strawberry, Yates County NY

Understanding strawberry root problems that impact berry farm profitability

photo of fresh raspberries
Image by Dwight Sipler
Grapes in the vineyards at Swedish Hill Winery in Seneca Falls, NY (Cornell University Photography).
Image by Robert Barker
blueberries in containers
Image by Sandy Repp

Fruit Production

Fruit is Ulster County’s most economically important crop, apples being the most significant fruit variety. Ulster County is home to more than 4,000 acres of bearing apple trees. Ulster County ranks second in value of production for apples in New York State, and fourth nationally. 

The most commonly produced berries are strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and grapes. There are 157 acres of grapes (including table grapes), in production in Ulster County. New York State is ranked third in U.S. production for wine grapes. Let’s not forget about the popular strawberry, which ranks sixth for production in New York State, with 18 producing acres in Ulster County.

*production acreage sourced from USDA 2017 Ag Census

Cornell's Hudson Valley Research Laboratory

Ulster County is also home to Cornell’s Hudson Valley Research Lab, one of New York State’s Agricultural Experiment Stations focused on fruit production research. 

Eastern NY Commerical Horticulture Program

CCE Ulster is a member of the Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture Program, which provides tree fruit, berry, and grape education, research, and technical assistance.

Cornell Resources

New York State Agricultural Experiment Station Fruit Resources

Contact

Jim O'Connell
Sr. Agriculture Resource Educator
jmo98@cornell.edu
845-340-3990 ext. 390

Last updated February 10, 2021