In order to provide growers, retailers and consumers options, other than banned invasive plants we spearheaded the effort along with Cornell’s invasive species group to compile a list of alternative plants.
This applied research project assesses the incidence and potential management of this emergent pest in on-farm demonstration plots using established trapping and monitoring techniques and tactics, with the collaboration and cooperation of CCE area Extension educators and private consultants, integrating their efforts with research protocols overseen by the co-PIs.
There is growing public concern in the Northeastern U.S. over pesticide use on school and community playing fields. However, there are limited options available for alternative pest management practices for school grounds. Our project will assess the impact of repetitive overseeeding as an alternative pest management practice on school sports fields.
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.
Determining the impact of pesticides on the environment, workers and consumers can be a complex matter, but NY State’s IPM program has been making it easier for growers to decide which pesticide to use for over twenty years. The Environmental Impact Quotient (EIQ) is the formula that simplifies the process. Devised and maintained by the NYS IPM program it is used by growers and crop advisors from NY, the US and abroad. EIQ users enter their crop specifics into the on-line calculator to compare the impact of different pesticides.
In this study, we propose to uncover the soil biota responsible for conferring drought tolerance in tall fescue (Lolium arundinacea L.). The objective of the study focuses on measuring plant-based traits, with a detailed molecular and morphological analysis of soil biological characteristics to determine if specific groups of soil microbiota and invertebrates are correlated with the gradient of drought tolerance. Our long term goal will be to tease apart the biotic mechanisms responsible for greater drought tolerance in drought tolerant turfgrass cultivars.
Eutrophication associated with excess nutrient pollution in shallow marine ecosystems is poorly understood relative to deeper systems. This project investigates various feedbacks that may occur during eutrophication that either aggravate or partially mitigate the effects of nutrient pollution in a shallow estuary. A large reduction in nitrogen loading from the watershed allows a unique opportunity to also study the start of ecosystem recovery.
Producers of conifers in New York, which are used in the Christmas tree and nursery industries, face numerous pest management challenges. From our work with growers over the past several years we have identified and developed expertise on the key insect, disease and weed pests. Through a series of hands-on presentations and on-farm tours this project reached growers and extension educators with integrated pest management techniques for those important pests. Training programs were held throughout NY over the last two years and were well received by growers.
"Baggs Squared" was a 9-month neighborhood placemaking visioning process facilitated by Rust to Green NY and Rust to Green Utica and involving the Bagg's Square Association and an array of cross-sector collaborators representing such groups as the City of Utica and the NY State DOT.
New recommendation tool that clearly display soil nutritional status and needs was created for Lake Erie region grape growers that highlights actions needed to increase soil and vine health.