News & Events

Are You Ready?

Three days ago the calendar suggested that spring was here. We have already changed the clocks to allow us the maximum sun time. The question is, as you trade in your winter gear for short sleeves, are we ready for this season? Perhaps a better question is are we any better prepared to face the risks associated with growing the 2011 crop? I think we are and I will attempt to explain why in this report. NYS Board of Directors ... more

Beware A Strong Southerly Wind

On February 16, 2011, I was in Kearneysville, West Virginia to chair a meeting to encourage research to counter the brown Marmorated stink bug (BMSB). Last season this pest reached levels of destruction that totally destroyed crops and vegetation in the mid-Atlantic regions of West Virginia, Maryland and Virginia. The BMSB did make some movement into Adams County, Pa. but was not at a level there that it was a commercial issue. Fruit growers, however, in all of these regions ... more

Changing of the Guard

On March 14, 2011 we saw Peter Fleckenstein from Beak and Skiff replace Walt Blackler on our Board of Directors. We all want to thank Walt for his years of unselfish service to our industry. Walt will continue to represent the Horticultural Society on the NYS Research Board in Albany, NY. Tom DeMarree will serve his second term as chair of the Board. This is an excellent board that is very engaged in the programs and willing to go the ... more

Adverse Effect Wage rates for 2010 vs. 2011

As of March 1, 2011 the Adverse Effect Wage Rates have been issued. These rates cover every state except Alaska. As is always the case, there is a positive increase to the rates. In NY the rate increased to $10.25 per hour marking a $.09 increase over a year ago. The range in the nation is from $12.01 in Hawaii, where they saw the rate increase $.56 over last year to a low of $8.97 in both Mississippi and Louisiana ... more

Executive Directors Report

As each of you return to your orchards I want you to know that the NYS Horticultural Society has only one mission. Our goal is to represent your needs when and where your voice is needed. In 2011 I have already been to Washington, DC four times and to Albany, NY twice on issues that directly impact your operations. I have the pleasure of working with a very unselfish and progressive Board of Directors. They will watch over the issues ... more