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.
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.
New York sod producers are tasked with meeting high consumer expectations of pest and pathogen-free turf. Current options for pest control in sod are limited, and sod producers have voiced a need for improved alternative pest control options. Entomopathogenic nematodes (EPNs) have shown promise in biological control of turf pests, and there are many species available commercially. Commercial EPNs, however, exhibit poor persistence in the field, require multiple applications, and are typically too costly for use in sod production.
Annual Bluegrass Weevil (ABW) is one of the most troublesome pests of golf turfgrass. ABW management has relied heavily on pyrethroid insecticides, and overuse of these products has resulted in insecticide resistance. Few biological control practices are available for ABW management, and those that are available exhibit low efficacy due in part to poor establishment in turf soils. Our project seeks to identify novel applications of biological control agents against ABW.
Development of strategies to make the Broadway corridor in Manhattan from Madison Square Park to Union Square park more pedestrian oriented and safe. This would also enhance economic development
Soil organic matter is critical for soil productivity, water quality and balancing greenhouse gases. Yet, our understanding of its properties and dynamics is still scant. Particularly the modeling of its behavior under future global change including climate warming has proven to pose significant challenges. The current activities provide a path forward in taking critical hurdles in our understanding of the fine-scale distribution of organic matter in soil and how this generates new ways of modeling soil organic matter behavior.
This project seeks to determine if cultural practices (compost and sand application) can be used on golf course fairways to improve biological control of annual bluegrass weevil (ABW) using entomopathogenic nematodes. Composts and sand alter soil physical and chemical conditions. These changes in soil conditions may improve soil habitat traits for nematodes, and thus may improve establishment and efficacy of nematodes against ABW. We will assess the relationship between golf course cultural practices and biological control on golf courses in Central and Western, NY.
Severe honey bee colony losses have occurred in New York for the past several years. These losses have greatly impacted full-time commercial beekeepers (>500 colonies), sideliners (50-500 colonies) and hobby beekeepers (<50 colonies) across the state. Beekeepers have expressed concern over how pesticides may be impacting colony health, yet the breadth and risk from pesticide exposure is largely unknown. To get a better handle on the situation, we designed two major field studies to quantify pesticide residues and risk across several sites throughout NYS.
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/).