Areas of Interest: Organic Production Systems, Small Farm Equipment, IPM, Cover Crops
Business Management Specialist
Areas of Interest: Business Management & Planning, Risk Management, Agricultural Economics
Team Leader, Extension Vegetable Specialist
Areas of Interest: Reduced Tillage, Production Systems, Pest ID and Control
Crops: Cucumbers, Melons, Potatoes, Pumpkins / Gourds, Squash - Summer, Squash- Winter, Sweet Corn, Sweet Potatoes, Tomatoes
Tree Fruit Specialist
Areas of Interest: Horticulture, orchard management, post harvest technology
Crops: Apples, Apricots, Peaches, Pears, Plums
Areas of Interest: High tunnel production, IPM, biocontrols
Crops: Broccoli, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Lettuce / Leafy Greens, Onions
Food Safety Educator Specialist
Areas of Interest: Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) Education, On-farm Food Safety
Team Leader, Small Fruit and Vegetable Specialist
Areas of Interest: Horticultrue, IPM, High Tunnel Production, & Food Safety
Crops: Blueberries, Raspberries / Blackberries, Unusual Fruit
Small Fruit and Grape Specialist
Areas of Interest: Horticulture, IPM, Weed Management
Crops: Blueberries, Raspberries / Blackberries, Strawberries, Grapes
Areas of Interest: Pest ID, Pest Control Recommendations, Biocontrols, Greenhouse Vegetables and Ornamentals
Crops: Squash - Summer, Squash- Winter, Sweet Corn, Tomatoes
Extension Vegetable Specialist
Areas of Interest: Small and Beginning Farms, Organic Production Systems, Garlic
Areas of Interest: Muck Soils, Onions, Ethnic Vegetables, Marketing, Labor Relations
Crops: Carrots, Ethnic Vegetables, Lettuce / Leafy Greens, Onions
Tree Fruit and Grape Specialist
Areas of Interest: Orchard management, cold climate grapes, IPM
Crops: Apples, Apricots, Grapes, Peaches
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