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Pumpkins / Gourds

Pumpkins / Gourds New York State ranks amongst the top 3 states (Illinois and Pennsylvania are the other two) in pumpkin production in the country with over 6,800 acres of production with an estimated value of $24 million each year. Nearly all of these are for fresh market use for either decorating or eating. The pumpkin industry is highly variable with fruit ranging from quarter pound to several hundred pounds each. Pumpkins are grown throughout NYS and are marketed through roadside stands, nursery centers and farmers markets and are also important in areas that have lots of agri-tourism. Included in this group are also other fall ornamentals such as gourds and ornamental squash. Pumpkins are susceptible to many different diseases, the most prevalent of those being Powdery Mildew, Downy Mildew and Phytophthora blight. In the last eight years, plant breeders and seed companies have released a multitude of varieties resistant to Powdery Mildew and are widely used by growers. Another concern for growers are several different viruses which can cause plants to not produce fruit at all or results in poor fruit quality (size, color etc.). Striped Cucumber Beetles and Squash bugs remain the main insect pests. Aphids are also important because they are the primary vectors of those viruses mentioned above.
Most Recent Pumpkins / Gourds Content

2018 Pumpkin Variety Trial Article

Chuck Bornt, Team Leader, Extension Vegetable Specialist
Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture

Last Modified: January 17, 2019
2018 Pumpkin Variety Trial Article

The search for the perfect pumpkin variety continued in eastern NY during the 2018 season with CCE ENYCHP conducting 2 pumpkin variety trials; one at Wertman's Farm and Greenhouses in Melrose, NY (Rensselaer County) and at Robert O. Davenport and Sons Farm in Kingston, NY (Ulster County).  Despite the roller coaster weather, the Wertman location turned out good and is the trial in which all data is based on.  Unfortunately, the Davenport site suffered some poor stand issues and was used for observational data only. 


2018 Pumpkin Variety Trial Results Report and Slideshow

Chuck Bornt, Team Leader, Extension Vegetable Specialist
Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture

Last Modified: November 5, 2018
2018 Pumpkin Variety Trial Results Report and Slideshow

Final report and slideshow of the varieties grown in the 2018 pumpkin variety trial.


Herbicide Options for Pumpkins and Squash

Chuck Bornt, Team Leader, Extension Vegetable Specialist
Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture

Last Modified: May 17, 2018
Herbicide Options for Pumpkins and Squash

Weeds - I really, really dislike weeds and so should you!  Not only do they reduce yields and quality of fruit, but they can reduce insecticide and fungicides applications and take more time to harvest if your crew has to employ the "stumble" method of locating the fruit!  Most herbicide programs are best employed right after planting, before the crop emerges



More Pumpkins / Gourds Content

LandSpring NYS Label
2018 Eastern New York Fruit & Vegetable Conference Vegetable Presentations
Zonix Biofungicide Label
Timorex Gold NYS Label
2015 CCE ENYCHP Pumpkin Variety Trial
Phytophthora Webinar 3: Management practices to reduce P-Cap on the farm
Webinar: How do I know if I have P-Cap in my Fields?
Webinar: How do I know if I have P-Cap in my Fields?
Webinar: Farming with P-Cap: Managing Your Crops and Minimizing Spread
Early Pumpkin Ripening
2011 Pumpkin Herbicide Trial
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Upcoming Events

Last Monday Grant Webinar for Fruit and Vegetable Growers - May

May 27, 2019
12:00-1:00

To help disseminate information on grants on a more consistent basis, we will be offering a "current grants" webinar on the last Monday of every month at noon

In order to help focus the program, the webinars will be limited to grants that are relevant to fruit and vegetable farmers in Eastern New York.

There is a possibility of webinars related to grants for experimental crops (i.e. hops and hemp) if it is likely that fruit and vegetable growers would be interested.

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Last Monday Grant Webinar for Fruit and Vegetable Growers - June

June 24, 2019
12:00-1:00

To help disseminate information on grants on a more consistent basis, we will be offering a "current grants" webinar on the last Monday of every month at noon

In order to help focus the program, the webinars will be limited to grants that are relevant to fruit and vegetable farmers in Eastern New York.

There is a possibility of webinars related to grants for experimental crops (i.e. hops and hemp) if it is likely that fruit and vegetable growers would be interested.

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Pesticide Exam Certification Summer Trainings

July 2 - July 23, 2019
1:30pm - 4:30pm each day
Plattsburgh, NY

2019 Champlain Valley Pesticide Applicator Exam Intensive Training

CCE ENYCHP Horticulture Specialists Mike Basedow and Elisabeth Hodgdon will be offering four afternoons of training to review core concepts and commodity specific items in preparation for the exam.

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Announcements

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

Biweekly Vegetable News Podcast Episode 2 - 05//15/2019

May 15, 2019
The May 15, 2019 edition of the Eastern New York Vegetable News covers the following topics:

Weed Control in Potatoes (1:08)
Brassica Flea Beetle Management (8:43)
Seedcorn Maggot (13:36)
Onion Maggot and Allium Leafminer Management (17:58)
Tomato Transplant Disease Prevention and Tomato Stake Disinfection (24:29)
Industrial Hemp Update (31:07)
Spinach Leafminer Identification and Control (36:16)

Here are links to additional resources mentioned in the episode:

Brassica Flea Beetle Management
Abby Seaman’s Evaluation of Insecticides Allowed for Organic Production Against Crucifer Flea Beetle, 2016 https://academic.oup.com/amt/article/42/1/tsx126/4670916
Elisabeth’s email: eh528@cornell.edu

Onion Maggot and Allium Leafminer Management
Cornell NEWA Onion Maggot Models: http://newa.cornell.edu/index.php?page=onion-maggot
Podcast Episode on Allium Leafminer: https://soundcloud.com/easternnewyorkvegnews/episode-3-allium-leaf-miner
NYS Senate Bill to Prohibit Use of Chlorpyrifos: https://www.nysenate.gov/legislation/bills/2019/s2156/amendment/a
Ethan’s email: eg572@cornell.edu

Tomato Stake Disinfection
http://ipm.uconn.edu/documents/raw2/362/Disinfecting%20Tomato%20Stakes.pdf
Teresa’s email: tr28@cornell.edu

Industrial Hemp Update
New York Department of Agriculture and Markets Industrial Hemp Grower Application: https://www.agriculture.ny.gov/pi/Hemp_Grower_Application.pdf
More hemp resources from Ag and Markets: https://www.agriculture.ny.gov/pi/pihome.html
Cornell Hemp Resources: https://hemp.cals.cornell.edu/
Maire’s email: mru2@cornell.edu

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