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Lettuce / Leafy Greens

Lettuce / Leafy Greens Two dozen or more types of leafy greens are grown in New York, primarily for fresh market production.   According to the 2007 Census of Agriculture, 224 New York farms produced 1,398 acres of lettuce. Leaf lettuce is the most widely grown with 758 acres, followed by 381 acres of head lettuce and 260 acres of romaine lettuce. Lettuce is grown for local sales as well as large wholesale markets in the Northeastern, US.

Other popular greens are spinach (247 acres), collards (96 acres), escarole & endive (75 acres), kale (57 acres), mustard greens (36 acres) and turnip greens (16 acres). Additional types for which no statistical information is available include:  arugula, beet greens, bok choy, dandelion greens, radiccho, rapini, swiss chard and watercress.

Field-grown greens are available beginning from May through mid-October (depending on the type). However, the season can be extended by growing in tunnels protected from harsh winter temperatures. 

Relevant Events

Grape Pruning Workshop

February 8, 2024 : Grape Pruning Workshop at Ives Hollow
Valley Falls, NY


February 15, 2024 : Grape Pruning Workshop at Samascott
Kinderhook, NY


February 29, 2024 : Grape Pruning Workshop at Stoutridge Distillery and Winery
Marlboro, NY


March 13, 2024 : Grape Pruning Workshop at the Hudson Valley Research Lab
Highland, NY

Weed Management for Berries in NY

March 6, 2024 : Weed Management for Berries in NY

Insect and Disease Pest Management for Berries

March 11, 2024 : Insect and Disease Pest Management for Berries

My Efficient Vineyard Demonstration - Capital District

March 14, 2024 : My Efficient Vineyard Demonstration - Capital District
Greenwich, NY

Stone Fruit: Rootstocks and Disease Management

Event Offers DEC Credits

March 19, 2024 : Stone Fruit: Rootstocks and Disease Management

Introduction to Winter Growing Webinar

Elisabeth Hodgdon, Vegetable Specialist
Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture

Last Modified: January 6, 2020
Introduction to Winter Growing Webinar

This webinar introduces the basics of how to grow vegetables during winter using a high tunnel.  


2019 Romaine Lettuce Summer Variety Trial

Crystal Stewart-Courtens, Extension Vegetable Specialist
Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture

Last Modified: December 3, 2019
2019 Romaine Lettuce Summer Variety Trial

This year's lettuce variety trial was conducted at Philia Farm in Johnstown, NY. The main goal of the trial was to evaluate romaine varieties to see which would perform well in hot summer conditions. We had one successful planting this summer and this is the full report on the varieties. 


Optimizing Nitrogen Fertility for Overwintered High Tunnel Spinach

Elisabeth Hodgdon, Vegetable Specialist
Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture

Last Modified: August 27, 2019
Optimizing Nitrogen Fertility for Overwintered High Tunnel Spinach

This is a report on our 2018-2019 high tunnel spinach nitrogen trial.


2017 and 2018 Lettuce Variety Trial Results

Crystal Stewart-Courtens, Extension Vegetable Specialist
Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture

Last Modified: January 17, 2019
2017 and 2018 Lettuce Variety Trial Results

During the past two seasons we conducted trials of primarily Romaine lettuces to determine heat tolerance as measured by bolting and bitterness. Our trials were located at Pleasant Valley Farm in Washington County. During 2017 we planted three successions. One seeding failed due to a greenhouse malfunction; the other two were transplanted in mid-June and early August, about three weeks after seeding. In 2018 we seeded successions on March 28th, July 15th, and August 1st, all of which yielded good harvests.  These trials are more observational than research oriented, and included only one replication per planting.  


2018 Summer Romaine Lettuce Variety Trial

Crystal Stewart-Courtens, Extension Vegetable Specialist
Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture

Last Modified: December 18, 2018
2018 Summer Romaine Lettuce Variety Trial

This year's lettuce variety trial was conducted at Pleasant Valley Farm in Argyle, NY. The main goal of the trial was to evaluate romaine varieties to see which would perform well in hot summer conditions. We had three plantings over the summer. This report summarizes all information collected from the trial.

 


Recording of High Tunnel Veg Research Webinar 11/29/18

Amy Ivy, Vegetable Specialist
Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture

Last Modified: November 29, 2018
Recording of High Tunnel Veg Research Webinar 11/29/18

This is a recording of an hour long webinar held by Amy Ivy of the Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program, Judson Reid of the Cornell Vegetable Program and Mike Davis of the Cornell University Willsboro Research Farm on Nov 29, 2018.

A copy of the PowerPoint is included in the 'read details' section below. With funding from the Northern NY Agricultural Development Program.


Impact of Minimal Supplemental Heating on Winter High Tunnel Greens

Ethan Grundberg, Vegetable Specialist
Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture

Last Modified: November 2, 2018
Impact of Minimal Supplemental Heating on Winter High Tunnel Greens

With support from a Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program (NE SARE) Partnership Grant (ONE17-298) and the generous cooperation of the Poughkeepsie Farm Project (PFP), I spent much of last winter gathering data from a side by side comparative trial assessing the impact of minimal heating in winter greens production. Specifically, we tracked yield, soil nitrate availability, total plant nitrogen uptake, propane use, and soil temperature all winter in the two identical side-by-side 42'x196' double layer inflated poly Harnois high tunnels at PFP. The only deliberately manipulated variable between the two tunnels was the minimum thermostat setting: one tunnel was set to 33° F ambient air temperature and the other set to 40° F. 


2018 Lettuce Variety Trial First Planting Results

Crystal Stewart-Courtens, Extension Vegetable Specialist
Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture

Last Modified: August 21, 2018
2018 Lettuce Variety Trial First Planting Results

This year's lettuce variety trial was conducted at Pleasant Valley Farm in Argyle, NY. It was planted on May 28th, and harvested August 1st. The main goal of the trial was to evaluate romaine varieties to see which would perform well in hot summer conditions and there were 17 days above 85 degrees. 


2018 Eastern New York Fruit & Vegetable Conference Vegetable Presentations

Last Modified: April 2, 2018
2018 Eastern New York Fruit & Vegetable Conference Vegetable Presentations

Presentations from the 2018 ENYCHP Eastern New York Fruit & Vegetable Conference held February 20th and 21st for the vegetable sections. 

2017 Lettuce Variety Trial

Last Modified: March 29, 2018
2017 Lettuce Variety Trial

See photos and data of the lettuce varieties grown in the 2017 variety trial in Washington County, NY

Organic Production Guides

Robert Hadad, Extension Vegetable Specialist
Cornell Vegetable Program

Last Modified: July 17, 2017
Organic Production Guides

Organic Production Guides for fruits, vegetables and dairy are available through the NYS Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program. They outline general practices for growing vegetable and fruit crops using organic integrated pest management techniques.

Ethnic Greens Trial, 2012

Robert Hadad, Extension Vegetable Specialist
Cornell Vegetable Program

Last Modified: January 23, 2013
Ethnic Greens Trial, 2012

Interest in growing ethnic vegetables has been increasing in our region. In response, the Cornell Vegetable Program conducted a two-year ethnic vegetable variety and marketing trial. The focus of the trial was to see how well assortments of vegetables that represent some different nationalities perform in WNY under our wildly fluctuating weather conditions and also to see how growers can market these new vegetables, how customers respond to them at the market, and what is needed to reach targeted communities perhaps. Funding was provided by the Western NY CCE Association group.


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Upcoming Events

Weed Management for Berries in NY

March 6, 2024 : Weed Management for Berries in NY

Join Cornell scientists, Dr. Bryan Brown, Dr. Lynn Sosnoskie, Rutgers University's Dr. Thierry Besançon, CCE Harvest NY's Anya Osatuke, and CCE ENYCHP's Laura McDermott to hear updates on the latest research concerning weed management in berries.

Northeast Extension Fruit Consortium Winter Webinar Series

March 6, 2024
March 13, 2024
March 20, 2024
: Northeast Extension Fruit Consortium Winter Webinar Series

How Profitable will My New Orchard Investment Be? Evaluating Capital Investment Decisions in a Farm Business

February 29, 2024 : Week 1 of the course (February 23-Feb 29)

In week 1 we cover:

  • How and why to use a structured process to make investment decisions.
  • Identifying the problem to be addressed, generating possible solutions and identifying what information you need to acquire.
  • Gathering data and using farm financial statements and farm financial ratios to help make decisions.

 In this zoom session we will go over what you learned in the on-line class.


March 7, 2024 : Week 2 (March 1 - March 7)

In week 2 you will:

  • Develop an enterprise budget and use your enterprise budgets and partial budget analysis to evaluate the risk and profitability of potential investments.
  • Use cost-benefit analysis tools that consider the time value of money to help you choose among investment options.
  • Announcements

    2023 Spotted Wing Drosophila Monitoring/Management

    All berry farmers are watching for monitoring reports that indicate Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) adults are in their region. Mid-season berry crops should be sprayed as soon as berries begin to ripen unless you've elected to use insect exclusion netting.

    - For general information about SWD, and to enroll for free monitoring reports, visit the Cornell SWD blog https://blogs.cornell.edu/swd1/.
    - Click here for the 2023 Quick Guide for Pesticide Management. 
    - For some great instructional videos and fact sheets on insect exclusion netting, visit the University of Vermont's Ag Engineering blog.


    Resources from CCE ENYCHP!

    We are developing new ways to connect with the CCE ENYCHP team this year! We have a Youtube page located at this link. Check out videos on Table Grape Production, Pest Updates and the 20 Minute Ag Manager - in 4 Minutes series

    We have a Facebook Page here as well as an Instagram page. We keep these places updated with current projects, events, and other interesting articles and deadlines.

    There are also text alerts available. Fruit and vegetable farmers in 17 Eastern NY counties can now receive real time alerts on high risk disease and pest outbreaks texted directly to their cell phone. The Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture program, which is supported by local Cornell Cooperative Extension associations, will now offer text alerts to those that enroll in our program in 2019. 

    The text alerts will be reserved for important crop alerts that could impact management decisions immediately. For instance, if there were an outbreak of Late Blight in the area, this would be transmitted to vegetable growers.

    Farmers can choose the crop for which they wish to receive updates. Additionally they can request that Ag Business Alerts be sent to them. These alerts might include due dates for crop insurance deadlines, market opportunities etc.

    If you have questions, please contact enychp@cornell.edu


    Podcasts

    Winter Greens Grower Interviews in Northern New York

    October 22, 2022
    In this episode, vegetable specialist Elisabeth Hodgdon interviews Lindsey Pashow, ag business development and marketing specialist with the Cornell Cooperative Extension Harvest New York team. They discuss findings from a series of interviews with winter greens producers in northern New York. Lindsey shares production and marketing challenges associated with growing winter greens in this cold and rural part of the state, success stories and advice from growers, and tips for those interested in adding new crop enterprises to their operation.

    Funding for this project was provided by the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program. The episode was edited by Miles Todaro of the ENYCHP team.

    Resources:
    • Crop enterprise budget resources available from Penn State Extension (field and tunnel vegetables: https://extension.psu.edu/small-scale-field-grown-and-season-extension-budgets), UMass Extension (winter spinach budgets: https://ag.umass.edu/vegetable/outreach-project/improving-production-yield-of-winter-greens-in-northeast and field vegetables: https://ag.umass.edu/vegetable/fact-sheets/crop-production-budgets), and Cornell Cooperative Extension (high tunnel vegetables: https://blogs.cornell.edu/hightunnels/economics/sample-budgets-spreadsheets/). Use these budgets as templates when developing your own crop enterprise budget.
    • The Organic Farmer’s Business Handbook, by Richard Wiswall
    • The Winter Harvest Handbook, by Eliot Coleman

    For questions about the winter greens project discussed in this podcast, reach out to Lindsey Pashow (lep67@cornell.edu) or Elisabeth Hodgdon(eh528@cornell.edu).

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