netting being installed in apple orchard

Protecting High Density Apple Orchards From Hail

Spanning acres of high density orchard trees, hail netting can provide a critical layer of protection for NYS apples from disfiguring weather damage. To test and dial in what is a promising solution to a big problem, a group of forward-thinking growers are partnering with CCE fruit specialists and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University researchers.

Fruit growers cooperating in the research, which was funded by the Apple Research and Development Program, include: Lamont Fruit Farm, Wafler Nursery & Orchards, Cherry Lawn Fruit Farms and DeMarree Fruit Farm.

Image by R.J. Anderson/CCE.