Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE)
The Cornell Cooperative Extension website provides an overview of CCE programs across New York State.
Cornell University fruit site including berry news.
Scaffold Fruit Journal
Scaffolds Fruit Journal provides weekly update on pest management and crop development.
New York Fruit Quarterly
The New York Fruit Quarterly is printed 4 times a year providing fruit and technology updates.
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.
Cornell Small Farms Program
NE Beginning Farmer Program
Cornell Cooperative Extension Ag Exchange
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.
Organic Production Guides
Organic Integrated Pest Management for 8 vegetable groups, tree & small fruit, and grapes, and more
Cornell Pest Management Guidelines
Cornell Pest Management Guidelines for Commercial Tree Fruit & Berry Crops can be purchased here.
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.
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.
Network for Environment & Weather Awareness (NEWA)
Awareness for disease, insect and weather forecasts
NYS IPM Program
Developing sustainable ways to manage pests and help people to use methods that minimize environmental, health, and economic risks.
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.
Cornell Soil Health
Information to help you return your soil to a healthy state or keep an already good soil productive.
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.
Effective Orchard Spraying & Navigating NEWA Workshop- Champlain Valley
March 28, 2017Effective Orchard Spraying - Morning
Understand how to improve your timeliness and therefore apply sprays when needed and not be forever chasing the calendar. Correct application at the correct time will allow you to make better use of your time and materials over the season.
Navigating NEWA - Afternoon
Learn the ins-and-outs of the NEWA system (Network for Environment and Weather Applications). Learn how to efficiently navigate the NEWA interface, including how to get weather data, access station specific pages, and effectively utilize models for insects, diseases, crop thinning, and irrigation.
Bring your Laptop or Smart Device!!
***PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED! ***
Hudson Valley Orchard Scouting & NEWA Orchard Models Workshop
March 30, 2017Interested in learning how utilize the NEWA orchard models and learn pest scouting techniques to improve your orchard pest management? NEWA Coordinator Dan Olmstead, HVRL entomologist Peter Jentsch, HVRL plant pathologist Dr. Srdjan Acimovic, and ENYCHP tree fruit specialist Dan Donahue will be presenting a workshop at the Cornell Hudson Valley Research Lab on March 30th from 10 am to 3:00 pm.
Pruning Demonstration Day
March 30, 2017You are invited to join Laura McDermott and Jim O'Connell, Berry Educators for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Eastern NY, for a pruning demonstration on mature blueberries on Thursday, March 30th.
Red Hook, NY
White Rot Update
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