Greenhouse growers in NYS are looking for educational opportunities to learn more about managing their crops to maximize profitability. Annual hands-on workshops in Ithaca were very well received as a method to extend crop management information.
This project brings the workshops to the producers rather than vice versa. Each traveling workshop is adapted to local needs and provides the opportunity to apply the knowledge in a real world setting with a grower-led greenhouse tour.
A cornerstone of IPM is plant problem diagnosis. We make a year-round effort to assist producers of ornamental commodities in NY with their pest diagnosis. When faced with a known pest issue, growers have an opportunity to look at the pest lifecycle and the big picture of their operation and determine which practices may be adjusted in their production systems. During the growing season, troubleshooting takes place though examination of plants in greenhouses and fields, as well as through delivered samples and submitted photos.
On the Cornell University campus in Ithaca, New York, a long-term (12-year) study measured the impacts of a soil remediation strategy on soil quality indicators. The “Scoop & Dump” process of soil remediation consisted of physically fracturing of disturbed compacted soils and incorporating large volumes of compost (33% by volume) with the use of a backhoe or mini excavator. To replenish organic matter, mulch was added annually to the study sites.
Ecological change in large lakes affects the livelihoods of a large number of people. Food web dynamics is at the heart of these changes, as they affect fish and fisheries. We have developed methods to assess the lower trophic levels on which fish depend and are analyzing the effects of ecological change on the whole food web. We are since 2012 the main EPA grantee for monitoring the lower trophic levels of all five Great Lakes, from Superior to Ontario and share this information with managers in the US and Canada
While New York state is urging coastal property owners and managers to use living shorelines as the preferred method for erosion control for environmental reasons, these audiences didn't have the information they needed to make intelligent choices regarding the suitability of this approach for their particular sites. New York Sea Grant organized a workshop that brought together top experts in this field to share their expertise with New York audiences.
When "super storm" Sandy opened a new inlet on the south shore of Long Island, threatening developed areas, the National Park Service requested New York Sea Grant's coastal processes specialist to assist their inter-agency Breach Assessment Team, composed of 35 federal, state and local officials, in evaluating the situation and managing the feature. The specialist provided the group with information on potential breach impacts and worked with university researchers to develop a monitoring program that would provide information needed to properly manage the breach.
Spotted wing drosophila (SWD), Drosophila suzukii, originally from Asia, is an invasive fruit fly that became established in NY and surrounding states in autumn of 2011. Unlike other fruit flies that typically only infest overripe and rotten fruit, female SWD oviposit in ripe fruit, thereby making them unmarketable. Economic loss projections for NY fruit are estimated at $5M. Soft-skinned fruits are at greatest risk.
Graduate students in Landscape Architecture considered re-development options for this last large parcel on Manhattan's west side.
Graduate students in Landscape Architecture and Real Estate engaged in re-development strategies for the new Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island in New York City.