Over 30 growers are successfully using the H-2A program in W.N.Y. with over 400 workers in the program. These thirty farms represent over 6,000 acres of fruit, bearing on average 850 bushels to the acre, at a value of over $41 million dollars to the farm, without the added value of storage, packing and marketing.There are many more growers exploring the use of this program for use next year because of the loss of workers during the fall of 2011.
Scientists from Cornell University’s New York State Agricultural Experiment Station have partnered with the Geneva City School District to enhance elementary science education and bring agricultural science to Geneva third- and fourth-grade students. Kids learn about soil, plants, genetics, insects, microbes, food safety, plant diseases, sustainability and food production through an inquiry-based (garden-based), hands-on program.
Bacterial canker of cherry is favored by cool temperatures, rain, and high humidity. Disease spread within the orchard is favored by rain and wind. Symptoms include blossom blast, spur blight, twig blight, canker, gummosis, leaf spots, and fruit spots. Infected trees may show barely discernible symptoms or the entire tree may wilt, turn brown and die. The disease is high on the list of research priorities for fruit IPM in New York. It is difficult to manage bacterial canker and prevent tree loss.
This project examines why people trust science and scientists and what influences their attitudes toward scientific research in new and emerging areas of technology, such as nanoscale science and engineering (NSE). As communication researchers, our particular interests include looking at how people evaluate the communication they receive about science, either in person or through the mass media, and how this information relates to their attitudes toward science and scientists.
Some apple varieties are susceptible to a storage disorder known as external carbon dioxide injury. The most susceptible varieties, McIntosh, Empire and Cortland, are important for the New York industry.
This injury is visible on the skin of the fruit and can result in serious economic losses. Risk of injury is greater when fruit has been stored with the new SmartFresh technology that has had a huge positive impact for many New York apple varieties by maintaining texture not only during storage during marketing and in consumers' homes.
The Finger Lakes Grape Program (FLGP) is a regional extension program of Cornell Cooperative Extension serving the grape and wine industry of the Finger Lakes, particularly in Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, and Yates counties
This project is designed to investigate the metabolic basis of oil production in oilseed rape (known as "canola" in Canada) in relation to the use of the oil as an alternative energy source or a chemical feedstock. Initial work is focused on the role of membrane transport systems in supplying carbohydrate to the site of oil synthesis in the developing seeds.
Implementing mating disruption technology for large scale control of fruit feeding pests in apples reduced fruit damage from 14 percent to 0.1 percent. This technology essentially eliminated detection of larvae in apples and reduced insecticide applications to control these pests from seven per season to two per season.
At current wheat prices, changes in management practices can improve wheat productivity and profitability. Winter wheat yields exceeding 100 bushels per acre in New York are a reality. For the past three seasons, the NWNY Team has worked with top-yielding producers and local consultants to promote high yielding wheat practices through grower field day, on-farm research, and winter meetings.
Nutrition programming through Cooperative Extension programs focus not only on updated nutrition content but also the quality of program delivery and lasting behavioral impacts in the target audience. To this end, trainings on both nutrition content, facilitation methods and program management are delivered in county, regional, statewide and multi-state settings.