North Jersey Fruit Meeting 2016

Sponsored by Rutgers Cooperative Extension and the NJ Agricultural Experiment Station

Date: February 24, 2016

Location: County of Hunterdon Complex, 314 State Route 12, Flemington, NJ 08822
Building # 1 “The Chicken Coop” (Blue Silo in front)

Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

8:30 Registration – Coffee and pastry

9:00 Welcome
Win Cowgill, RCE of Hunterdon County and Peter Nitzche, RCE of Morris County

9:05 - Update on Fruit Crop Insurance Options [PDF] [YouTube]
Kelly Steimle, Risk Management Program Assistant, Cooperative Extension of Salem County

9:15 - Jersey Fresh Marketing, WIC & Seniors FMNP Update
William Walker, Division of Markets, NJ Dept. of Agriculture

9:30 - Using Smart Fresh and Harvista for Better Apple Fruit Quality [PDF]
Nancy Brill, Ph.D. – AgroFresh

10:00 - Experiences with SmartFresh at Heller Orchards - Greg Heller
Experiences with SmartFresh at Terhune Orchards - Gary Mount

10:15 - Show and Tell
Industry and Non-Profit

10:35 - Plant Growth Regulators 101 [PDF]
Greg Clark, Ph.D. – Valent U.S.A. Corporation

11:05 - Pruning By the Numbers: Simplified pruning rules for tall spindle apple trees [PDF] [YouTube]
Stubs and Buds! (New thoughts on apple tree pruning and branching with PGR’s) [PDF] [YouTube]
Jim Schupp, Ph.D – Professor of Pomology, Penn State University

11:50 - Show and tell

12:00 - Presentation of the NJ State Horticulture Societies “2016 Outstanding Fruit Grower Award”

12:10 -12:50 Lunch

12:50 - Mid-Season Cover Sprays For Management of Peach Brown Rot at Harvest”
Norm Lalancette – Ph.D. Specialist in Tree Fruit Plant Pathology, Rutgers Cooperative Extension

1:20 - Innovative Approaches to Enable Rapid Production of Horticultural Crops: Breaking the Rootstock Bottleneck [PDF] [YouTube]
Amit Dhingra- Ph.D, Professor at Washington State Univ. and Founder/Chief Science Officer of Phytelligence

2:00 - Tree Fruit Entomology IPM Update [PDF] [YouTube]
Dean Polk – State Wide IPM Agent, Rutgers Cooperative Extension

2:30 - NJ Peach Promotion Council Updates [PDF] [YouTube]
Jerry Frecon – Professor Emeritus – Rutgers Cooperative Extension, and Adams County Nursery

2:40 - What’s new in Peach Varieties? [PDF] [YouTube]
Jerry Frecon

3:10 - Entomology (Borers) Update [PDF] [YouTube]
Anne Neilson – Ph.D. Specialist in Tree Fruit Entomology, Rutgers Cooperative Extension

3:30 - Revisions to the EPA Worker Protection Standard
Patricia Hastings – Pesticide Safety Education Program Coordinator, NJAES

4:00 - NJ and PA pesticide credits awarded for those attending
Questions – Wrap up

4:30 – 6:00 Phytellingence Open House – light refreshments and information on availability and options for rootstocks
and finished trees – “Breaking the Rootstock Bottleneck’ – meet Dr. Dhingra and Tim Obrien