The Empire State Producers EXPO Berry sessions are now being held in a virtual format on January 12th.

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See below for details on the sessions and speakers.

EMPIRE EXPO 2022– Berry Sessions

January 12, 2022

Session I – 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM

Berry Production in Containers – 1.0 NYS DEC credit

9:00 AM            Welcome and Sponsor Information

9:05 AM            Trends in North American greenhouse strawberry production and possible applications for northeastern farms – Neil Mattson, Cornell

9:30 AM            Ongoing work in container production of strawberry and caneberries – Kathy Demchak, Pennsylvania State University

10:00 AM         Our experience growing berries in containers – Mark MacDonald, Bee Tree Berry Farm, Bellafonte, PA                

10:15 AM          Adjourn

Session II – 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Focus on Blueberries – 0.5 NYS DEC credit

11:00 AM           Welcome and Sponsor Information

11:05 AM          Blueberry breeding efforts at USDA – Mark Ehlenfeldt, USDA-ARS, Chatsworth, NJ

11:25 AM          Best approaches to weed management in blueberries – Thierry Bescanon, Rutgers

11:55 PM          Managing pH in blueberry irrigation water pH – Elizabeth Machoff, Empire Drip Supply, Williamson, NYand Laura McDermott, CCE ENYCHP

12:15 PM         New York State Berry Growers Association Annual Meeting – Liz Machoff, President

12:30 PM          Adjourn

Session III – 2:15 PM – 2:20 PM

Berry Crop Sustainability – 0.5 NYS DEC credits

2:15 PM            Welcome and Sponsor Information

2:20 PM            From berries to wine: value-added products for berry growersDave Duda, Duda’s                                      Blues, Machias, NY

2:40 PM            Berry pricing surveyKris Park, Cornell        

3:00 PM            Managing flowering plants, weeds, and pollinators for strawberry production- Heather Grab, Cornell (In Person)

3:20 PM            Adjourn

3:45 PM – 5:00 PM Session IV

Unusual Fruit and Nuts – No DEC credits for this session

3:45 PM            Welcome and Sponsor Information

3:50 PM            Nuts for the NortheastSamantha Bosco, Cornell

4:10 PM            Commercial production of KiwifruitIago Hale, University of New Hampshire

4:30 PM            Introduction to juneberry productionMike Davis, Cornel

4:45 PM            Growing honeyberries in northern NYDuane Smith, Seaway Cold Hardy Grapes, Evans Mills, NY

5:00 PM            Adjourn

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