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2016 66th Annual Winter Meeting Announcement and Registration

Come and join fellow NJ Christmas Tree Growers at the 66th Annual Winter Meeting and Trade Show!  This year's show will be held in Columbus, New Jersey at the Rutgers EcoComplex on Saturday, January28th from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm.  Registration starts at 8:15am with coffee and refreshments.  Come early to mingle and visit with exhibitors!  An informative show is planned as is a tasty luncheon.  Please see the agenda for the meeting below.  Pesticide credits will be available!  


We Have and exciting lineup of speakers ready to go for the Meeting including:

- Larry Downey of Downey Tree Company, Quebec, Canada

    -  Mr. Downey is arguably the foremost authority on growing Fraser fir and other True Firs.  If you have questions about shearing, cultural practices, pest control, fertilization or anything else Fraser; Larry is the guy to ask!  He will be speaking for two segments at the meeting and will be available to answer questions for the rest of the meeting.  Check out their website at        


 - Ann Brooks Gould, Specialist in Ornamental Pathology, NJAES

    -  Ann Gould is our local expert in plant pathology and will be be talking on diseases found in our Christmas trees.  In recent years, a number of "new" pathogens have been showing up in our fields and giving growers fits.  Ann will give us the latest information on identifying, treating and hopefully controlling these troublesome problems.  Rhabdolcine Needlecast is no longer the only fungal issue growers are seeing.  Things like Swiss Needlecast in Douglas-fir, Rhizosphera Needlcast in Blue Spruce, Weir's Cushion (Spruce Rust) in Blue Spruce, needlecasts of Fraser, Concolor and Balsam firs and various root diseases have all been found in plantations along the east coast, do you have any?  Anne is always happy to answer your questions and will be available throughout the meeting.


- Patricia Hastings, Program Associate, NJAES Pest Management Office

   - Pat Hastings is NJ's expert on Pesticide Safety and Worker Protection compliance.  She will provide needed updates to keep all of us in compliance with State and Federal regulations and also to protect us, our families and our workers while using chemicals on the farm.  Pat's talks also provide CORE pesticide credits to attendees with Pesticide Licenses.  


Check Back here and watch your mail and email for registration information as the meeting gets closer!!  Hope to see you There!







2014 Winter Meeting and Trade Show

Come and join us Saturday, January 25th at the Rutgers ECO-Complex for this year's exciting winter meeting.  Registrations are permitted at the door or can be made by contacting Donna Cole at 908-735-4658

The agenda and details follow. Hope to see you there.


New Jersey Christmas Tree Growers' Association 

Rutgers EcoComplex

1200 Florence Columbus Road

Bordentown, NJ 08505 

January 25, 2014 

8:15-9:00        Registration   Coffee & Danish - Visit with Exhibitors 

9:00-9:10        Welcome   Executive Secretary/Treasurer Donna Cole and President Christian Nicholson 

9:10-9:20         Douglas H. Fisher, Secretary of Agriculture, State of New Jersey

                        A brief synopsis of the current happenings of the agriculture communityin NJ 

9:20-10:00       Tracey Harpster, Research Support Technician, Dept. Plant Sciences, Penn State University   

                        Are you getting the best results from your weed control program?  Methods, materials, & recommendations will be covered. 

10:00-10:20     Break   Networking with other Christmas tree growers 

10:20-11:15     Patricia D. Hastings, Rutgers Cooperative Extension Pest Management Office   

                        Pesticide Safety Update  Core credits will be available. 

11:15-12:00     Dr. Richard Buckley, Director Plant Diagnostic Laboratory, Rutgers Univ.

                        Integrated Pest Management for Christmas tree growers. 

12:00-1:00       Lunch  (Hot, locally catered)  Visit with growers, and friends 

1:00-1:45         Dr. Mark Vodak, Specialist in Forestry, Rutgers University

                        Cryptomeria Scale - A Pest of True Firs - the results of demonstration/research

                          plots for scale control on New Jersey Christmas tree farms.    

1:45–2:15        John Wyckoff, Grower, Wyckoff’s Christmas Tree Farm

                        The experience this year of attending the NCTA, entering a tree, winning the

                        national contest, and presenting trees to the First Lady and the White House.

2:15-3:00        Annual Business Meeting    President  Chris Nicholson

                       State Contest and People’s Choice Awards 

3:00                Wrap-up and Adjournment  President Chris Nicholson




New Jersey Tree to be National Christmas Tree in 2013

Winning Tree

Wyckoff's Grand Champion Blue Spruce at the National Christmas Tree Association Contest


Congratulations to John Wyckoff and family for winning the 2013 National Christmas Tree Association Contest! As part of this honor, John and his family will be traveling to the White House in early December to present one of their Jersey Grown trees to First Lady, Michelle Obama to be used as the national Christmas tree. The Wyckoff Blue Spruce was crowned the Grand Champion Christmas Tree at the annual NCTA convention held in Arlington, Virginia on August 10th.


Since 1966, members of the National Christmas Tree Association have presented the official White House Christmas Tree for display in the Blue Room. Each year, NCTA hosts a national tree contest, at which growers, industry experts and consumers vote to select the Real Christmas Tree grower who will provide the official White House Christmas Tree. To qualify for the national contest, growers must first win their state or regional competitions, so being named National Grand Champion is quite an achievement. NJCTGA President Chris Nicholson praised the Wyckoff accomplishment, “(The Wyckoffs) have made us all proud and have let the rest of the country know that we grow championship caliber trees in New Jersey.” More details to follow as they become available.

  Wyckoff Couple

Leslie and John C Wyckoff with their Grand Champion Ribbon at the National Christmas Tree Association Contest in Arlington, Virginia




2013 Summer/Fall Meeting

 The 2013 Summer Meeting will be held on September 14, 2013 at Evergreen Valley Christmas Tree Farm in Washington, NJ.  Pat, Les, Sara, Sam, Kate and Andy Alpaugh will be our hosts.  The farm was started in 2003 by the Alpaugh family and has grown into a fairly large Choose and Cut operation with sales beginning in 2009.  2012 saw the beginning of dug tree sales. Topics will include:

  • History of the farm
  • Cultural practices including shearing, pruning and planting
  • Sales and Marketing practices
  • Weed control and sprayer calibration
  • Insect and disease control
  • Equipment including a GPS rate controlled herbicide sprayer, mist blower, fertilizer banding spreader, Howey bailer, etc.
  • Electric Deer Fencing Installation, Maintenance and Effectiveness
  • Tree spade digging demonstration

Mark your calendars and Join us for information, fun and food!  Check back for more information and registration information coming soon.


2013 Twilight Meeting

The 2013 Twilight Meeting will be held at Stimpson's Christmas Tree Farm in Monroeville, New Jersey.  The meeting will be held in June but the  exact date of the meeting is yet to be determined so check back often for more details.  Bryan and Donald Stimpson will be our hosts for what will prove to be an excellent and informative tour.  You can check out the farm at


2013 Winter Meeting and Trade Show

The 2013 Winter Meeting and Trade Show was held at the Rutger's EcoComplex in Columbus, New Jersey on January 26, 2013.  The meeting was a terrific success with approximately 90 attendees and 8 vendors.  Lunch was catered by Mastoris' Catering.  Speakers included:

  • Douglas H. Fisher, Secretary of Agriculture, State of New Jersey:  Brief synopsis of the current happenings of the agriculture community in NJ.
  • Richard Buckley, Director Rutgers Plant Diagnostic Laboratory: What is the Plant Diagnostic Lab and how can it help you to solve pest and disease problems in Christmas trees? 
  • Sarah Pickel, IPM Education Specialist, PA Department of Agriculture: Pest scouting and management throughout the growing season 
  • Thomas Rathier, Emeritus Soil Scientist, The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station: Soil/root environments and their relationships with tree growth and health.
  • Dr. George Hamilton, Extension Specialist in Pest Management, Rutgers Cooperative Extension: Pesticide Safety and Regulations for 2013. Core credits were issued. 

A few pictures of the meeting are below:


Secretary of Agriculture, Doug FisherDr. George HamiltonAlpaugh FamilyJohn Wyckoff, Jr. Grand Champion Winner