Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture Enrollment

Program Areas

  • Food Safety
  • Variety Evaluation
  • Market Development
  • Pest Management
  • Cultural Practices

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  • Telephone / Email Consultations
  • Newsletter
  • Direct Mailings
  • Educational Meetings & Conferences
  • In-Field Educational Opportunities
  • On-Farm Research Trials

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Specialists

The Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture Program Specialists work together with Cornell faculty and extension educators statewide to address the issues that impact the vegetable industry. Our Specialists have varying areas of expertise but work as a team to provide educational programs and information to commercial growers, processors and agri-business professionals in our region.


Ethan Grundberg

Ethan Grundberg

Vegetable Specialist

Areas of Interest: Organic Production Systems, Small Farm Equipment, IPM, Cover Crops

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Elisabeth Hodgdon

Elisabeth Hodgdon

Vegetable Specialist

Areas of Interest: Pest management, high tunnel production, season extension, organic agriculture

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Elizabeth Higgins

Elizabeth Higgins

Business Management Specialist

Areas of Interest: Business Management & Planning, Risk Management, Agricultural Economics

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Jim Meyers

Jim Meyers

Viticulture Specialist

Areas of Interest: Viticulture
Crops: Grapes

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Mike Basedow

Mike Basedow

Tree Fruit Specialist

Areas of Interest: Cultural practices, training systems, beginning orchards, cider orchards
Crops: Apples, Cherries, Peaches, Pears, Plums

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Chuck Bornt

Chuck Bornt

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

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Dan Donahue

Dan Donahue

Tree Fruit Specialist

Areas of Interest: Horticulture, orchard management, post harvest technology
Crops: Apples, Apricots, Peaches, Pears, Plums

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Laura McDermott

Laura McDermott

Team Leader, Small Fruit and Vegetable Specialist

Areas of Interest: Horticultrue, IPM, High Tunnel Production, & Food Safety
Crops: Blueberries, Raspberries / Blackberries, Unusual Fruit

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Teresa Rusinek

Teresa Rusinek

Vegetable Specialist

Areas of Interest: Pest ID, Pest Control Recommendations, Biocontrols, Greenhouse Vegetables and Ornamentals
Crops: Squash - Summer, Squash- Winter, Sweet Corn, Tomatoes

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Crystal Stewart-Courtens

Crystal Stewart-Courtens

Extension Vegetable Specialist

Areas of Interest: Small and Beginning Farms, Organic Production Systems, Garlic

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Maire Ullrich

Maire Ullrich

Vegetable Specialist

Areas of Interest: Muck Soils, Onions, Ethnic Vegetables, Marketing, Labor Relations
Crops: Carrots, Ethnic Vegetables, Lettuce / Leafy Greens, Onions

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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

Announcements

U-Pick Farm Practices During Covid-19 Pandemic

U-Pick is a critical direct marketing approach for many of our farms and provides
customers with a unique connection to fresh produce grown close to home. In light
of what we understand about the spread of COVID-19, new management practices
will be needed to protect your farm team and your customers. This document
provides recommended practices and communication strategies for U-Pick
operations for the 2020 season.

https://rvpadmin.cce.cornell.edu/uploads/doc_864.pdf

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


Podcasts

2020 Biweekly Vegetable News Podcast - Episode 8- 7/29/20

July 29, 2020
The July 29, 2020 edition of the Eastern New York Vegetable News covers the following topics:
• Stink bug injury and gold flecking in tomatoes (1:14)
• Pandemic unemployment assistance and COVID-19 tax credits for paid leave (5:51)
• Pest management in wash/pack sheds (8:43)
• 2020 Pea variety trial research results (13:41)
• Irrigation for berry production (28:26)

Here are links to research and resources mentioned in this episode:

Pandemic unemployment insurance
https://dol.ny.gov/pandemic-unemployment-assistance

COVID-19 Tax credits for paid leave
https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/covid-19-related-tax-credits-for-required-paid-leave-provided-by-small-and-midsize-businesses-faqs

Pest management in wash/pack sheds and water testing reminder
Map to locate a water testing lab near you:
https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=1C8KHM6jJszj9auYQttUbVtPKtb4eEBSJ&ll=42.61785481629028%2C-74.43670986250001&z=6

2020 Pea variety trial research results
Research report: https://rvpadmin.cce.cornell.edu/uploads/doc_908.pdf

Irrigation for Berry Production
For more in depth information about choosing an irrigation system, refer to the Pennsylvania State University Ag Alternatives fact sheet titled: Irrigation for Fruit and Vegetable Production.
https://rvpadmin.cce.cornell.edu/uploads/doc_910.pdf

Stink Bug Injury and Gold Flecking in Tomatoes
https://rvpadmin.cce.cornell.edu/uploads/doc_909.pdf

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