New Location for Apple/Grape Grafting Demos


A new location has been set for the daily 11:00 am demonstration of apple and grape grafting techniques by USDA personnel is moving to the Cornell University Marketplace building at the August 8-10, 2017 Empire Farm Days event at Rodman Lott and Son Farms, 2973 State Route 414, in Seneca Falls, NY.

Grafting, the joining of two or more plants together to grow as a single plant, can improve apple and grape production. Scientists from the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Plant Genetic Resources Unit, Geneva, NY, will be at Empire Farm Days to present how the selection of rootstocks affects fruit quality and changes the shape and productivity of the upper section of the graft known as the scion, and how scion traits can be modified by different rootstocks.

“Grafting is the most efficient method to propagate apple varieties and manage tree size,” said USDA ARS Apple, Grape, and Tart Cherry Repository Farm Manager Bill Srmack.

The USDA ARS Plant Genetic Resources Unit, located in Geneva, NY, acquires maintains, characterizes, and distributes 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 300-acre Empire Farm Days is the largest outdoor agricultural trade show in the Northeastern U.S. with 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 or call 877-697-7837.





The Cornell Marketplace at the 2017 Empire Farm Days will be the new location for the 11:00 am daily apple and grape grafting demonstrations by USDA Agricultural Research Service Plant Genetic Resources scientists. Photo: ARS