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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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July 20, 2020

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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
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Resources from CCE ENYCHP!

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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. 

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2020 Biweekly Vegetable News Podcast - Episode 6 7/1/20

July 2, 2020
The July 1st, 2020 edition of the Eastern New York Vegetable News covers the following topics:

Cucurbit Downy Mildew Update (1:05)
Changes to the Paycheck Protection Program (9:10)
Managing Caterpillar Pests in Brassicas (12:53)
Strawberry Renovation (17:56)
Developing a Safety Plan to Comply with NY Forward Phased Re-Opening Requirements (24:12)

Here are links to additional resources mentioned in the episode:

NY Forward Safety Plans
Introductory “how to” video for writing your plan:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2PH3wCgdhc&feature=youtu.be

Cornell Agricultural Workforce Development NY Forward business safety plan support for farms
https://agworkforce.cals.cornell.edu/ny-forward-business-safety-plan/
• Plan templates
• Guidance and considerations for plan writing
• Links to “how to” videos
• Links to additional resources such as log templates, hand washing station plans, and more
• Webinar recordings

NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets novel coronavirus page: Guidance documents for farm businesses in multiple languages
https://agriculture.ny.gov/coronavirus

Strawberry Renovation
For more in-depth information re: strawberry renovation, visit http://www.hort.cornell.edu/fruit/nybn/newslettpdfs/2014/nybn1306.pdf.

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