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Resources

We have compiled a list of useful resources for growers, consultants and agri-business people, organized by category. We hope that these websites can provide you with additional information, photos, and guidance.



GENERAL

Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE)

The Cornell Cooperative Extension website provides an overview of CCE programs across New York State.

http://cce.cornell.edu


Cornell Fruit

Cornell University fruit site including berry news.

http://www.fruit.cornell.edu/berry/index.htm


Scaffold Fruit Journal

Scaffolds Fruit Journal provides weekly update on pest management and crop development.

http://www.scaffolds.entomology.cornell.edu/


New York Fruit Quarterly

The New York Fruit Quarterly is printed 4 times a year providing fruit and technology updates.

http://nyshs.org/fruit-quarterly/past-issues/


New York Berry News

New York Berry News is a monthly online publication that provides a statewide perspective on the production of berry crops in New York.

http://www.fruit.cornell.edu/nybn/index.html


BUSINESS

Cornell Small Farms Program

http://www.smallfarms.cornell.edu


NE Beginning Farmer Program

http://nebeginningfarmers.org/


Cornell Cooperative Extension Ag Exchange

http://agexchange.cce.cornell.edu/index.php?view=main&cityid=0


GUIDELINES

Cornell Veg Crop & Pest Management Guidelines

Integrated Crop and Pest Management Guidelines for Commercial Vegetable provides up-to-date vegetable crop production information for New York State. Included are cultural and pest management strategies for the major vegetable crops grown in New York State. It has been designed as a practical guide for vegetable crop producers, crop consultants, ag chemical dealers, and others who advise vegetable crop producers.

Guidelines may be purchased from The Cornell Store. You may purchase a print copy, online access, or a "bundle" which will get you a print copy and online access.

https://store.cornell.edu/c-875-pmep-guidelines.aspx


Organic Production Guides

Organic Integrated Pest Management for 8 vegetable groups, tree & small fruit, and grapes, and more

http://nysipm.cornell.edu/organic_guide/


Cornell Pest Management Guidelines

Cornell Pest Management Guidelines for Commercial Tree Fruit & Berry Crops can be purchased here.

https://store.cornell.edu/c-875-pmep-guidelines.aspx


GREENHOUSE & TUNNELS

Cornell University High Tunnel

This site provides growers with more information from Cornell's high tunnel team: types of structures, business and marketing resources, and crops that grow particularly well in the tunnel environment.

http://hightunnels.cals.cornell.edu/


SARE Season Extension Topic Room

A section of the Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) website, the season extension topic room provides nationwide research in the areas of variety trials, fertility management, pest management, water management, energy, and marketing and economics.

http://www.sare.org/Learning-Center/Topic-Rooms/Season-Extension-Topic-Room


PESTS

Network for Environment & Weather Awareness (NEWA)

Awareness for disease, insect and weather forecasts

http://newa.cornell.edu/


NYS IPM Program

Developing sustainable ways to manage pests and help people to use methods that minimize environmental, health, and economic risks.

http://www.nysipm.cornell.edu/


SOIL HEALTH

The Cornell Nutrient Analysis Laboratory

Provide accurate and cost effective analysis of soil (Cornell Soil Health Test, Illinois Soil Nutrient Test, other specialized soil tests), plant and water samples.

http://cnal.cals.cornell.edu


Cornell Soil Health

Information to help you return your soil to a healthy state or keep an already good soil productive.

http://soilhealth.cals.cornell.edu


SARE Cover Crop Topic Room

A section of the Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education (SARE) website, the cover crop topic room provides educational materials developed from cover crop research. Topics include selection and management, economics, establishment, rotations, soil and fertility management, water management, pest management, and no-till.

http://www.sare.org/Learning-Center/Topic-Rooms/Cover-Crop-Topic-Room


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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 - 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.
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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.
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Garlic Twilight Meeting

Event Offers DEC Credits

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

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.

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Announcements

ENYCHP is Hiring!

Cornell University Cooperative Extension seeks Tree Fruit and Viticulture Specialists for Dynamic Extension and Research Career

The Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program is looking for two fruit specialists to work with the dynamic agriculture industry located in the Hudson Valley, the greater Capital District and the Champlain Valley. The Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program covers 17 counties in Eastern NY and conducts applied research and extension education that supports fruit and vegetable producers in the eastern NY region.

The Fruit Specialist is primarily a Tree Fruit specialist and will work with large apple growers in the Champlain Valley and with smaller diversified growers in the Upper Hudson and Mohawk valley area. This individual will work closely with the tree fruit specialist in the Hudson Valley and with CCE colleagues in the Lake Ontario region and faculty at Cornell.

The Fruit Specialist job posting will expire on Friday, June 30th. Please access the application information through these links:

• Cornell Careers: http://tiny.cc/Fruit_WDR_00010749
• Academic Jobs Online (AJO): https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/9171

Additionally, in response to a rapidly growing wine and grape production industry (see Eastern NY Grape Industry Growth Prompts Marketing Initiatives, Specialist Hiring), the program is for the first time recruiting a full-time viticulture specialist to develop a program serving both established vineyards and wineries in the Hudson Valley and also newer growers with cold-hardy hybrid cultivars in the Albany to Lake Champlain region. Resources for research include plantings at the Hudson Valley Laboratory in Highland, NY and the Willsboro research farm on Lake Champlain.

The Viticulture Specialist job posting will expire on Wednesday, May 31st. The links to that application are:

• AJO: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/8872
• Cornell Careers: http://tiny.cc/Viticulture_WDR_00009979

For more information, contact Search leader: Laura McDermott, lgm4@cornell.edu, ENYCHP Team leader


Learn How to Scout Fresh Market Sweet Corn

Watch The Scouting Video Here: https://youtu.be/p6wSrepyuLw

Sweet Corn Pheromone Trap Network Report Blog: http://sweetcorn.nysipm.cornell.edu/

Scouting Form: https://nysipm.cornell.edu/sites/nysi

This video will show you how to scout your sweet corn for major corn pests. It will help you identify the common pests, tell you when to start scouting, how to use and fill-out the scouting form and where to find recommendations on what to do if you are over threshold.



Grape Specialist Hiring in Eastern New York

Eastern NY Grape Industry Growth Prompts Marketing Initiatives, Specialist Hiring
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Eastern New York grape and wine industry growth is sparking innovative marketing initiatives and the hiring of a new regional grape specialist.

The "October 2016 Grape Production in the Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture Region" report by Elizabeth Higgins, business management specialist, Hudson Valley Lab, Highland, NY, quantifies industry growth as:
. a 34 percent increase in the number of grape-growing operations 2007-2012 with a 50 percent increase in grape acres,
. the 2001-2012 doubling of grape production acres in Ulster, Columbia, Dutchess and Orange counties,
. 2001-2012 growth from nearly zero to 100-plus grape acres in Clinton, Essex, Saratoga and Washington counties, and
. 108 wineries affiliated with local grape production; with new wineries expected.


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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