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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).


May 2017

Hands-on Tomato Pruning Workshop

May 3, 2017
4-6pm
Fort Plain, NY

Hands-on Tomato Pruning Workshop
Join High Tunnel Specialist Amy Ivy and Crystal Stewart for a hands-on tomato pruning demonstration in the high tunnel. We'll talk about when to prune, how to prune for earliness and yield, and how to prune both determinate and indeterminate varieties

*DEC credit has been applied for

Bramble Pruning Workshop - Rulf's Orchard

May 4, 2017
3:00pm-5pm
Peru, NY

Bramble Pruning Workshop - Rulf's Orchard
Focus will be on pruning to increase production and help control Spotted Wing Drosophila. General pest management and culture will also be discussed. There is no charge for these workshops, but we would like folks to register so that we know how to contact you. Please register here or call Marcie at 518-272-4210.

Bramble Pruning Workshop - Cashin's Farm

May 9, 2017
3:00pm-5pm
Fultonville, NY

Bramble Pruning Workshop - Cashin's Farm
Focus will be on pruning to increase production and help control Spotted Wing Drosophila. General pest management and culture will also be discussed. There is no charge for these workshops, but we would like folks to register so that we know how to contact you. Please register here or call Marcie at 518-272-4210.

Bramble Pruning Workshop - Bowman's Orchard

May 11, 2017
3:00pm-5pm
Rexford, NY

Bramble Pruning Workshop - Bowman's Orchard
Focus will be on pruning to increase production and help control Spotted Wing Drosophila. General pest management and culture will also be discussed. There is no charge for these workshops, but we would like folks to register so that we know how to contact you. Please register here or call Marcie at 518-272-4210.

Southern Hudson Valley Thinning Meeting

May 11, 2017
2:30pm-4:30pm
Hudson, NY

Please join our cadre of experienced pomologists as we review and discuss the tree fruit season to date in the Hudson Valley. Dr. Poliana Francescatto, Win Cowgill, and I will be touring Ulster, Orange, Dutchess, and Columbia County orchards all day on the 10th, and will report on our observations of fruit set and thinning strategies for this season. To start, it's been so far so good this season as return bloom was generally excellent throughout the region, pollination was fast and furious last Thursday through Saturday, and again Monday, and we dodged a an ENY region-wide frost bullet early this morning. 

Southern Hudson Valley Thinning Meeting

May 11, 2017
9:30am-11:30am
Highland, NY

Please join our cadre of experienced pomologists as we review and discuss the tree fruit season to date in the Hudson Valley. Dr. Poliana Francescatto, Win Cowgill, and I will be touring Ulster, Orange, Dutchess, and Columbia County orchards all day on the 10th, and will report on our observations of fruit set and thinning strategies for this season. To start, it's been so far so good this season as return bloom was generally excellent throughout the region, pollination was fast and furious last Thursday through Saturday, and again Monday, and we dodged a an ENY region-wide frost bullet early this morning.

Ag Business Tuesdays - Dutchess County

May 16, 2017
1.5 hour appts between 9:00am to 5:00pm
Millbrook, 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, May 16 from 9:00am-5:00pm we will be at CCE Dutchess County

Bramble Pruning Workshop - Story Farms

May 16, 2017
3:00pm-5pm
Catskill, NY

Bramble Pruning Workshop - Story Farms
Focus will be on pruning to increase production and help control Spotted Wing Drosophila. General pest management and culture will also be discussed. There is no charge for these workshops, but we would like folks to register so that we know how to contact you. Please register here or call Marcie at 518-272-4210.

Ag Business Tuesdays - Schoharie County

May 30, 2017
1.5 hour appts between 9:00am to 5:00pm

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, May 30 from 9:00am-5:00pm we will be at CCE Schoharie County.

June 2017

Ag Business Tuesdays - Orange County

June 20, 2017
1.5 hour appts between 9:00am to 5:00pm
Middletown, 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, June 20 from 9:00am-5:00pm we will be at CCE Orange County.

Garlic Twilight Meeting

Event Offers DEC Credits

June 21, 2017
5 pm-7pm, Potluck 7 pm-8 pm
Hurley, NY

Garlic Twilight Meeting
The field meeting will start and end at the Farm Hub office with a trip to the field to view the garlic research plots. Wear appropriate shoes and bring any samples in sealable bags. Potluck dinner to follow.

Ag Business Tuesdays - Essex County

June 27, 2017
1.5 hour appts between 9:00am to 5:00pm
Westport, 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, June 27 from 9:00am-5:00pm we will be at CCE Essex County.
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Upcoming Events

Allium Leafminer Management Meeting

Event Offers DEC Credits

October 19, 2017
3:15pm- 5:00pm
Goshen, NY

This meeting if free with pre-registration! 1.5 DEC credits are available

Topics will include:  Biology and Host Range of Allium Leafminer, Scouting and Monitoring for Allium Leafminer, Insecticide Efficacy Field Trial Preliminary Results

Contact Ethan at eg572@cornell.edu or 617-455-1893 for more information.
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Marketing Your Farm as a Great Place to Work

October 25, 2017
1:00-4:00pm
Essex, NY

Do you have a lot of staff turnover?  Do you want to improve your communication skills with your employees? This workshop is for you.


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What is my job? Hiring, training and evaluating farm employees effectively

October 25, 2017
5:00-8:00pm
Essex, NY

How well do your employees understand their jobs?  Everyone wants farm employees who know what to do without being told. Unfortunately, most people you hire or manage can't read minds. This workshop will help you develop effective tools for training and evaluating new employees or employees moving into new positions.


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Welcome Jim Meyers: New Viticulture Specialist!

Jim has been working with wine grapes for 10 years, first as a Viticulture Ph.D. student at Cornell then as a Research Associate. Prior to coming to Cornell, Jim studied Chemistry and Biology (B.S. West Chester University of Pennsylvania), Computer Science (M.S. Brown University), and had a successful career as software technology entrepreneur. This background is reflected in his viticultural research which has focused on computational tools for mapping canopy and vineyard variability, quantifying relationships between variability and fruit chemistry, and optimizing efficiency of vineyard operations. As an Extension Associate, Jim will continue some of these research activities while also looking for new projects that provide targeted benefits to appellations in Eastern New York. Jim will kick off his new appointment by visiting growers at their vineyards to gather first hand knowledge of the sites and to discuss vineyard operations, goals, and challenges. Building a complete catalog of vineyards in a territory that runs 300 miles along the Route 9 corridor may take a little while, but Jim feels that the effort will lay a solid foundation for future program activities while also clearly differentiating the needs of each appellation.


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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