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/).
In order to communicate with a wide diversity of stakeholders quickly and economically, and to provide information to stakeholders we may not be able to communicate with directly, a range of electronic methods of communication and information exchange on ornamental IPM have been created. These include improvements to the website, expanded Pest Alerts, the development of blogs, and a Twitter feed.
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.
The wholesale value of horticulture specialty crops (defined as greenhouse, nursery, and related crops such as seeds and vegetable transplants) was $11.7 billion in 2009, the last year such comprehensive data was available (USDA NASS, 2010). Greenhouse production, a.k.a. controlled environment agriculture (CEA), is particularly important for growers faced with temperate and colder climates that make structures such as greenhouses and high tunnels vital for season extension and year-round production of flowers and edibles.
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 Small is Beautiful project provided reimbursements for garden-based supplies to eight Cornell Cooperative Extension garden-based learning projects across New York State, reaching over 700 youth and adults. Five of these gardens would not have been able to get started without this assistance.
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.
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.
Collective efforts by regional grape programs gathered winter damage data on grape vines resulting in NY Ag and markets to allow farm wineries to purchase out-of-state fruit or juice from 15 grape varieties that were found to be damaged
In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy NY Sea Grant worked with State officials and marina industry representatives to help business get the resources they needed to begin to recover from this disaster. NYSG documented storm related losses and assisted industry leaders and state officials in identifying, implementing and increasing awareness of grant programs to facilitate recovery efforts. These efforts helped marinas receive over $10 million in storm recovery grants representing the largest percentage of money awarded for any small business sector in the state.