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February 2017

Growing Table Grapes for Profit Webinar Series

February 3 - February 17, 2017
All webinars will begin at 11:00am and last approximately 85 minutes

Growing Table Grapes for Profit Webinar Series

Please join us for this three part webinar series* for a thorough introduction to table grape production. Learn from Cornell and University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension specialists and from growers who have experience in the table grape industry.

To participate in the webinar, you must have high speed internet access. If you have  questions  about this requirement, call Laura at 518-791-5038.


2017 Hudson Valley Commercial Vegetable Growers' School and Mini Trade Show!

Event Offers DEC Credits

February 7, 2017
8:00am-4:00pm
Kingston, NY

2017 Hudson Valley Commercial Vegetable Growers' School and Mini Trade Show!
Join us for our annual CCE ENYCHP Winter School.  This event will include a full day of speakers and a small trade show.

3.75 NYS DEC Pesticide Re-certification credits will be available

Please register by Monday, January 30th. You must be pre-registered to attend this event!  Your registration includes a hot lunch.

2017 Capital District Commercial Vegetable Growers' School and Mini Trade Show!

Event Offers DEC Credits

February 8, 2017
8:00am-4:00pm
Albany, NY

2017 Capital District Commercial Vegetable Growers' School and Mini Trade Show!
Join us for our annual CCE ENYCHP Winter School.  This event will include a full day of speakers and a small trade show.

3.25 NYS DEC Pesticide Re-certification credits will be available.

Please register by Monday, January 30th. You must be pre-registered to attend this event!  Your registration includes a hot lunch.

The Path to Your Farm Dream - Beginning Farmer Workshop

February 11, 2017
9am-4pm
Vorheesville, NY

To register online: https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/BegFarmerWkshp_201.
To register by phone, pay by credit card or more information, contact Tove Ford at 518-765-3518.

Are you thinking about or have a desire to grow and sell some agricultural products? Did you start growing and selling agricultural products in 2016 and would like some more help? This day long workshop will help you to better understand various aspects of starting a farm. From attending the workshop, you will:
  • Gain ideas on where to get financing to start a farm
  • What to look for when looking for land, buildings, etc. to start a farm business
  • Gain ideas on how to market and sell the products I would like to grow
  • A better understanding of what regulations you need to be aware of


ENYCHP Northeastern NY Commercial Tree Fruit School

Event Offers DEC Credits

February 13, 2017
8:00am- 4:00pm
Lake George, NY

ENYCHP Northeastern NY Commercial Tree Fruit School
Join us for this annual CCE ENYCHP Winter School.  Event will include a full day of speakers and a small trade show. Pre-Register is Required




ENYCHP Organic Grower Farmer-to Farmer Conference

February 15, 2017
9:00am- 4:30pm
Poughkeepsie, NY

ENYCHP Organic Grower Farmer-to Farmer Conference

To Register for this event, please send your name and contact information to Crystal Stewart at:  cls263@cornell.edu

Join us for a one day winter school specific to Organic production!  Hear from panels of experienced growers and industry experts about the following topics:

> Precision cultivation
> Cover crops and tarps for weed suppression
> Biocontrols: how do they actually work?
> Scaling up and paring down: should you grow fewer crops, better?
> What do I need to know about worker protection standards?



2017 Hudson Valley Commercial Fruit Growers' School

Event Offers DEC Credits

February 14, 2017 : Tree Fruit Session 1

February 15, 2017 : Tree Fruit Session 2

February 16, 2017 : Berry Grower Session

February 16, 2017 : Grape Grower Session

February 16, 2017 : Berry and Grape Growers Session

Tuesday, February 14:  Registration cost:  $50/person if pre-registered or $70/person at the door (includes admission into the educational session, lunch and Trade Show admittance).

  • Tree Fruit Session 1: Educational Session 8:00 am - 4:00 pm followed by the Trade Show 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Wednesday, February 15Registration cost: $50/person if pre-registered or $70/person at the door (includes admission into the educational session and lunch).

  • Tree Fruit Session 2: Educational Session 8:50 am - 4:45 pm
Thursday, February 16:
  • Grape Growers Session:  8:30 am - 12:00 pm.  Registration cost: $35/person if pre-registered or $50/person at the door (includes admission into the educational session and lunch).  Special pricing for attending both the Berry and Grape Grower Sessions:  $50/person, includes lunch
  • Berry Growers Session: Educational Session 1:00 pm - 4:15 pm Registration cost: $35/person if pre-registered or $50/person at the door (includes admission into the educational session and lunch). Special pricing for attending both the Berry and Grape Grower Sessions: $50/person, includes lunch

DEC Credits have been applied for each session.

Click HERE to view the Full Fruit Growers' School Agenda
Click HERE to view the Grape Session Agenda
Click HERE to view the Berry Session Agenda



Farm Business Succession Retreat: Part Two

February 17 - February 18, 2017
10:00am- 2:00pm

Farm Business Succession Retreat: Part Two
Save the Date! "Farm Business Succession Retreat - Where are you now, where are you going and how will you get there?"

Families across the country dream of the day the farm will pass to the next generation. In 2008, the Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service (CSREES) reported that 70% of U.S. farmland would change hands by 2028. Without adequate succession planning, CSREES reports that farms are more likely to go out of business, be absorbed by larger neighboring farms, or be converted for non-farm use.

Don't let that happen to your dream! Succession planning can help ensure the dream of having the farm business transfer to the next generation will become reality. To help you move forward, CCE Ulster County, The Eastern NY Commercial Hort. Program and the Capital Area Agriculture and Horticulture Program are sponsoring two days of working facilitated time for your family or business partners to build a strong business succession strategy.

Effective Orchard Spraying

Event Offers DEC Credits

February 22, 2017
8:30- 3:15
Highland, NY

Effective Orchard Spraying
Join us for a full day course on Effective Vineyard Spraying with Andrew Landers of Cornell University.  5.5 DEC Credits have been approved for this workshop!

Effective Vineyard Spraying

Event Offers DEC Credits

February 23, 2017
8:30- 3:15
Highland, NY

Effective Vineyard Spraying
Join us for a full day course on Effective Vineyard Spraying with Andrew Landers of Cornell University.  5.5 DEC Credits have been approved for this workshop!

Modernizing Your Farm Sales: The Power of Point of Sale

February 27, 2017
12:00-1:00pm

In today's competitive farmers market space, producers are increasingly turning to new technologies to help create business efficiencies and manage day-to-day operations. Digital Point of Sale (POS) systems allow farmers to collect critical farm management data, manage customers and employees, and connect with back-end farm inventory systems. Join FARMroots, GrowNYC and Cornell Cooperative Extension for a webinar covering the potential that POS has for your farm business. We'll explore the pros and cons of five (5) individual POS systems available to farmers, including Square, Revel, NCR, Shopkeep and MarketLink/Mobile Market Register. A guest farmer will share his experience with implementing digital POS at New York City's Greenmarket program.

To register https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1101880356120197891 After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

2017 Onion School

Event Offers DEC Credits

February 28, 2017
8:45am-4:15pm
Middletown, NY

2017 Onion School
Come join us at the Orange County Cooperative Office for our annual onion school!  4 DEC Credits will be available.

Western NY: New York State Berry Growers Association Winter Regional Workshop

February 28, 2017
8:30am- 4:00pm
Portland, NY

Western NY: New York State Berry Growers Association Winter Regional Workshop
As dramatic weather events increase, pest pressure intensifies, and local markets vitalize, New York berry growers are looking for ways to protect their crop and lengthen their season.

Growers and educators are researching techniques for growing berries under cover. This day-long workshop will feature multiple short presentations, interactive activities, and words from growers discussing the newest research in tunnels and exclusion netting.

March 2017

Long Island: New York State Berry Growers Association Winter Regional Workshop

March 7, 2017
8:30am- 4:00pm
Riverhead, NY

Long Island: New York State Berry Growers Association Winter Regional Workshop

As dramatic weather events increase, pest pressure intensifies, and local markets vitalize, New York berry growers are looking for ways to protect their crop and lengthen their season.

Growers and educators are researching techniques for growing berries under cover. This day-long workshop will feature multiple short presentations, interactive activities, and words from growers discussing the newest research in tunnels and exclusion netting.

Walk in space may be available.  Pease contact Sandy at CCE Suffolk at 631-727-7850 ext. 316 to verify


2017 Garlic School

March 9, 2017
9:30am-3:00pm
Voorheesville, NY

2017 Garlic School
Topics for this year's garlic school will focus on emerging and established diseases and pests, including white rot, eriophyid mites, fusarium, and the insect pests moving towards the region from the north and the southâ€"leek moth and allium leaf miner.

NENY & VT Winter Grape School

Event Offers DEC Credits

March 9, 2017
8:00am- 4:00pm
Lake George, NY

NENY & VT Winter Grape School
Come and join Cornell Cooperative Extension Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program and the University of Vermont Grape Program, Dept. of Plant and Soil Science for the 2017 Northeastern NY and VT Grape School!


Northern Vegetable School

Event Offers DEC Credits

March 14, 2017
8:30am-3:00pm
Essex, NY

Northern Vegetable School
This year's Northern Vegetable School will focus on soil health, including management, tillage and cover crops.

Our special guest speaker, Will Stevens from Golden Russet Farm in Shoreham Vt will explain how he uses cover crops and crop rotations on his farm.

Champlain Valley Pesticide Applicator Pre-Exam Training

March 20 - March 22, 2017
9:00am-12:00pm
Plattsburgh, NY

Please note:  The date of this event has changed to March 20th and 22nd

CCE ENYCHP Agriculture Specialists will be offering a training to review core concepts and commodity specific items in preparation for the exam. 

Registration Fee covers two days of review:  Monday 3/13 and Wednesday 3/15


Hudson Valley Pesticide Applicator Pre-Exam Training

March 20 - March 22, 2017
9:00am-12:00pm
Highland, NY

CCE ENYCHP Agriculture Specialists will be offering a training to review core concepts and commodity specific items in preparation for the exam. 

Registration Fee covers two days of review:  Monday 3/20 and Wednesday 3/22

Effective Orchard Spraying & Navigating NEWA Workshop- Champlain Valley

March 28, 2017
8:00am- 4:00pm
Chazy, NY

Effective Orchard Spraying & Navigating NEWA Workshop- Champlain Valley
Effective Orchard Spraying - Morning
Understand how to improve your timeliness and therefore apply sprays when needed and not be forever chasing the calendar. Correct application at the correct time will allow you to make better use of your time and materials over the season.

Navigating NEWA - Afternoon 
Learn the ins-and-outs of the NEWA system (Network for Environment and Weather Applications). Learn how to efficiently navigate the NEWA interface, including how to get weather data, access station specific pages, and effectively utilize models for insects, diseases, crop thinning, and irrigation.

Bring your Laptop or Smart Device!!

***PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED! ***


Hudson Valley Orchard Scouting & NEWA Orchard Models Workshop

March 30, 2017
10:00am-3:00pm
Highland, NY

Hudson Valley Orchard Scouting & NEWA Orchard Models Workshop
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED




Pruning Demonstration Day

March 30, 2017
2pm-5pm
Red Hook, NY

Pruning Demonstration Day
You are invited to join Laura McDermott and Jim O'Connell, Berry Educators for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Eastern NY, for a pruning demonstration on mature blueberries on Thursday, March 30th.

This workshop is free, but please preregister with Jim O'Connell no later than March 28th, 2017 by email (jmo98@cornell.edu) or phone (845-943-9814) so we know how many people to expect. 

Northern Vegetable School

Event Offers DEC Credits

March 31, 2017
8:30am-3:00pm
Essex, NY

Northern Vegetable School
**Please note, this event was rescheduled from 3/14 to 3/31. If you were registered for 3/14, but are unable to attend on 3/31 then you are eligible for a refund!**

This year's Northern Vegetable School will focus on soil health, including management, tillage and cover crops.

Our special guest speaker, Will Stevens from Golden Russet Farm in Shoreham Vt will explain how he uses cover crops and crop rotations on his farm.

April 2017

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course: Capital Region (Day One)

April 4, 2017
8:30am -4:30pm
Albany, NY

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course: Capital Region (Day One)

Please note:  Day one is mandatory to receive certification.  Day two is an optional day for those growers interested in assistance in creating a farm food safety plan.  Please pre-register for day two here.

Day one topics to be covered include, Introduction to Produce Safety, Worker Health, Hygiene, and Training, Soil Amendments, Wildlife, Domesticated Animals, and Land Use, Agricultural Water (Part I: Production Water; Part II: Postharvest Water), Postharvest Handling and Sanitation &How to Develop a Farm Food Safety Plan


In addition to learning about produce safety best practices, key parts of the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements are outlined within each module.  There will be time for questions and discussion, so participants should come prepared to share their experiences and produce safety questions.


Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course: Capital Region (Optional Day Two)

April 5, 2017
8:30am -4:30pm
Albany, NY

Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course: Capital Region (Optional Day Two)

Please note:  Day one is mandatory to receive certification.  Day two is an optional day for those growers interested in assistance in creating a farm food safety plan. 

 


Grape Grower Pot Luck Dinners

April 5, 2017 : Capital Region Potluck Dinner

April 17, 2017 : Hudson Valley Potluck

Grape Grower Potluck Dinners - April 2017

Please join us for the last in our series of educational pot luck dinners. Jim O'Connell and Anna Wallis are reaching out to growers, trying to get to know them in a less formal setting. Jim and Anna are regional fruit educators with Cornell Cooperative Extension's (CCE) Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program (ENYCHP).


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Apples

Apples

Apricots

Apricots

Asparagus

Asparagus

Beets

Beets

Blueberries

Blueberries

Broccoli

Broccoli

Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts

Cabbage

Cabbage

Carrots

Carrots

Cauliflower

Cauliflower

Cherries

Cherries

Cucumbers

Cucumbers

Dry Beans

Dry Beans

Eggplant

Eggplant

Ethnic Vegetables

Ethnic Vegetables

Garlic

Garlic

Grapes

Grapes

Horseradish

Horseradish

Kohlrabi

Kohlrabi

Leeks

Leeks

Lettuce / Leafy Greens

Lettuce / Leafy Greens

Melons

Melons

Nectarines

Nectarines

Onions

Onions

Parsnips

Parsnips

Peaches

Peaches

Pears

Pears

Peas

Peas

Peppers

Peppers

Plums

Plums

Potatoes

Potatoes

Pumpkins / Gourds

Pumpkins / Gourds

Radishes

Radishes

Raspberries / Blackberries

Raspberries / Blackberries

Rhubarb

Rhubarb

Rutabaga

Rutabaga

Snap Beans

Snap Beans

Squash - Summer

Squash - Summer

Squash- Winter

Squash- Winter

Strawberries

Strawberries

Sweet Corn

Sweet Corn

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes

Tomatoes

Tomatoes

Turnips

Turnips

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Upcoming Events

Ag Business Tuesdays - Clinton County

July 11, 2017
1.5 hour appts between 9:00am to 5:00pm
Plattsburgh, NY

Are you a farmer in Eastern New York with a question about the management side of your farm business? The Cornell Cooperative Extension Eastern NY Commercial Hort Team, in collaboration with CCE County offices, is offering free farm business technical assistance appointments this summer on Tuesdays at various locations in our service region. On Tuesday, July 11 from 9:00am-5:00pm we will be at CCE Clinton County.
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High Tunnel Field Meeting

Event Offers DEC Credits

July 12, 2017
5:00-7:00pm
Arygle, NY

Join us for a discussion of ongoing high tunnel fertility management for summer tomato crops, high tunnel soil health, as well as other summer high tunnel crop options including cucumbers and basil.

In addition there will be an update on leek moth in allium crops, a discussion of downy mildew in basil, and a
demonstration of an in-row flame weeder.

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Ag Business Tuesdays - Warren County

July 25, 2017
1.5 hour appts between 9:00am to 4:00pm
Warrensburgh, NY

Are you a farmer in Eastern New York with a question about the management side of your farm business? The Cornell Cooperative Extension Eastern NY Commercial Hort Team, in collaboration with CCE County offices, is offering free farm business technical assistance appointments this summer on Tuesdays at various locations in our service region. On Tuesday, July 25 from 9:00am-4:00pm we will be at CCE Warren County.
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Announcements

New Resources for Berry Crops

Berry Crop Diagnostics Tool - Much information exists on controlling plant pests and problems, but one must first identify the cause before intervention can occur. This diagnostic tool was developed to assist the student, grower, and extension educator in identifying potential causes of plant problems in berry crops

Cornell Berries YouTube Channel - Webinars and other videos that support our commercial berry production Extension and outreach

Coming soon: New NEWA berry pest forecasting tools


White Rot Update

NOW AVAILABLE: White Rot Fact Sheet: Click Here

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




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