Average Farmers Market Prices are NOW AVAILABLE!
Average Farmers Market prices for an assortment of fruits, vegetables, meats, and agricultural goods are now available for several regions in Eastern NY. The most current data will be posted each Thursday throughout the growing season.
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Upcoming WPS Mock Inspection Training Course: Peru
Tuesday, July 26
2731 Route 22,
Peru, NY 12972
Registration 9:30am- 10:00am
Training 10:00am- NOON
As many of you already know, the EPA passed legislation in 2015 that institutes changes to the Farmworker Protection Standard. The new rules will be in effect and enforced as of January 1, 2017. "The Worker Protection Standard seeks to protect and reduce the risks of injury or illness resulting from agricultural workers' ( those who perform hand-labor tasks in pesticide -treated crops, such as harvesting, thinning, pruning) and pesticide handlers' ( those who mix, load, and apply pesticides) use and contact with pesticides on farms, forests, nurseries and greenhouses. The regulation does not cover persons working with livestock." source: https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2015-09/documents/worker-protection-factsheet.pdf
The WPS does apply to farms using Organic OMRI listed Pesticides who have workers and handlers. The only exemption is for farm owners and their immediate families.
DEC will be hosting this WPS Mock Inspection Training Course in an effort to help farmers in the area understand the WPS regulations, changes that will soon be in effect, and what farmers need to do on their farms in order to comply. We encourage all growers to attend as the information will be relevant whether you are a large-scale conventional fruit farm with 60 workers or small scale organic vegetable producer with 2 workers.
The DEC will be issuing 2 pesticide applicator's recertification credits in the following categories - commercial 1A, 1D, 10 and private 21, 22, 23, 24, 25. You must be in attendance for the full two hour course/mock inspection in order to receive credits. Please arrive early to register and sign the roster for credits. Please bring your pesticide applicator's license. There is no charge.
White Rot Update
Earlier in June I sent a garlic sample to the diagnostic lab hoping that I was wrong. The sample was covered in small black sclerotia, the size of poppy seeds, and white fungal hyphae crept up the stem. The results, unfortunately, matched the field diagnosis: White Rot. Within a couple days additional calls came from up and down the Hudson Valley as well as one in Western NY with similar suspicions. These samples have also gone to the lab for verification, but it looks like the latest pest to move back into the state is this nasty fungus.
White Rot, Sclerotinia cepivorum, decimated the onion industry in New York in the 1930's before being eradicated through careful management. More recently, in 2003, it infected 10,000 acres of garlic in California, leading to the abandonment of some garlic fields and adoption of strict containment rules. White rot has been confirmed in Northeastern states over the last decade as well, with New York being one of the last to discover the disease.
The primary reason that White Rot is such a concern is because the sclerotia, or reproductive structures, can remain dormant in the soil for up to 40 years, attacking any allium crop planted into the soil under favorable conditions. This spring was ideal for infection due to the period of cool, moist weather we had. Optimal temperature for infection is 60-65 degrees F, but infection can occur anywhere from 50-75 degrees F.
Once garlic has white rot, it generally declines rapidly. Leaves will yellow and the plant will wilt, not unlike a severe fusarium infection. However, unlike with fusarium, white rot infected bulbs are covered in black sclerotia and white fungus. To add to the confusion, another disease CAN look similar. Botrytis also causes black sclerotia and white fungal growth. However, Botrytis sclerotia are quite large, often larger than a pencil eraser.
So, what do we do now? We're still working on long-term management strategies, but the most important steps to take now are vigilance when culling (look at the plants you are pulling for symptoms like you see in this article, and if they are present, call us to take a sample and have the disease verified) and, if you see anything suspicious, reduction of movement of inoculum. The main ways diseases get moved around are by dumping culls (compost, field edges, etc) and my moving soil on equipment. Throw away your culls, and wash equipment that may have come in contact with suspicious garlic or the soil it is growing in. Everything from cultivation equipment to harvest bins should be cleaned.
We will keep learning about this disease and will keep sending out information, particularly to help you make decisions about what to sell and buy. For now, remember that the west coast has learned to manage the disease, and we will too. -Crystal Stewart, ENYCHP
Farmers Markets & Agricultural Supplies Lists
Updated lists of eastern New York farmers markets and agricultural supplies providers are now listed in the business section of our webpage. Check them out to learn about what is available in your region of New York! View New Resources