Extreme winter low temperatures in January and February 2014 caused winter injury to grapevine buds. In response, regional grape extension programs (Lake Erie, Finger Lakes, Hudson Valley, Northern NY) examined buds from over 200 vineyard blocks to characterize the extent of the injury. NYS Dept. of Ag and Markets asked us to assess the resulting crop reduction, to provide backup for a waiver to allow farm winery licencees to purchase fruit out of state.
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.
Late blight is a serious plant disease that affects both gardeners and farmers. Because infected plants produce huge quantities of spores that spread the disease, accurate disease identification and appropriate response are important for everyone in the community growing tomatoes or potatoes. We engaged Cornell Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program coordinators to plan and present a series of five workshops for Master Gardener Volunteers across the state.
When superstorm Sandy opened a breach through Fire Barrier Island both development and natural resources were affected. NY Sea Grant assisted local managers in better understanding the potential impacts of the breach by funding research and disseminating the information through workshops and meetings. Managers are using this information to develop scientifically sound responses for managing this feature
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.
Through an interactive webinar series and accompanying online materials, this project is reaching growers and extension educators with resistance management IPM techniques. To ensure the relevance and usefulness of the information, we have worked with NY growers to evaluate their understanding of pesticide resistance and to develop IPM based plans for resistance management to train other growers in New York State, EPA Region 2 and beyond in IPM methods for pesticide resistance management.
The first annual Community Development Institute took place on July 16 and 17, 2013 on the Cornell campus in Ithaca. This was an opportunity for CaRDI to bring in a diverse group of 25 stakeholders from across the state and, through a range of workshops and exercises, highlight how our trainings and program areas intersect to support informed decision-making at the local level.
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.
Attracting and retaining an educated and skilled workforce is a key to strengthening New York’s competitive edge and supporting its vibrant communities. The CALS NYS Internship Program supports this premise by offering Cornell students an opportunity to combine career-relevant work experience with the chance to develop civic engagement skills while forging meaningful connections with the communities and regions in which they work and live.
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