This webinar series is offered every Thursday from 1-2pm from November thru March. The webinars focus on the latest dairy research and practical on farm information for dairy producers.
Despite the increasing demand for crop pollination and growing consumer preference toward local honey, NYS beekeepers are experiencing excessive and unsustainable colony losses. These losses totaled 54% in 2014 alone, exceeding what beekeepers consider economically sustainable (15-20%) and the national average (42%). The prevalence of Varroa, Nosema, and viruses in colonies, as well as beekeepers’ management practices used to control them, are currently unknown for NYS. These parasites and pathogens have negative implications on NYS agriculture.
The garlic industry in New York has gone through rapid growth in recent years and has an estimated value of $25M at the farm gate. White rot disease, caused by the fungus Sclerotium cepivorum is a destructive disease of Allium spp. It causes major losses to onion and garlic worldwide and occurs in many parts of USA, but is of restricted distribution. The disease has not been reported in NY for many years. However in 2016, samples of garlic from several farms in NY were received from CCE agents and were diagnosed as S. cepivorum.
The website provides knowledge about poverty risk for the individual, and for individuals in other categories of risk. This permits individuals to know their risk in comparison to others. The website has been viewed 758,000 times as of February 12, 2017
My mission is to work with beekeepers in New York State to understand the factors affecting honey bee health, with a focus on pathogens, pesticides, and management practices. I provide extension and education through the NYS Beekeeper Tech Team, the Cornell Master Beekeeper Program, the Pollinator Network Website, and a variety of workshops. The overall goal of beekeeping extension is to improve honey bee colony health and the profitability of the beekeeping industry.
Sustainability is a widely touted management goal for agricultural systems, but given the wide range of concepts and management practices that can be classified as sustainable, identifying the specific research needs of farmers and ultimately consumers is challenging and not entirely self-evident. The commonly used concept of sustainability encompasses environmental, economic, and social components.
The NYS Field Crop Weekly Pest Report provides timely pest information to field crop extension educators and agricultural professionals. The report compiles weekly pest and crop observations collected by field crop extension personnel across NYS. In addition, the weekly report provides a vehicle to disseminate other relevant IPM information such as pest identification, scouting techniques and a calendar with suggestions for pest management activities.
As educators struggle to balance competing demands on time, they continue to voice a need for outstanding program planning resources that are relevant and readily available. Many frequently speak to the importance of an outdated publication from the early 90s which had considerable content value, but until recently existed as an obsolete PDF and which was in need of updating.
Hands-on IPM workshops for Christmas tree growers were held around the state in 2016. Some were held on farm, one at a nursery and one at a CCE office. There were approximately 80 participants.
In recent years there have been several stories in the popular media about individuals finding “ticks” in their Christmas trees. While this finding is not consistent with tick biology, members of the NYS IPM Program decided that the question of whether ticks can be found on Christmas trees should be scientifically evaluated. A total of nine Christmas tree farms in New York State were evaluated for the presence of ticks, including three in each of the following areas: Hudson Valley, Capital District, and Ithaca.