Archive for 'Tools'

The Valent/Cornell University Young Apple Thinning Gauge

Posted on 25. Jun, 2010 by .

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Thanks to Bob Barthel for suggesting this post. Most of us have to calculate the trunk cross sectional area to find the total tree crop load. This gauge figures the # apples/tree diameter for us.

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Trac Software 2009 now available for tree fruit!

Posted on 23. Mar, 2009 by .

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TracApple, TracPear, TracCherry, and TracStoneFruit are now available at:
http://www.nysipm.cornell.edu/trac/downloads/

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Wisconsin’s Eco-tourism site

Posted on 30. Dec, 2008 by .

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Want to list your orchard on the state’s new Eco-tourism site? There are only two orchards / pick-your-own farms listed thus far on this new site. This would be a great way to tout your commitment to eco-friendly apple production. Travel Green Wisconsin: www.travelgreenwisconsin.com, 608-280-0360

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Enterprise budget tool for orchards

Posted on 23. Apr, 2008 by .

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A colleague here at the Center for Integrated Agricultural Systems needs your grower wisdom and feedback. Don Schuster has put together an EXCEL spreadsheet for growers to use in considering orchard enterprises. He has vetted it with a number of academics, but won’t be comfortable sharing it until some farmers have taken a look and […]

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TRAC software now available as FREE download

Posted on 07. Apr, 2008 by .

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This post is from From Bob Barthel of Barthel Fruit Farm in Mequon: Cornell has been supporting the TRAC series of Excel based pesticide record keeping spreadsheets. I’ve used TRAC Apple and TRAC Berry in prior years. It works and is a valuable tool. This year, they are not charging for it! Following is a […]

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Fruit Growers Using PDAs in Virginia

Posted on 09. Jan, 2008 by .

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The October issue of the Journal of Extension features an article on Virgina growers using PDAs to record and to retrieve pest management info. Here is the article’s abstract: The Fruit AdVisor project endeavors to use PDAs as Extension delivery tools, specifically for the dissemination of fruit IPM information and other fruit-related issues. Information on […]

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Apple Chemical Toxicity List

Posted on 05. Dec, 2007 by .

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A grower requested a copy of our apple chemical toxicity list. You can download it below. The list shows a best estimate of a chemical’s impact on human health and the environment. Chemicals with a higher toxicity factor are estimated to be more toxic. Since we have compiled this list, new chemicals have come onto […]

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IPM Spreadsheets

Posted on 15. Oct, 2007 by .

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If you are looking for a good way to manage your IPM data, the spreadsheets you can download below might be just what you need. You’ll find spreadsheets to help you with: Degree days Fireblight, codling moth, plum curculio, and apple scab models Sprayer calculations using Tree Row Volume Tractor, spray, granular spreader, and ground […]

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Patch for Spec 8 Pro

Posted on 13. Mar, 2007 by .

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From Bob… I want to thank everyone who called in about the software program, Spec 8 Pro. Spectrum released a patch for Spec 8 Pro. After I publicized the software problems, Spectrum promised and delivered a patch over the weekend. The new files work. If you have not received the patched files, call Mike Dunning […]

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Problems with Spectrum Weather Equipment

Posted on 09. Mar, 2007 by .

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Here is a message from Bob Barthel about problems with Spectrum Weather equipment: Quoting Bob… I upgraded my weather station and software this winter. I use Spectrum weather stations for my IPM program. Spectrum released a new version of the software, Spec8 Pro, which is required for their 2000 series weather stations and orchard monitors. […]

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