IFTA tours Western New York
About 200 International Tree Fruit Association members toured Western New York, visiting 14 orchards, a winery, and the New York Horticulture Experiment Station at Geneva.
The Geneva Agricultural Experiment Station has released several new rootstocks that are resistant or immune to fireblight and replant disease. They were star attractions on several test farms.
In a narrow band north of Interstate 90 along Lake Ontario’s south shore from Niagara Falls to the Finger Lakes of New York State, nearly 29,000 acres are devoted to tree fruit production.
The region produces an even mix of fresh and processing apples, plus tart cherries for processing and a smattering of peaches, pears, and sweet cherries.
The International Tree Fruit Association organized about 200 people for a tour of that area July 28-30, visiting 14 orchards, a winery, farm markets, and the several farms that make up the New York Horticulture Experiment Station at Geneva, which sits atop Seneca Lake.
These pictures will give you a feel for the area and the tour. Look in the Good Fruit Grower print edition for other stories.