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Berry Production Workshop: Using Insect Exclusion Netting to Manage SWD




Event Details

Date

September 15, 2021
October 5, 2021

Time

4:00pm - 6:00pm

Cost

Registration for The Berry Patch location : Free

Registration for Abers Acres location : Free

Host

Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture



Due to predictions of extreme weather tomorrow evening, Wednesday, September 15th, the Exclusion Netting Workshop at the Berry Patch, Stephentown, NY has been postponed until Tuesday, October 5th, 4-6pm.  If you already registered for the Berry Patch session, there is no need to re-register.

The western NY site at Albers Acres in Kennedy, NY will still hold the workshop tomorrow night, Sept 15.

If you have any questions about eastern NY meeting - please call Laura McDermott, 518-791-5038, or email lgm4@cornell.edu.


2021 season review of SWD management techniques

Join us at either The Berry Patch in Stephentown or Abers Acres in Kennedy for a two-hour review of Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) management techniques.  We'll cover the basics of SWD monitoring of adult and larvae populations and also discuss implementing a pesticide program.

The program will focus on what has been learned about designing an exclusion netting support system that provides long term control of SWD and maximum utility for berry farmers.

Exclusion netting is being used on field blueberries where it controls SWD while also excluding birds and moderating impacts of hail and heavy rain.  Raspberries and strawberries also benefit from exclusion netting on  the sides of high tunnels.  There will be a representative from NRCS that will share information about cost sharing for the netting.

1.5 DEC credits available in categories 1A, 10, and 22


AGENDA (The Berry Patch, 15589 State Route 22, Stephentown, NY 12168) - October 5, 2021

4:00 pm               Welcome and Introductions & NYS DEC credit sign-up - Laura McDermott, CCE ENYCHP

4:05 pm               Brief Overview of SWD - Laura McDermott, CCE ENYCHP

Insect monitoring, fruit infestation monitoring, insecticide management and cultural management techniques will be discussed

4:20 pm                Overview of Exclusion Netting - Dale Ila Riggs, The Berry Patch and Ted Storozum, TekKnit, Quebec CA

Brief review of work undertaken and effectiveness of netting in open field and high tunnel systems.  Discussion of adaptations made to netting material and the need for structural design.

4:50 pm                Structural Considerations when Installing Exclusion Netting - Chris Callahan, University of Vermont and Paul Lucas from Gintec, Ontario, CA. 

The past two seasons have provided lots of new information about designing the support structure for Exclusion Netting. We have been able to revise the design leading to a more lean and lower cost structure as we adapt it from ginseng production systems.  Gintec owner Paul Lucas has played a critical advisory role in this portion of the project and has decades of experience with protected agriculture systems.  Cost information for the SWD exclusion netting and structure will be included.

5:20 pm                Exclusion Netting on Fall Raspberries - Dale Ila Riggs, The Berry Patch

Research on using field netting for fall raspberries and incorporating it into a high tunnel system.

 5:30 pm              Views from Other Growers - TBD

Growers that have adopted exclusion netting will share their successes and struggles with the netting. 

5:45 pm                Hands-On Removal of Netting - Attendees will watch and assist with removal of netting panels to better understand the requirements and ease of using netting. Netting storage and winter care will be discussed.

6:00 pm                Adjourn



AGENDA (Abers Acres, Route 394, Kennedy, NY 14747) - September 15, 2021

4:00 pm               Welcome and Introductions & NYS DEC credit sign-up - Anya Osatuke, CCE Harvest NY

4:05 pm               Brief Overview of SWD - Greg Loeb, Cornell University

Insect monitoring, fruit infestation monitoring, insecticide management and cultural management techniques will be discussed

4:20 pm                Overview of Exclusion Netting - Greg Loeb and Stephen Hesler, Cornell University

Brief review of work undertaken and effectiveness of netting in open field and high tunnel systems.  Discussion of adaptations made to netting material and the need for structural design.

4:50 pm                Structural Considerations when Installing Exclusion Netting - Stephen Hesler, Cornell University and John Abers, Abers Acres

The past two seasons have provided lots of new information about designing the support structure for Exclusion Netting, but every farm is unique and Abers Acres owner will discuss how they installed the netting.  This installation benefited from the lessons learned during the prior year's installation at The Berry Patch and uses fewer posts in the support structure leading to reduced cost and labor. Cost information about the SWD exclusion netting and structure will be included. 

5:20 pm                Exclusion Netting on Fall Raspberries - Greg Loeb, Cornell University

Research on using field netting for fall raspberries and incorporating it into a high tunnel system.

 5:30 pm              Views from Other Growers - TBD

Growers that have adopted exclusion netting will share their successes and struggles with the netting. 

5:45 pm                Hands-On Removal of Netting - Attendees will watch and assist with removal of netting panels to better understand the requirements and ease of using netting. Netting storage and winter care will be discussed.

6:00 pm                Adjourn


Thank you to the NYSBGA for sponsoring these meetings.  This research is partially funded with support from Northeast SARE.



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2022 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 2022 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. 

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Episode description:
In this episode, vegetable specialists Ethan Grundberg, Elisabeth Hodgdon, Jud Reid, and grower Leon Vehaba discuss winter greens production in Eastern New York. They highlight research results from the past five years that aimed to develop nitrogen fertility and heating recommendations for winter high tunnel greens production. Leon discusses his lessons learned from his experience at the Poughkeepsie Farm Project and how he made changes to his greens production as a result.

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Organic nitrogen fertility management in winter spinach (Willsboro Farm and Pleasant Valley Farm trials): New York Specialty Crop Block Grant Program, Northern NY Agricultural Development Program, Toward Sustainability Foundation, Paul and Sandy Arnold of Pleasant Valley Farm, Mike Davis of the Cornell Willsboro Research Farm, and Amy Ivy and Andy Galimberti of the CCE ENYCHP.

Nitrogen dynamics and yield response to minimal supplemental heating in high tunnel winter production: Northeast SARE Partnership grant and the Poughkeepsie Farm Project.

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Elisabeth and Jud’s results from their trials at the Willsboro Research Farm and Pleasant Valley Farm:
Willsboro Research Farm: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m94bE5DV5SI&t=10s
Pleasant Valley Farm (research results and overview of winter greens production on the farm): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eLK6jnc0YzA&t=12s

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