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Squash- Winter

Squash- Winter New York State has a strong industry growing winter and summer squash with over 5,000 acres produced in 2011 with a value of over 43 million dollars. There are many different types of winter squash that are grown including hubbard, buttercup and spaghetti, but butternut and acorn types are the two dominant ones for production. Winter squash is also sold for wholesale and fresh market use. There is also a significant amount of butternut squash that is cut and peeled and repacked and sold through grocery stores. Powdery and Downy Mildew, and Phytopthroa blight are the major diseases we are concerned with.

Witner Squash and Pumpkin Maturity, Handling and Storage Reminders

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

Last Modified: August 17, 2023

With early winter squash like spaghetti and acorn starting to ripen, it's time for these helpful harvesting and handling reminders!


2023 Cucurbit Powdery Mildew Control Fungicide Table

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

Last Modified: July 31, 2023

Table 1: Recommended Pre-Emergent/Post Seeding Herbicides for Pumpkins and Wint

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

Last Modified: May 31, 2023

2020 Powdery Mildew Fungicide Table

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

Last Modified: July 21, 2020

Cucurbit Downy Mildew Fungicide Table

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

Last Modified: July 21, 2020

Guidelines on Managing Cucurbit Downy Mildew in 2020 Based on Recent Research

Last Modified: July 7, 2020

Kabocha Variety Trial Summary 2019

Ethan Grundberg, Vegetable Specialist
Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture

Last Modified: May 6, 2020
Kabocha Variety Trial Summary 2019

Yield and size data, storage evaluation, crop notes, and pictures of 31 kabocha squash varieties trialed on much soil in Orange County, NY in 2019.


Winter Squash and Pumpkin Harvest

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

Last Modified: September 12, 2019

Much of the winter squash in the region is matured and ready to go.  This article will give you some tips on how to ensure harvesting, handling and storing the highest quality squash and pumpkins for your farm.


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. 

Winter Storage Keys to Success - Vegetable Crops

Last Modified: November 29, 2017
Winter Storage Keys to Success - Vegetable Crops

Key topics covered:

- Growing a healthy Crop and keeping it that way in storage
- Storage conditions
- Construction of coolers
- Controls and Thermostats
- Monitoring and more advanced controls

Zonix Biofungicide Label

Last Modified: July 25, 2017

Timorex Gold NYS Label

Last Modified: July 18, 2017

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.

Phytophthora Webinar 3: Management practices to reduce P-Cap on the farm

Last Modified: May 13, 2013
Phytophthora Webinar 3: Management practices to reduce P-Cap on the farm

This recorded webinar features Dr. Meg McGrath for a discussion of fungicides for P-Cap, crop rotation strategies, and the use of biofumigants to control P-Cap in infected fields.

Webinar: How do I know if I have P-Cap in my Fields?

Laura McDermott, Team Leader, Small Fruit and Vegetable Specialist
Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture

Last Modified: November 27, 2012

The first in a 3-part series, this pre-recorded webinaris presented by Dr. Chris Smart, Cornell University. 

Flooding in 2011 spread Phytophthora capsici into fields with no history of the disease. Growers who have not managed P. capsici previously could inadvertently and permanently spread the disease to additional fields and could experience high rates of crop loss due to improper management of the disease.  Understanding of P. cap will reduce the probability of these negative outcomes on eastern NY farms.


Webinar: How do I know if I have P-Cap in my Fields?

Laura McDermott, Team Leader, Small Fruit and Vegetable Specialist
Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture

Last Modified: November 27, 2012

The first in a 3-part series, this pre-recorded webinaris presented by Dr. Chris Smart, Cornell University. 

Flooding in 2011 spread Phytophthora capsici into fields with no history of the disease. Growers who have not managed P. capsici previously could inadvertently and permanently spread the disease to additional fields and could experience high rates of crop loss due to improper management of the disease.  Understanding of P. cap will reduce the probability of these negative outcomes on eastern NY farms.


Webinar: Farming with P-Cap: Managing Your Crops and Minimizing Spread

Laura McDermott, Team Leader, Small Fruit and Vegetable Specialist
Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture

Last Modified: November 8, 2012
Webinar: Farming with P-Cap: Managing Your Crops and Minimizing Spread

In this pre-recorded webinar, Dr. Michael Mazourek, plant breeder at Cornell University, and Dr. Chris Smart, plant pathologist at Cornell University Geneva Experiment Station lead a discussion about how to minimize the impact of Phytophthora capsici on your farm.


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Brussels Sprouts

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Cabbage

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Carrots

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Cauliflower

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Cherries

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Cucumbers

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Dry Beans

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Eggplant

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Ethnic Vegetables

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Garlic

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Grapes

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Horseradish

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Kohlrabi

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Leeks

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Lettuce / Leafy Greens

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Melons

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Nectarines

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Onions

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Parsnips

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Peaches

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Pears

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Peas

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Peppers

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Plums

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Potatoes

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Pumpkins / Gourds

Pumpkins / Gourds

Radishes

Radishes

Raspberries / Blackberries

Raspberries / Blackberries

Rhubarb

Rhubarb

Rutabaga

Rutabaga

Snap Beans

Snap Beans

Squash - Summer

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Squash- Winter

Squash- Winter

Strawberries

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Sweet Corn

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Sweet Potatoes

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Upcoming Events

Farm Business Plan Writing Program

December 6, 2023 : Kickoff Week: Laying the Groundwork for Your Success

Take your farming enterprise to the next level with our dynamic 9-week online program! Join experts Liz Higgins and Bonnie Nelsen in a journey tailored for existing farm owners. Whether you're aiming for a loan, a grant, or strategic growth, our program offers the perfect blend of flexibility and expert guidance, helping you write, refine and enhance your farm business plan. Our structured approach simplifies each section of the business plan, integrating innovative resources like ChatGPT (AI) for enhanced writing assistance. Work with your farm's team, at your own pace, supported by the seasoned Farm Business Management Specialists from Cornell Cooperative Extension. Join us to turn your vision into a strategic and actionable plan, setting the stage for your farm's success!"

First Zoom Session December 6, 2023, 3:30-4:30


December 13, 2023 : Week 2: Sharpening Your Focus - Tailoring Your Plan

As we dive into Week 2, it's time to get clear about the 'why' and 'who' of your business plan. Is it a roadmap for your own farm's growth? A key to unlock loans or grants? Or a blueprint for a new agricultural venture? Understanding the purpose and audience of your plan is crucial.

Zoom Session December 13, 2023, 3:30-4:30


January 10, 2024 : Week 4: Laying the Foundation - Strategy and Competitive Edge

Welcome to Week 4 (after the break)! Now, we're getting into the heart of your business plan - the sections that really define the essence of your farm business.

Zoom Session January 10, 2024, 3:30-4:30


January 17, 2024 : Week 5: The Financial Frontier - Making Your Numbers Talk

As we step into Week 5, we're tackling one of the most critical parts of your business plan: Financial Projections. Whether you're starting fresh or expanding your farm, these numbers are the pulse of your future success.

Zoom session January 17, 2024, 3:30-4:30


January 24, 2024 : Week 6: Navigating the Market Maze - Strategies and Safeguards

Welcome to Week 6, where we explore the landscape of your market and how to navigate it successfully. This week is all about understanding your place in the market and preparing for the unexpected.

Zoom Session January 24, 2024, 3:30-4:30


January 31 - February 1, 2024 : Week 7: Cultivating Team Strength - Management and Operations

In Week 7, we turn our attention to the core of your farming operation: your team and how you work together. Just like a well-oiled tractor or a perfectly timed planting season, the efficiency and harmony of your team can make a huge difference in your farm's success.

Zoom Session, January 31, 2024, 3:30-4:30


February 7, 2024 : Week 8: Flex week - TBD

Zoom Session, February 7, 2024, 3:30-4:30


February 14, 2024 : Week 9: The Grand Finale - Crafting Your Executive Summary

We've arrived at Week 9, the culmination of our journey where we weave together the threads of your business plan into a compelling tapestry. This week is all about creating a powerful executive summary - the window through which investors, lenders, and partners glimpse into your farm's future.

Zoom Session, February 14, 2024, 3:30-4:30

New York Labor Roadshow VII

December 15, 2023
Greenwich, NY

New York Labor Roadshow VII: December 2023 Offered by New York's Ag Workforce Development Council

New York's Ag Workforce Development Council (AWDC) is currently organizing Labor Roadshow VII.  The Eastern NY event will be held on December 15 in Greenwich, NY from 8:30-4:15.

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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