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Onion Thrips Management Recommendations for 2018

Ethan Grundberg, Vegetable Specialist
Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture

June 7, 2018

Most larger scale onion growers in the region are already familiar with Dr. Brian Nault's insecticide sequence recommendations for onion thrips management. However, more products have been registered in New York in the last few years that provide alternative options for conventional thrips management (specifically Exirel and Minecto Pro). It's worth keeping in mind that Dr. Nault's recommendations are based on two primary principles:

 

  • Scouting and only spraying at threshold: The days of calendar sprays are long gone. Given the cost of some of the newer chemistries used for thrips management, growers must scout fields and confirm that thrips populations have reached a level of at least an average of 1 thrips per leaf before spraying. Spraying before thresholds are reached not only weakens the resistance management strategy (see point 2), but also cuts into grower profits by unnecessarily increasing the number of insecticide applications each year.


  • Resistance management: Onion thrips produce multiple generations each year. They also develop resistance to insecticides more readily than other pests that reproduce more slowly.  One of the goals of the recommended insecticide sequence is to avoid exposing multiple generations per year to the same insecticide. By avoiding the exposure of multiple thrips generations to the same active ingredients in the same year, growers can help preserve the useful life of insecticides that are effective at managing thrips.

 

The chart that follows outlines several different insecticide sequences developed by Dr. Nault for growers to follow depending upon the severity of thrips pressure in the field. It should be noted that, as indicated below, Minecto Pro is a pre-mix of the same active ingredients found in Agri-Mek and Exirel, so it should NOT be used in sequence with those products. Addtionally, almost all of the insecticides listed in the chart should be used with a non-ionic penetrating surfactant, such as Dyne-Amic or LI700. Only Warrior and Lannate are compatible with spreader-sticker type adjuvants. Since Bravo Weatherstik is formulated with a sticker, it should NOT be mixed with Movento, Minecto Pro, Radiant, Exirel, or Agri-Mek.

This article was published in the June 7th 2018, ENYCHP Vegetable News.  Click here to view the full newsletter.

 

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Upcoming Events

October Last Monday Grant Webinar for Fruit and Vegetable Growers

October 28, 2019
4:00 pm

Are you curious about what grants are available to help your farm business?

To help disseminate information on grants on a consistent basis, ENYCH is offering a "current grants" webinar on the last Monday of every month at 4:00pm

Each month's webinar focuses on 1 grant.  The October webinar topic is TBD but might feature Ag Labor Housing Grants.
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Produce Safety Alliance FSMA Grower Training Course

October 30, 2019
8am - 5pm
Canajoharie, NY

A grower training course developed by the Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) that meets the regulatory requirements of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule.  At least one person per farm producing more than $25,000 worth of fruits and vegetables must attend this course once.  Participants will receive a certificate of course completion by the Association of Food and Drug Officials. 

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November 2 - November 19, 2019

Are you a vegetable farmer already using tarps? Or are you wondering if and how tarps could work best on your farm?

The Cornell Small Farms Program is excited to announce a series of workshops on tarping for reduced tillage in small-scale vegetable systems, to be held in Maine and New York this fall. The Reduced Tillage (RT) project of the Cornell Small Farms Program supports farmers in adopting scale-appropriate RT practices that can lead to healthy, productive soils and greater profitability. Through the evaluation of novel tools and methods using systems-based field research and on-farm trials, the project helps farmers learn about the approaches that can work for their farm. This work is accomplished in collaboration with the University of Maine, and with support from Northeast SARE.

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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.

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Climate Change Adaptations

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In this episode regional vegetable specialist Elisabeth Hodgdon interviews University of Vermont PHD student Alissa White about a series of interviews with growers in the north east concerning climate change adaptations.

Listeners can access Alissa White’s climate change adaptation survey report and additional information on the project by clicking on the following link:

https://adaptationsurvey.wordpress.com/results/
Alissa’s project was sponsored by a Northeast SARE Graduate Student Grant (GNE17-163).

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