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February 2022

2022 Eastern NY Fruit & Vegetable Conference

February 15 - February 17, 2022
Virtual

The CCE Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Team is happy to invite vegetable and berry growers to our virtual series of webinars on February 15, 16, and 17.

Become a Qualified Vendor for USDA Food Commodities Purchases

February 15, 2022
2:00pm EST
Webinar

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Commodity Procurement Program invites you to a live, interactive webinar on lessons learned in becoming an approved USDA
food vendor. AMS purchases approximately $6 billion of U.S. grown and processed foods annually for both domestic and international food assistance programs.
USDA purchases over 300 different food products that directly support the nutritional needs for millions of school children, families, and other qualified individuals. 

How to Obtain a Pesticide Applicator License

February 28, 2022
1:00pm - 2:00pm
Zoom Webinar

Thinking about becoming a certified pesticide applicator in New York?  Join DEC representative Brayton Pendell and ENYCHP specialists for a discussion on who needs a pesticide license, license types, examination procedures, and recertification. Participants will have ample opportunity to ask questions during the program.  

March 2022

Apple Pruning Demo: Champlain Valley

March 3, 2022
1:30-3:00 PM
Hart Apple Farm
Peru, NY

Cornell Cooperative Extension ENYCHP tree fruit specialists are pleased to offer three in-person pruning workshops at our region's orchards in March.  Dr. Terence Robinson will be joining us to demonstrate how to prune young and mature tall spindle trees, and will walk us through his precision pruning protocol to reduce crop load early in biennial bearing varieties like 'Honeycrisp' and 'Fuji'.

Apple Pruning Demo: Hudson Valley

March 4, 2022
1:30-4:30 PM
Dressel Farms Inc.
New Paltz, NY

Cornell Cooperative Extension ENYCHP tree fruit specialists are pleased to offer three in-person pruning workshops at our region's orchards in March.  Dr. Terence Robinson will be joining us to demonstrate how to prune young and mature tall spindle trees, and will walk us through his precision pruning protocol to reduce crop load early in biennial bearing varieties like 'Honeycrisp' and 'Fuji'.

2022 Onion School

March 10, 2022
12:30pm - 5:00pm
Education Center & 4-H Park
Otisville, NY

Join us on March 10th for the 2022 Onion School.  We will be discussing several subjects including Managing Onion and Seedcorn Maggot without Lorsban, Fungicide and Insecticide Seed Treatment Options for 2023 and Beyond, Glyphosate-Resistant Palmer Amaranth Management, and much more!

Using hummingbird predation as a management tactic against spotted-wing drosophila in raspberry

March 10, 2022
11:30am - 12:30pm
Zoom Webinar

If you have an interest in using hummingbirds as a management technique to help control SWD in your crops, this seminar is for you!  

Apple Pruning Demo: Capital Region

March 11, 2022
1:30-3:00 PM
Bowman Orchards
Rexford, NY

Cornell Cooperative Extension ENYCHP tree fruit specialists are pleased to offer three in-person pruning workshops at our region's orchards in March.  Dr. Terence Robinson will be joining us to demonstrate how to prune young and mature tall spindle trees, and will walk us through his precision pruning protocol to reduce crop load early in biennial bearing varieties like 'Honeycrisp' and 'Fuji'.

Biological Orchard IPM Tactics Webinar

March 14, 2022
1:30pm - 3:00pm
Webinar

Cornell Cooperative Extension ENYCHP and LOFP are presenting a webinar on biological orchard IPM tactics. Julianna Wilson of MSU Extension will present on mating disruption and biological insecticide options, while Dr. Kerik Cox will review what's available for biological control of diseases.  

Respirator Fit Testing Clinic

March 15 - March 17, 2022April 7 - April 8, 2022April 25 - April 26, 2022May 2 - May 3, 2022May 12 - May 13, 2022

NYCAMH will be offering respirator fit testing clinics across the state this year.  For more information, contact NYCAMH at 800-343-7527 or fittest@bassett.org.

Tarping in the Northeast: A Guide for Small Farms

March 16, 2022
11:00am - 12:30pm
Webinar

Join for an overview of a newly created guide to tarping for the Northeast, presented by one of the guide's authors.

This resource is the product of a Northeastern IPM Center-funded working group on tarping and soil solarization. Working group member and presenter Sonja Birthisel, along with her colleagues, sought to create a thorough and application-oriented guide that identifies best practices and fills key knowledge gaps. It covers many uses of tarps, including stale seedbed preparation, cover-crop termination, and application in perennial systems.

What's New in Crop Load Management

March 18, 2022
1:30pm - 4:45pm
Webinar

Cornell Cooperative Extension ENYCHP and LOFP are presenting a webinar on what's new in crop load management. Speakers will be joining us from NYSIPM, Cornell University, Michigan State University, and Valent USA. Topics will include NEWA crop load management tools, including the Pollen Tube Growth Model, the Carbohydrate Thinning Model, and the Fruit Growth Rate Model.  We will also discuss the future of precision crop load management with computer vision technologies, and new materials you will soon be able to incorporate into your apple thinning programs.  For those growing peaches, Dr. Anna Wallis will present on thinning with ACC, the first chemical thinner commercially available for stone fruits.

Fusarium Management in Garlic: Field and Storage Considerations

March 22, 2022
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Zoom Webinar

This workshop will share research results from two fusarium management studies: one focused on field management of fusarium in garlic and the other focused on post-harvest handling's affects. Speakers are Chris Callahan, Agriculture Engineer at the University of Vermont, and Crystal Stewart Courtens, ENYCHP. This workshop is funded through the generous support of Northeast SARE. 

Success with Laser Scarecrows

March 22, 2022
9:00am - 10:30am
Zoom Webinar

Newly improved laser scarecrow kits will again be available for 2022 for those who wish to partner with our research.  This workshop will feature a presentation by Rebecca Nelson Brown and David Brown of the University of Rhode Island about the laser scarecrow and what improvements have been made for 2022.  Cornell Cooperative Extension Educators Chuck Bornt and Julie Kikkert will share their experiences testing the devices on New York farms.  We will also open the floor to cooperating growers to share their tips for success on the farm.

Virtual Good Agricultural Practices Grower Training

March 23, 2022
9:00am - 4:15pm
Zoom Webinar

Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) is a voluntary food safety audit program requiring minimum standards for production, handling, packing, and storing of fresh fruits and vegetables. Many wholesale buyers, including grocery stores, schools, and other institutions, require GAPs certification from farms in order to purchase their produce. 

Rodent & Wildlife Management on the Farm

Event Offers DEC Credits

March 23, 2022
1:00pm - 3:30pm
Zoom Webinar

It is time to out-smart the critters! 

Dr. Paul Curtis, Cornell University, Natural Resources & Environment - Learn the behavior and control of deer, groundhogs, raccoons, turkey, geese, and crows.  Dr. Curtis will cover problems in the field, in crop storages, and around barns and facilities. 

B.E.V NY Annual Conference

March 29 - March 31, 2022

B.E.V. NY is New York's annual conference for the grape and wine industry, combining the resources of Cornell's Extension Enology Lab, the Finger Lakes Grape Program, and the New York Wine & Grape Foundation. The conference invites academic and industry experts to present information that addresses important issues for the industry, and to do so in a way that provides practical information to those who attend.

This year's conference will be fully virtual. This is a great opportunity for wineries and growers from across the state, and beyond, to take advantage of the great material presented. Seminars will take place over the course of the 3-day conference, with time each day dedicated to Business, Enology, and Viticulture topics. Your registration fee allows you to participate in as much of the conference as you choose.

April 2022

Remote Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) Training & Farm Food Safety Plan Writing

April 4 - April 5, 2022
Webinar

Join Cornell Cooperative Extension's Lake Ontario Fruit Program, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Broome County, and the CCE-Eastern NY Horticulture Team on April 4th for a remote GAPs training. Instructors will walk growers thru how to conduct a risk assessment on their farm utilizing the seven areas of farm food safety. Participants will gain hands-on experience in creating a traceability system for their farm, as well as learn about packing house design with food safety principles guiding placement of equipment and suggested materials. Students will also learn about how to train their employees related to food safety and understand what they will need to implement on their farm in order to pass a third-party food safety audit, such as GAPs.

Greenhouse IPM Meeting

Event Offers DEC Credits

April 6, 2022
2:00pm - 4:00pm
Hillside Greenhouse
Fort Plain, NY

Dr. Betsy Lamb, NYS IPM, will be presenting about integrated pest management in greenhouses and about the use of biologicals to control greenhouse pests. Chris Stoltzfus will provide a tour of the greenhouses and discuss their best practices for transplant production. 

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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

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Radishes

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Raspberries / Blackberries

Raspberries / Blackberries

Rhubarb

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Rutabaga

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Snap Beans

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Squash - Summer

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Squash- Winter

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Sweet Corn

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Upcoming Events

Agricultural Supervisory Leadership Certificate Program

June 17, 2022
June 23, 2022
June 30, 2022
July 7, 2022
July 14, 2022
July 21, 2022
July 28, 2022

Supervisors are critical to the success of farm businesses. They have a major impact both on employees' daily work experiences and on the production performance of the business. The  agricultural Supervisory Leadership certificate helps farm supervisors and managers learn and apply human resource management practices and leadership skills that foster rewarding workplaces and drive business results. Confident managers who thoughtfully apply leadership and management skills improve employee performance, develop teams, reduce employee turnover, and increase employee engagement. The courses within the certificate program will offer extensive practice and engagement activities to build confidence and skill sets.

Peru Weed Management and Soil Health Field Day

Event Offers DEC Credits

July 20, 2022
Peru, NY

Join us in Peru on July 20th as we discuss orchard weed and soil management! Speakers will be joining us from across Cornell's research and extension teams.  Topics will include the results of our herbicide timing trials, new vision-guided technologies for orchard weed spraying, organic weed management options, soil health demonstrations, and a discussion on our statewide orchard soil health survey. DEC credits are pending for this event.  

July Next Gen Meetup at Bowman Orchards

July 21, 2022
Rexford, NY

The July Next-Gen meet-up is focused on marketing. We will provide everyone who registers with a resource guide to farm stand marketing. The Bowman's have a farm store, U-Pick berries, sunflowers, apples and pumpkins as well as a commercial apple orchard. We encourage you to check out their website (Bowman Orchards).

Young farmers are welcome to attend, the focus of the program is farmers who are in the process of taking over a farm from the prior generation (whether family or not). Please pre-register by July 18  so that we know you are coming and can have enough food for dinner and resource materials.

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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. 

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 Research Review

March 23, 2022
Winter Greens Research Review
March 17, 2022

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.

Funding and support for the research trials discussed were provided by:
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.

Resources:
Ethan and Leon’s report from their trials at the Poughkeepsie Farm Project:
‘Nitrogen dynamics and yield response to minimal supplemental heating in high tunnel winter production’ SARE grant final report: https://projects.sare.org/project-reports/one17-298/

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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