FRUIT

In 2006, NYFVI worked with the NYS Berry Growers Association, NY Horticultural Society, and the Juice grape industry to learn more about their needs. Our hope is to update this work in the next few years.

Berries
Listed below are opportunities and barriers that were identified by farmer groups. This summary list includes high-priority items that are applicable to research, outreach, and education of the type funded by NYFVI. For the full report, click here.

  • Better control of weeds, diseases, and insects in berries, including pesticide utilization, regulation and availability of pest control materials in New York
  • Implementation of improved weed control practices
  • Planting new berry varieties
  • Projects that emphasize fresh market produce
  • Access to real-time berry market prices
  • Profitability of berry enterprises

 

Juice Grapes

Listed below are opportunities and barriers that were identified by farmer groups. This summary list includes high-priority items that are applicable to research, outreach, and education of the type funded by NYFVI. For the full report, click here.

  • Efficiency gains from mechanization of pruning and harvesting
  • Multi-row spraying and better spray technology that will reduce amount of spray needed
  • Block by block analysis of the cost per ton and per acre of crops produced
  • Innovative marketing efforts
  • Ability and willingness on the part of growers to adapt to change

 

Tree Fruit

Listed below are opportunities and barriers that were identified by farmer groups. This summary list includes high-priority items that are applicable to research, outreach, and education of the type funded by NYFVI. For the full report, click here.

  • Improvements in product quality from better production practices, harvest practices, storage management, and fruit handling
  • New plantings using all the best technology appropriate to a growers’ management ability and resource base
  • Projects that emphasize fresh market produce
  • Expand the on-farm product mix to provide diversification, risk management, extended production/harvest season, better distribution of labor needs and more efficient use of labor
  • Education and improving growers’ production management ability
  • Stronger connections and communication between: grower, storage operator, packer, marketer, and retailer