vll

Cornell University has developed a site selection tool for growers.  The New York Vineyard Site Evaluation System offers users macroscopic aerial views of the state’s diverse grape-growing regions, as well as the ability to zoom into a parcel of land to assess site-specific factors, such as winter low temperatures, growing season length, soil chemistry and texture, drainage capabilities, and slope of the land.  Access to the tool is free and educational materials and a site tutorial are provided.


New York and Pennsylvania Pest Management Recommendations for Grapes

http://pubs.cas.psu.edu/PubSubject.asp?varSubject=Fruits

Penn State University, 2001

This guide contains information about pesticides and integrated pest control schedules for diseases, insects, and weeds in commercial vineyards of New York and Pennsylvania. Important vineyard insects, diseases, and control measures are described in relation to critical growth stages of grapes. Varieties are rated for their relative susceptibility to diseases and their sensitivity to Karathane, copper, and sulfur. 53 pages. Item AGRS-63. $7.50. Click here for an order form.

[http://pubs.cas.psu.edu/PubOrderForm.pdf]
Send order and payment made payable to The Pennsylvania State University to:
Publications Distribution Center
The Pennsylvania State University
112 Agricultural Administration Bldg.
University Park, PA 16802-2602
Phone: (814) 865-6713
Fax: (814) 863-5560
If using a credit card, call 1-877-345-0691.

Other Grape Pest Management Resource Links:

http://www.ipmcenters.org/cropprofiles/docs/nygrapes-labrusca.html

General

 


Cornell Fruit Resources

http://www.fruit.cornell.edu/

Department of Horticulture, Cornell University A gateway to information at Cornell University, the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, and related programs.


Trac Software

http://nysipm.cornell.edu/trac/default.asp

Record-keeping and reporting software for fruit crops. Trac is an easy-to-use software program for growers to record their yearly spray and fertilizer treatments. From the master spray data sheet, Trac automatically generates the processor report forms, Eurepgap forms, and EPA WPS Central Posting. There are Trac programs for Apples & Pears, Grapes, Berries, and Stone fruits.


Tree Fruit & Berry Pathology

http://www.nysaes.cornell.edu/pp/extension/tfabp/index.html

This web site is intended to provide New York’s tree fruit and berry growers with useful, relevant, and timely commodity information. There is a comprehensive link index and informative disease factsheets.


New York Fruit Quarterly

http://www.nyshs.org/fq.php

This publication is a joint effort of the New York State Horticultural Society, Cornell University�?s New York State Agricultural Experiment Station at Geneva, and the New York State Apple Research and Development Program. The publication is available online in PDF format.


Food Safety Begins on the Farm

http://dspace.library.cornell.edu/bitstream/1813/2209/1/FSBF_Bk_Eng.pdf

Good Agricultural Practices, Cornell University

A book for farmers on food safety tips to practice from planting to post-harvest. Publication is in PDF format. If you would like to request a single copy of the materials, contact Lois at (607) 255-1428 or 


Minor Fruits

http://www.fruit.cornell.edu/mfruit/

Department of Horticulture, Cornell University

Information on under-used trees and shrubs that are good for landscaping as well as fruit, including gooseberries, currants, elderberries, hardy kiwi, beach plum, and more.


Gardening resources, Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

http://www.gardening.cornell.edu

Department of Horticulture, Cornell University

Contains a wealth of information for gardeners. Links on this web site connect you to sites at Cornell University and related organizations.


UMass Fruit Advisor

http://www.umass.edu/fruitadvisor/

University of Massachusetts Extension

Information, guides, and factsheets on fruit.


Small-Scale Fruit Production: A Comprehensive Guide

http://ssfruit.cas.psu.edu/

Penn State University

A resource for people who wish to product fruit on a small scale (on 1 acre or less) and who are not legally licensed to use pesticides. This guide emphasizes the most recently developed production methods that use alternative pest control strategies, such as integrated pest management, to reduce pesticide use. To use such systems, the grower needs to have a complete understanding of fruit planting as an entire system. The printed publication is available for $9 by calling the College of Agricultural Sciences Publication and Distribution Center at (814) 865-6713.


How to Keep Fresh Fruits & Vegetables Longer with Less Spoilage

A Storage Guide from Farm to Table, by Tracy Frisch. 24 pages. $2.75. Send order and payment to:

NOFA-NY Certified Organic, LLC
840 Upper Front St.
Binghamton, NY 13905

Country Folks Grower

http://www.cfgrower.com/

A monthly magazine for Northeast greenhouse, nurseries, fruit and vegetable growers. For subscription information call (518) 673-3237.

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