Growing Heirloom Apples and Plum Curculio Control
Join Redbyrd Orchard Cider farmers Eric Shatt and Deva Maas for an orchard tour to learn about their variety selection, siting and starting a new orchard, cider making, and an overview of their pest and disease controls! We will then focus on a promising bio-control for one challenging orchard pest, plum curculio, as Cornell’s Elson Shields, Tony Testa, and Art Agnello discuss how beneficial orchard nematodes works and how you can inoculate, manage, and farm-raise your own nematodes.
Redbyrd Orchard Cider is a family-run sustainably managed orchard and cidery nestled in the rolling hills of the Finger Lakes that grows heirloom, wild seedling, and European cider apples to produce hand-crafted ciders. The Cornell team is looking at how to establish persistent cold-adapted NY nematodes as biological control agents for management of plum curculio in organic orchards.
Registration Instructions: To pre-register and pay, shop online at https://nofa.wufoo.com/forms/zlyc0pf01u0ecf/ or call Stephanie at 585-271-1979 ext. 509 to make payment. Pre-registration is encouraged and closes at 4pm on August 8th (after this, registration will be taken at the event—please arrive 15 minutes early to walk-in register). The fee is $10/person or $15/two or more people per farm.
Sponsors/Funders: This event is supported by NYSDAM-Specialty Crop Block Grant