The objective of this project was to develop a modular workshop-style program for teaching turf managers how to diagnose insect pest problems. Participants work with pin, point, and gel-mounted insect specimens and keys (non-taxonomic, included at end of statement) to learn basic identification of adult and immature stages of common turf pests. Participants also learn field diagnosis of common damage symptoms along with treatment thresholds and other decision making criteria.
This study developed a simple and effective method for using BMSB monitoring tools as a trigger to initiate pest management. Management strategies to determine the most effective and least labor-intensive method for employing pest monitoring and management were recommended and tested in the field. Trapping assessments of populations employed multiple lure formulations in boarder traps, attract and kill strategies and passive trapping to determine presence and density.
February 2015 will go down as one of the coldest on record pushing many vineyards past their hardiness thresholds. On February 16th, early morning temperatures reached damaging levels for most regionally grown grape varieties. NEWA weather stations across the Lake Erie region ranged from -17ᵒF to -29.9ᵒF. These cold temperatures left many grape growers with concerns about freeze damage. In response, the Lake Erie Regional Grape Program (LERGP) personnel combined efforts to determine the effects of the low temperatures.
Drilling the Marcellus shale for natural gas extraction consists of many disparate actions by multiple mining companies, including drilling process, leasing and contracts, spills and violations and water withdrawals. Assembling this data in one model can help make transparent the collective or aggregate impacts (positive and negative) of this industry operating in rural Pennsylvania. Many impacts are felt north of the border in New York State.
20 students worked together across disciplines to address the "wicked problem" of dam removal, including addressing stored sediment, fish passage and habitat, flooding, energy generation, and public space.
Grape rootworm is making a comeback in Lake Erie vineyards, reducing vine size and yield and Cornell extension and research staffs are ensuring growers have the tools needed to effectively manage this pest.
Research-based IPM practices have been developed and modeled for grape pests on the Network for Environment and Weather Applications (NEWA) website. The purpose of this project was to determine if adoption of cost-effective, research-based IPM practices could be increased through a daily email (eNEWA alert) and education of the resources available on NEWA. Forty-seven participants took part in the beta testing of an eNEWA-grape alert.
For over a decade, Cornell scientists have been documenting the critical contributions of roadside ditches to flooding, water pollution, and droughts. A parallel extension effort to highway staff and local governments gained regional recognition when we held a ditch conference for the entire Chesapeake Bay watershed in 2014. Recommendations from this conference were officially adopted in 2016, providing a new suite of tools for communities throughout the Bay watershed to meet their TMDL pollution requirements, as well as to help buffer climate extremes.
Planted stormwater retention and infiltration practices are important for reducing runoff and maximizing green space in urban areas. While a wide variety of herbaceous plants are often successfully used in these spaces ... they can present maintenance issues because of the need to annually cut back dead foliage and stems.
Utilizing woody plants decreases the need for additional seasonal maintenance while successfully adding aesthetic and
functional vegetation to stormwater retention practices.”
The multipronged approach to grower training on the use of NEWA resources by the NYS IPM Program, in conjunction with the Lake Erie Regional Grape Program Extension Team has resulted in savings by Lake Erie Region grape growers of $1 - $25 per acre. NEWA, the Network for Environment and Weather Applications, is a free, web-based weather and pest model information system (http://newa.cornell.edu/).