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August 2017

Summer Grower Meeting

August 1, 2017
6:30- 8:00pm
Willsboro, NY

Summer Grower Meeting

Topics will include:

Growing Red Bell Peppers and Cherry Tomatoes in High Tunnels
High Tunnel tomato fertility management
Updates on this year’s pests and disease challenges
Group discussion â€" bring your questions!

Speakers:

Judson Reid, Cornell Vegetable Program
Amy Ivy, Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture
Michael Davis, Cornell Willsboro Research Farm
 


Muck Donut Hour Every Tuesday

August 1, 2017
8:30 - 9:30 AM
Elba, NY

Muck Donut Hour Every Tuesday
Meet with Cornell Vegetable Program Specialist Christy Hoepting every Tuesday morning to ask questions and share your observations.

Fresh Market Minutes - Eden Valley

August 1, 2017
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Eden, NY

Fresh Market Minutes - Eden Valley
Meet with the Cornell Vegetable Program Specialist Darcy Telenko every other Tuesday morning to ask questions and share your observations in fresh market vegetables.

Calling all Next Generation and New Fruit Growers!

August 8 - June 10, 2017

Calling all Next Generation and New Fruit Growers!
Champlain Tree Fruit Study Tour
Join us for the second annual Next Generation study tour. This year we will be travelling to the beautiful Champlain region of New York State and Vermont where McIntosh was King. Like many tree fruit regions of the country there has been tremendous change and the Champlain region is no exception. The Champlain has adapted to the changes in the market place and are now very successful at growing more popular varieties like Honeycrisp, SweeTango, NY1 and NY2. The growing region is also diverse with many retail operations and hard cideries that focus on the tourist trade.

Online Sponsorship Opportunity for Lake Champlain study tour for the Young Fruit Farmers

August 8 - August 10, 2017

Now sponsors of the Lake Champlain study tour for next generation fruit growers can sponsor online via credit card.
Please click on view details for more information.
These options can also be accessed by going to Sponsorship at bottom of page.

2017 Vegetable Pest and Cultural Management Field Meeting - Chautauqua County

Event Offers DEC Credits

August 8, 2017
6:00 PM
Frewsburg, NY

2017 Vegetable Pest and Cultural Management Field Meeting - Chautauqua County
This course will demonstrate pest management in fresh market vegetables in both field and greenhouse (high tunnel) vegetables; primarily for those growing for wholesale auction. A hands-on demonstration of weed, insect and disease identification in vegetables including management options such as inter-row cover crops, grafting and where appropriate, spray options will be used to educate growers. CVP Specialists Judson Reid, DarcyTelenko, and Robert Hadad will instruct participants and facilitate peer-based learning. Details on each topic will focus on field observations at the farm. 

Muck Donut Hour Every Tuesday

August 8, 2017
8:30 - 9:30 AM
Elba, NY

Muck Donut Hour Every Tuesday
Meet with Cornell Vegetable Program Specialist Christy Hoepting every Tuesday morning to ask questions and share your observations.

CANCELLED: Integrated Pest Management in High Tunnels

August 10, 2017
1:00 PM
Gainesville, NY

CANCELLED: Integrated Pest Management in High Tunnels
Join Cornell, NYS IPM, Cornell Vegetable Program, and CCE staff for a discussion on taking a pro-active approach to managing insects and diseases in the high tunnel or greenhouse setting. 

Muck Donut Hour Every Tuesday

August 15, 2017
8:30 - 9:30 AM
Elba, NY

Muck Donut Hour Every Tuesday
Meet with Cornell Vegetable Program Specialist Christy Hoepting every Tuesday morning to ask questions and share your observations.

Fresh Market Minutes - Eden Valley

August 15, 2017
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Eden, NY

Fresh Market Minutes - Eden Valley
Meet with the Cornell Vegetable Program Specialist Darcy Telenko every other Tuesday morning to ask questions and share your observations in fresh market vegetables.

National Apple Crop Insurance Policy Stakeholder Review Meeting

August 16, 2017
10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Rochester, NY

>USDAs Risk Management Agency (RMA) is reviewing the National Apple Crop Insurance Policy for potential changes to be made in crop year 2018. RMA would like to meet with a focus group to discuss current policy issues and concerns. Apple producers, agents, and educators are all invited. RMA desires public input before any changes to the policy are made.

A PowerPoint will be presented that details the New York Apple policy performance and concerns. Experts from RMA's actuarial branch will be available to answer questions.

Sustainable and Organic Vegetable Pest Management Field Day

Event Offers DEC Credits

August 29, 2017
3:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Portland, NY

Sustainable and Organic Vegetable Pest Management Field Day
Join Cornell Vegetable Program Specialists (Telenko, Hadad, Reid) and Cornell University faculty (Wallace, Smart, Reiners, Bjorkman) for an evening of touring Cornell Vegetable Program research sites and answering questions on sustainable and organic pest management options for fresh market vegetable growers. Information will be provided for both conventional and organic growers at all levels of expertise. Network for Environmental and Weather Application (NEWA) will be on-hand to teach growers how they can use the forecasting models for pest management in various crops. Sponsoring industry representatives will have the opportunity to meet with growers to comment on their products.

Berry Crops Field Workshop

August 29, 2017
5pm-7pm
Stephentown, NY

These workshops are directed at the commercial berry grower.
Monitoring for pests, designing an effective pest control program, understanding cultural and chemical SWD management strategies and general troubleshooting will all be part of this workshop.
There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion.

Fresh Market Minutes - Eden Valley

August 29, 2017
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Eden, NY

Fresh Market Minutes - Eden Valley
Meet with the Cornell Vegetable Program Specialist Darcy Telenko every other Tuesday morning to ask questions and share your observations in fresh market vegetables.

Storage Workshop 2017

August 30, 2017
2-4 PM
Rochester, NY

Come join us to hear Dr. Chris Watkins give updates on NY1 and NY2, Gala and Honeycrisp.

New information will also be presented on DCA technology, Harvista and 1-MCP.

2017 Vegetable Pest and Cultural Management Field Meeting - Orleans County

Event Offers DEC Credits

August 30, 2017
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Lyndonville, NY

2017 Vegetable Pest and Cultural Management Field Meeting - Orleans County
This course will demonstrate pest management in fresh market vegetables in both field and greenhouse (high tunnel) vegetables; primarily for those growing for wholesale auction. A hands-on demonstration of weed, insect and disease identification in vegetables including management options such as inter-row cover crops, grafting and where appropriate, spray options will be used to educate growers. CVP Specialists Judson Reid, DarcyTelenko, and Robert Hadad will instruct participants and facilitate peer-based learning. Details on each topic will focus on field observations at the farm. 

September 2017

Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) / Harmonized GAPs Farm Food Safety Training

September 26 - September 27, 2017
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) / Harmonized GAPs Farm Food Safety Training
Farm food safety is common-sense practices organized to assist farmers to improve their skill set to continue to grow safe and healthy food.

Day One of this training will be an educational training on farm food safety principles and practices to provide the background and information for farmers to understand how to minimize the risk of food born disease contamination. Day Two will be for those who want help with writing a farm food safety plan.

October 2017

Season Extension - Stretching Tomato Season and Winter Greens

October 4, 2017
4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Allegany, NY

Season Extension - Stretching Tomato Season and Winter Greens
What do you need to do to stretch out your high tunnel tomato season or establish a profitable crop of winter greens? Meeting the full season's nutritional demands of tomatoes under organic management is challenging. Juggling diverse succession crops and keeping the tunnel profitable year round adds an extra level of difficulty. 

Farm Food Safety and Purchasing Locally Grown Produce: What's It All Mean?

October 17, 2017
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Geneva, NY

Farm Food Safety and Purchasing Locally Grown Produce: What's It All Mean?
Attention locally-grown food buyers, purchasers, distributors, farm-to-school or -institution programs, chefs, and healthy eating programmers: 
Every person that buys locally grown produce directly from farmers should have a basic understanding of the food safety guidelines and practices that the farmers follow. What is GAPs and why is it important to me? This training will allow you to ask your questions and you will leave having a clearer understanding of standards, regulatory requirements, and the practices followed by farmers to reduce microbial risk. 

This workshop will cover programs like GAPs and HGAPs as well as the new federal regulations under the Food Safety Modernization Act. We will also discuss the regulations governing locally processed foods.
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Upcoming Events

Berry Crops Field Workshop

August 29, 2017
5pm-7pm
Stephentown, NY

These workshops are directed at the commercial berry grower.
Monitoring for pests, designing an effective pest control program, understanding cultural and chemical SWD management strategies and general troubleshooting will all be part of this workshop.
There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion.

Best Management Practices for High Tunnel Nutrition and Soil Health

September 13, 2017
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Poughkeepsie, NY

Soil tests, foliar tests, foliar feeds, fertigation, managing for yield...long term soil health in a high tunnel isn't a simple process. It can have a lot of components and require a fair amount of analysis. Cornell Cooperative Extension, partnering with NOFA-NY in a New York Farm Viability Institute funded project, have been working to identify long-term soil health and fertility best management practices. We will share what has been learned.
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Announcements

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.


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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