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Pests

Numerous pests affect commercial vegetable production in New York. All stages of plant growth may be susceptible to insects or disease causing pathogens which may result in poor seedling emergence, reduced yields and quality issues. Similarly, weeds compete with vegetable crops for light, nutrients and water often reducing yields. Weeds can also act as a reservoir for insects and diseases. Furthermore, weed seeds and other parts can be a contaminant of certain vegetable crops.

Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture Program Specialists conduct research and educational programs on many important insects, diseases and weeds in New York. While not an exhaustive list, current information on many important vegetable pests can be found below. The most recent pest content is listed below but you can find more pests under the pest categories of Diseases, Insects, and Weeds.

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    Understanding Strawberry Root Problems That Impact Berry Farm Profitability

    Laura McDermott, Team Leader, Small Fruit and Vegetable Specialist
    Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture

    Last Modified: January 17, 2019
    Understanding Strawberry Root Problems That Impact Berry Farm Profitability

    Weed pressure, root disease, plant parasitic nematodes and soil insects have all been identified by strawberry industry groups as barriers to success with strawberry production in the northeast United States.  Research into best management practices has revealed that cover cropping and proper crop rotation will significantly reduce the impact of disease on strawberry production, these recommendations however, are not being used on all farms.   


    Hot Water Seed Treatment Using a Sous Vide Device

    Amy Ivy, Vegetable Specialist
    Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture

    Last Modified: January 14, 2019
    Hot Water Seed Treatment Using a Sous Vide Device

    Learn to use a sous vide device to heat treat seeds as a simple, economical way to control diseases.


    What do biofungicides add to vegetable disease management? Part 1 - Introducing

    Crystal Stewart, Extension Vegetable Specialist
    Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture

    Last Modified: December 12, 2018
    What do biofungicides add to vegetable disease management? Part 1 - Introducing

    During the summer of 2018 Amara Dunn, the NYS IPM biological pest management specialist, worked with colleagues (Elizabeth Buck, Dr. Julie Kikkert, Dr. Margaret McGrath, Jud Reid, and Crystal Stewart) on a project funded by the New York Farm Viability Institute looking at the use of biofungicides (Remember what biofungicides are?) in vegetable disease management. Dr. Darcy Telenko (formerly of the Cornell Vegetable Program) helped plan the project before starting her new position at Purdue University, and Dr. Sarah Pethybridge provided valuable advice based on her extensive work with white mold (including control with biofungicides). BASF, Bayer, BioWorks, Certis, Dow, and Marrone BioInnovations provided product for the field trials.  



    More Pests Content

    Cucurbit Downy Mildew Update
    Insecticides Labeled for Colorado Potato Beetle
    Labeled Insecticides for Control of Spotted Wing Drosophila
    Copper Sprays: How they work and avoiding plant injury
    Onion Thrips Management Recommendations for 2018
    True Armyworms Invading Sweet Corn!
    Allium Leafminer Spring Flight Update
    Cranberry Fruitworms - a significant pest in blueberries.
    OMRI and Conventional Options for Flea Beetle Suppression
    Be on the Lookout for Cucumber Beetles!
    Thrips damage to High Tunnel Cucumbers
    A Spring Tale of Springtails
    Lookout for Leek Moth
    Common Asparagus Beetle Management During Harvest Season
    Start managing for bacterial diseases in field tomatoes at transplanting
    Weed Control and Plastic Mulches
    Allium Leafminer Spring Flight Has Begun
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    Upcoming Events

    PSA Grower Training Course

    February 19, 2019
    8:00am- 5:15pm
    Albany, NY

    The course will provide a foundation of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) and co-management information, FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirements, and details on how to develop a farm food safety plan.

    The Course is designed for fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety. The PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in 112.22(c) that requires at least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.

    Registration is mandatory for this event.   
    Hosted by CCE Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program during our 2019 Fruit and Vegetable Conference. Note: You do NOT need to register for the Fruit and Vegetable Conference to attend this training. 


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    2019 Eastern New York Fruit and Vegetable Conference

    February 19, 2019 : Day 1: Tree Fruit, Small Fruit & Business Management

    February 20, 2019 : Day 2: General, Vegetable, Tree Fruit

    February 21, 2019 : Day 3: Fertility, CSA, Irrigation, Grapes

    Join us for the 2nd Annual Eastern NY Fruit and Vegetable Conference! This year we will be expanding our conference to include a third day and many exciting new sessions. Preliminary agenda is now available. Mark your calendars, and don't miss this great line-up!

    DEC credits have been awarded - see program for details. 

    Multi day discounts are available for two and three day registrations. 


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    Last Monday Grant Webinar for Fruit and Vegetable Growers - February

    February 25, 2019
    12:00-1:00

    To help disseminate information on grants on a more consistent basis, we will be offering a "current grants" webinar on the last Monday of every month at noon

    In order to help focus the program, the webinars will be limited to grants that are relevant to fruit and vegetable farmers in Eastern New York.

    There is a possibility of webinars related to grants for experimental crops (i.e. hops and hemp) if it is likely that fruit and vegetable growers would be interested.

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    Announcements

    ENYCHP Fruit and Vegetable Conference Feb 19-21

    Join us for the 2nd Annual Eastern NY Fruit and Vegetable Conference! This year we will be expanding our conference to include a third day and many exciting new sessions. Speakers, topic details, and registration information currently available. Mark your calendars, and don't miss this great line-up!

    Tuesday February 19th- Thursday 21st, 2019

    Desmond Conference Center
    660 Albany Shaker Rd
    Albany, NY 12211

    Click here to register


    NYSBGA & CCE Blueberry Intensive Workshop

    The New York State Berry Growers Association (NYSBGA) has partnered with Cornell Cooperative Extension to bring growers a pair of winter Blueberry Intensive Workshops. An in-depth look at growing and management techniques, pest and diseases, profitability tools, and more, the Blueberry Intensive Workshops will feature 10 expert speakers from Cornell University, Cornell CCE, New York State IPM, Rutgers University, and Pennsylvania State University, as well as owners of successful area farms. The workshops will be held in Ellicottville, New York on March 5, 2019, and in Millbrook, New York on March 14, 2019. The cost to attend is $35 for current NYSBGA members and $45 for non-members.  To register, click here.

    Growers who attend the workshops will learn about:
    • Choosing and preparing a site for blueberry production
    • Blueberry diseases and management strategies
    • Blueberry insect pest management
    • Using the NEWA blueberry pest and disease models to best advantage
    • Alternative options for markets
    • Using a new berry crops profitability tool
    • How area farms have ensured success in their blueberry growing program
    • Nutrition for blueberries
    • Post-harvest handling to reduce pest damage and improve fruit quality
    • Correct pruning techniques, with a live, hands-on demonstration
    • Pest scouting and weed management


    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


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