Northeast Extension Fruit Consortium Webinar Series

This webinar series will be held throughout the winter at noon on each of the following dates and is organized by extension fruit specialists in New England and Eastern NY. Sessions on January 25, March 6 and March 20 will be offered with pesticide applicator recertification credits. Have your applicator number ready when you register. Please be advised, those seeking pesticide recertification credits must log in to the session individually so that we can show proof off attendance to the certifying agencies. When logging in, be sure your screen name matches the name on your license.

To register, click on the presentation titles. If you have any questions, contact Renae Moran anytime at

Preregistration is required to attend these webinars.

January 25, 2024: New Options for Chemical Thinning

Dr. John Cline, University of Guelph

“New thinning opportunities with ACC (Accede™) for apple and
peach and Metramitron (Brevis) for apples.”

Apple, peach and nectarine trees usually bear an excessive number of fruit on the tree,
resulting in too many small unmarketable fruit. Removal of fruit by hand in July
each year is necessary to ensure the fruit are of sufficient size and quality at harvest
time. Hand thinning is time consuming, requires a significant amount of labour over a
short period, and is therefore expensive. This session will provide recent research on
two novel compounds called 1-ACC (Accede™) and metamitron (Brevis™) for thinning
and practical applications for incorporating them into a thinning programme.

1 NYS DEC Recertification Credit in categories 1A, 10, and 22

This session is approved for 1 New England pesticide recertification credit.


January 31, 2024: Strawberry Breeding and Cultivar Update

Dr. Beatrice Amyotte, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

This session will provide an overview of recent progress from the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada strawberry breeding program located in Kentville, Nova Scotia, Canada. Recent work in cultivar development and variety trials will be discussed with specific implications for variety selection in the Northeast. New breeding-related research objectives will also be presented, including the application of genetic markers to develop cultivars with improved disease resistance.


February 7, 2024: Use, Efficacy and Cost of Reflective Ground Cover in the Orchard

Dr. Macarena Farcuh, University of Maryland

Kristen DeMarree, Donald DeMarree Fruit Farm Inc. Williamson, NY — We have been tracking the labor costs of using the ground cover for the past three years as we have been trying different ways to improve our efficiency and tracking the improvements in revenue with using ground covers.


March 6, 2024: Mass Trapping for Japanese Beetle Management

Dr. Jaime Piñero, University of Massachusetts, Stockbridge School of Agriculture

Pesticide applicator recertification credits offered


March 13, 2024: How to Effectively Engage with the Press

Dr. Jessica McBride, University of Connecticut

Grower perspective TBD


March 20, 2024: BioControl, Forecast Models and Apple Scab- Finding the Sweet Spot

Dr. Kerik Cox, Ms. Līga Astra Kalniņa

Pesticide applicator recertification credits offered


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