Learn apple, grape grafting tips at Empire Farm Days

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
Daily at 11 a.m. at the 2016 Empire Farm Days, scientists from the Agricultural Research Service Plant Genetic Resources Unit IN Geneva will demonstrate the art of tying
apple buds to standard seedling rootstock for clonal propagation of apple germplasm.

Scientists from the Agricultural Research Service Plant Genetic Resources Unit, Geneva, will demonstrate grafting techniques used with apple trees and grapevines daily at 11 am at the Aug. 9–11 Empire Farm Days at Rodman Lott & Son Farms, 2973 State Route 414, Seneca Falls.

The ARS scientists will show how rootstocks affect fruit quality, change the shape and productivity of the tree scion or top, and how scion traits can be modified by different rootstocks.

Empire Farm Days is the largest outdoor agricultural trade show in the Northeastern United States, with more than 600 agricultural exhibits, demonstrations, seminars, and displays.

ARS is the chief scientific research agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The mission of the Plant Genetic Resources Unit is to maintain, characterize, and distribute plant genetic resources of selected fruit and vegetable crops to develop new hardy varieties that can stand up to pests, diseases and environmental stresses. The unit has more than 2,500 varieties of apples, including some that are as familiar as the local supermarket produce section and others from distant and exotic locations.

Experience Empire is the theme for Empire Farm Days in 2016. The 300-acre event features more than 600 agricultural institutions, organizations and industry representatives with exhibits, information, demonstrations, educational seminars, live animals, and farm safety and rural life displays. Parking $10 per vehicle. Learn more at www.empirefarmdays.com or call 877-697-7837.

If you go

What: Empire Farm Days

When: Aug. 9-11

Where: Rodman Lott & Son Farms, 2973 State Route 414, Seneca Falls

Details: http://empirefarmdays.com/