NYS IPM Weekly Field Crops Pest Report 2016

Date: 

2016

Summary: 

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. The pest report is distributed on a Cornell Cooperative Extension Blog site http://blogs.cornell.edu/ipmwpr/. Subscribers (130) to this blog include: Extension Educators, crop consultants, growers, agribusiness, and Cornell University Faculty. We also place the blog link on the NYS IPM facebook page (612 followers) and NYS IPM Field Crops Twitter account (390 followers). Twenty issues of the NYS Weekly Pest Report were published in 2015. Extension Educators and crop consultants utilize the Weekly Report as an overview of timely pest information, and have found the report useful in alerting their local clientele regarding pest management issues. Results from an evaluation survey indicate users extended articles from the report to approximately 5,000 individuals by reposts via webpages, list-servers and republication in newsletters. Many crop consultants who responded indicated they used pest report information directly with growers.

Issue: 

Field crops comprise about 90 percent of agricultural crops grown and harvested in New York. Crop production has many pest-related issues and management challenges. It is important that producers learn to protect the environment, optimize net profitability, and reduce health risks relative to using IPM.

Response: 

The weekly field-crops pest report provides extension educators and crop consultants with timely information on specific pests during the course of the growing season to help inform crop and pest management decisions. The report was developed by the Livestock and Field Crop IPM Program Team with the involvement of several Cornell faculty, extension educators and crop consultants across New York. It compiles what pests were seen, and where, and the amount and potential significance of crop infestation in any given week. It provides educational information for extension educators and crop consultants to use in their programming, newsletters, list-servers, and outreach. It informs extension educators and crop consultants on items of immediate pest management concern and provides a convenient news summary, which can also be used as an outreach multiplier with their clientele. Extension educators and crop consultants can select the pest information that best fits their situation and clientele’s needs. The report is short and concise and contains links to pest identification photographs and additional management information.

Impact: 

Feedback from a survey administered at the completion of each growing season indicates the New York State Field Crops Pest Report is overwhelmingly well received by field crops extension staff , crop consultants and growers. In addition to immediate use by extension personnel and crop consultants, the Weekly Report also had a multiplier effect as a source of information used in an array of educational methods. The most common method was to use specific pest information from the report in Cornell Cooperative Extension's agricultural newsletters and reports. About 5,000 growers and agribusiness people received pest information from the New York State Field Crops Pest Report during the growing season, and extension educators reprinted many articles in their county agricultural newsletters. Some educators sent the pest report directly to growers, crop consultants, and agribusiness people via email. Most recipients had positive comments about the report and how they were using the information. Many indicated that they used the pest report in field visits and meetings. Some crop consultants stated they would use information directly with their clients. Growers also stated that they found the pest report useful to their farming operation and said it alerted them to current pest issues. Respondents of the survey overwhelmingly indicated that they liked and appreciated the timely information.

Submitted by: 

  • Wise, Kenneth L

Researchers involved: 

  • Wise, Kenneth L
  • Waldron, John K

International focus: 

  • United States of America

United States focus: 

  • New York