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New website helps fruit growers solve problems

homepageWith the launch of the revamped Cornell Fruit Resources website, New York growers have a new resource this season to help keep them productive and profitable.

“The site is a one-stop shop for commercial fruit growers to access the wealth of information available through Cornell to help them solve production, pest, food safety, business and other problems,” says Julie Carroll, fruit IPM coordinator with the New York State Integrated Pest Management (NYSIPM ) Program, who spearheaded the update.

Subsites for tree fruit, grape and berry producers help them zero in on production, IPM and post-harvest information tailored specifically to their crops. The site also features resources on topics of interest to all fruit growers, including food safety, business management and marketing.

The site will also help you find:

The site is also designed to make it easy to use on tablets, phones and other devices.

“It’s amazing how much reliable, useful information based on Cornell research is available,” says Carroll. “And this site will help you get to what you need to know – fast.”

 

Parasitizing Wasps Offer Hope Against Devastating Lily Beetle

Lily leaf beetle adult on Asiatic lily. Photo by Joellen Lampman.

Lily leaf beetle adult on Asiatic lily. Photo by Joellen Lampman.

By Krishna Ramanujan, reposted from CALS News 2017-07-10]:

Many gardeners across New York state have given up on growing lilies, thanks to the lily leaf beetle, which has devastated the plants in many areas statewide, across the Northeast and in Canada.

But now researchers have released parasitoid wasps as a natural control and alternative to pesticides at three test sites across the state through a project of the New York State Integrated Pest Management (NYS IPM) program at Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), working with Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE).

The small, bright red lily leaf beetle (Lilioceris lilii) feeds on native and cultivated oriental lily varieties. Their larvae are small grubs that are less than 1 millimeter when first hatched and grow to roughly one-and-a-quarter centimeters (or half-an-inch), and they cover themselves in fecal matter, which may make them taste foul to birds and other predators.

The three types of tiny parasitoid wasps (Tetrastichus setifer, Lemophagus errabundus and Diaparsis jucunda) specifically target lily leaf beetles by laying eggs in the beetle larvae. The beetle larvae drop to the ground to pupate, but when they have been parasitized, adults never emerge because the wasps pupate within the beetle pupae, killing them and emerging in the spring.

Entomologists at the University of Rhode Island began evaluating the native-European wasps in 1999 to make sure they were safe for other insects and had them approved for release by the United States Department of Agriculture.

Eshenaur, Lamb

Eshenaur, Lamb

Project researchers – led by the NYS IPM ornamentals team, Brian Eshenaur and Elizabeth Lamb – will collect beetle larvae at the test sites next June and send them to the University of Rhode Island to check if they are parasitized and determine whether the wasps overwintered and are establishing themselves in New York state.

“It’s not a fast process, but it has the advantage in that if those wasps get established in New York, then we have continuing control that doesn’t require any pesticides,” said Lamb. If the wasps do establish themselves, lily leaf beetle levels could decline enough for lilies to thrive.

A 2015 survey of CCE educators by Eshenaur found that lily leaf beetles were present in 30 New York counties, with 73 percent of those counties reporting high damage. Also, 58 percent of those surveyed said that lily sales were down and consumers had stopped growing lilies in their areas.

The wasps have been released at CCE sites in Putnam and Albany counties, and at Cornell’s Long Island Horticultural Research and Extension Center. An additional release will take place at the Erie County CCE. Before releasing the wasps, the researchers collected beetle larvae at those sites to check whether wasps that had been released and established in other states may have moved into New York and already parasitized the beetle larvae.

Eshenaur and Lamb received a three-year, $60,000 grant from CALS in 2016 to release the parasitoid wasps and gather information on whether the wasps will establish themselves in the state. They will also do outreach about the project and create a fact sheet on the wasps. “The project is an important interaction between IPM on campus working with counties and having that move out to the general population,” Lamb said. “It’s a way of getting the word out about the concepts of integrated pest management, so that people realize there are alternatives in some cases.”

Lisa Tewksbury, a research associate at the University of Rhode Island’s Biological Control Lab, leads efforts there to produce the wasps, get them approved and test larvae to see if they are parasitized.

This article also appeared in the Cornell Chronicle.

Outstanding work, advocacy earn Excellence in IPM award for Cornell Cooperative Extension educator

Christy Hoepting

Christy Hoepting

From the NYSIPM Program:

GENEVA, NY, March 8, 2017: Christy Hoepting grew up on a small farm north of Toronto, Ontario. Enrolling at the University of Guelph, a top-tier ag school, was a natural fit. And though she focused on onion production while doing applied research for her master’s degree, she never dreamed she’d make a career of it. But then her advisor told her that a job with cooperative extension had opened up in western New York. She suggested that Hoepting apply. The interview, after all, would be a good learning experience.

“What’s extension?” Hoepting remembers asking. But exceptional preparation and delivery were second nature for Hoepting. She got the job.

Now, for her exemplary work on behalf of farmers, not just in the rich muck-soil region of western New York but statewide and nationally, Hoepting has earned an Excellence in IPM award from the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program (NYS IPM) at Cornell University. IPM weaves together a broad range of tactics that minimize the environmental, health and economic risks of pests and pesticides both.

“Christy is a star in Cornell Cooperative Extension,” says Brian Nault, a professor of entomology at Cornell. “She’s a gifted educator and advocate, more passionate and successful in promoting IPM practices than just about anyone I know.” While onions are Hoepting’s main research focus — they’re a high-value crop for New York, with annual sales upward of $40 million — growers in western New York also welcome her expertise in cabbage, broccoli and garlic.

Read the whole article.

Greenhouse/High Tunnel Vegetable IPM webinars start February 9

high tunnel tomatoes

From Betsy Lamb, NYS Integrated Pest Management Program:

We will be holding a series of short webinars on Greenhouse/High Tunnel Vegetable IPM on Thursdays from 12-1 in February and March.  The intent is for each topic to be briefly covered and then followed by discussion:

  • Feb 9 and Feb 16: Basics of light, water fertility, media as they relate to pest management
  • Feb 23: Vegetable crop production in greenhouses and high tunnels
  • Mar 2: Disease management in greenhouses and high tunnels
  • Mar 9: Insect management in greenhouses and high tunnels
  • Mar 16: Weed management in greenhouses and high tunnels, especially in winter production
  • Mar 23: How to write/use an IPM plan

All webinars will be delivered via Zoom and recorded in case you can’t attend in person. During the week of April 24 we will hold a training session in Geneva to follow up on these webinars.

For more information, contact me:  eml38@cornell.edu

 

Seminar video: Creating a scouting app for greenhouse insect pest management

If you missed Monday’s Horticulture Section seminar Creating a scouting app for greenhouse insect pest management with Elizabeth Lamb, NYS IPM Program, it  is available online.

More seminar videos: Horticulture | School of Integrative Plant Science

Seminar video: Horticulture apps on the Network for Environment and Weather Applications (NEWA)

If you missed Monday’s Horticulture Section seminar, Horticulture apps on the Network for Environment and Weather Applications (NEWA) with Juliet Carroll, Fruit IPM Coordinator, New York State IPM Program, it  is available online.

More seminar videos: Horticulture | School of Integrative Plant Science

Climate, Weather, Data: Protecting Our Crops and Landscapes conference Aug. 15

conference poster

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NYS IPM Climate Conference:

Climate, Weather, Data: Protecting Our Crops and Landscapes
August 15, 2016, 9:00 – 4:15
Cornell Cooperative Extension Albany County, Voorheesville, NY

With all the talk about climate change you might be wondering how it will affect food production, pests, and even landscapes  – and what you can do about it. The Second Annual NYS Integrated Pest Management conference can help!  Climate, Weather, Data:  Protecting Our Crops and Landscapes will be held August 15, 2016 at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Office in Voorheesville, NY.

A wide variety of speakers from New York State and the Northeast will provide background information on the current state of knowledge on climate change and changes in our weather patterns, and how collecting climate and weather data can help us predict and manage pests.

Mike Hoffmann and Allison Chatrchyan from the Cornell Institute for Climate Change and Agriculture will discuss what you can do about climate change, and the Climate Smart Farming Program.   Jerry Brotzge will explain the NYS Mesonet. Juliet Carroll from NYS Integrated Pest Management will cover the tools for growers in the Network for Environment and Weather Applications system.  David Hollinger will present resources from the Northeast Regional Climate Hub.

Open discussion sessions are included so you can ask your own questions.  The final agenda will be available soon, so stay tuned!

We are honored that Richard Ball, the Commissioner of the  NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets, will kick off the conference with opening remarks

The program will run from 9:00-4:15 and costs $45 – which includes lunch, and breaks.

Registration information, a map, and the draft agenda can be found at the Climate, Weather, Data website

If you have questions, please contact Amanda Grace at arw245@cornell.edu or 315 787-2208.

DiTommaso Wins Award for His Way with Weeds — and People

DiTommaso talks about herbicide-resistant weeds at the 2015 Musgrave Research Farm Field Day.

DiTommaso talks about herbicide-resistant weeds at the 2015 Musgrave Research Farm Field Day.

From Mary Woodson, New York State Integrated Pest Management Program (NYS IPM).

ITHACA, NY: If two words could sum up Toni DiTommaso’s qualities as professor of weed science at Cornell University, “unbridled enthusiasm” — words from a nomination letter — fit the bill. Yet it’s not just his innovative Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approaches to dealing with weeds that clinched DiTommaso’s Excellence in IPM award, which he received on July 14, 2016.

Colleagues and former students alike repeatedly cite the impact DiTommaso’s contagious love of learning has on their lives — and often their livelihoods. For many, the roots lie in Cornell’s IPM course that DiTommaso resurrected in 2002 and has taught since then with professor of entomology John Losey.

“To say that Toni has ‘educated others about IPM’ and ‘promoted IPM and bolstered the adoption of IPM practices,’ two criteria for earning the award, would be a vast understatement,” says crop-science professor William Cox, a longtime colleague. “I can’t emphasize enough the enormous impact that Toni has had on Cornell students who are now growers or consultants.”

Read the whole article.

New state pollinator protection plan announced

Dean Kathryn Boor speaks at Cornell’s Dyce Lab for Honey Bee Studies in Varna, New York, June 24, at an event to announce recommendations outlined in the NYS Pollinator Protection Plan. (Patrick Shanahan/University Photography)

Dean Kathryn Boor speaks at Cornell’s Dyce Lab for Honey Bee Studies in Varna, New York, June 24, at an event to announce recommendations outlined in the NYS Pollinator Protection Plan. (Patrick Shanahan/University Photography)

Cornell Chronicle [2016-06-27]

State officials and Kathryn Boor, the Ronald P. Lynch Dean of Cornell’s College of the Agriculture and Life Sciences, announced recommendations of the New York State Pollinator Task Force at Cornell’s Dyce Lab for Honey Bee Studies in Varna, New York, June 24.

The 2016-17 state budget includes $500,000 to help implement practices and conduct research outlined in a New York State Pollinator Protection Plan developed by the task force and its advisers.

“Pollinators are critical to food production worldwide, and as a consequence they contribute in a very important way to our state’s, our national and our global economies,” Boor said. “Apples, squash, pumpkins, pears, tomatoes, strawberries, cherries all are among the pollinator-dependent crops that annually generate more than $500 million for New York state’s agricultural economy.”

At the same time, according to research, managed honeybees and native pollinators are in serious decline.

Read the whole article.

A digger bee forages on blueberry flowers. Previous research has shown that bees pass parasites and pathogens to each other when they forage on wildflowers, but the details of exactly how disease is spread through diverse communities of bees is unclear. (Photo: Scott McArt)

A digger bee forages on blueberry flowers. Previous research has shown that bees pass parasites and pathogens to each other when they forage on wildflowers, but the details of exactly how disease is spread through diverse communities of bees is unclear. (Photo: Scott McArt)

See also: Scientists to examine spread of disease in bees with NIH grant Cornell Chronicle [2016-06-27]

A team led by Cornell researchers has received a five-year, $2.2 million National Institutes of Health grant to develop an approach to better understand how pathogens that infect bees and other pollinators are spread.

In New York state alone, 13 percent of bee species are experiencing declining ranges and populations. Nationwide, beekeepers are losing close to half of their honeybee colonies every year, in part due to disease.

Scientists have identified key viral, bacterial and fungal pathogens that cause bee diseases and lead to declining populations. This decline is a major concern as pollinators – especially wild and managed bees – are critical to native ecosystems and agricultural crops, providing the equivalent of billions of dollars in pollination annually.

Read the whole article.

Tireless Advocate Tackles Tiny Pest, Earns Excellence in IPM Award

 Dale-Ila Riggs

Dale-Ila Riggs

NYSIPM Program press release:

Geneva, NY. January 21, 2016: Dale-Ila Riggs, president of the New York State Berry Growers Association, knew well the danger when SWD (aka spotted wing drosophila) blew into New York in 2012. This tiny new pest ravished millions of dollars worth of raspberries and blueberries. Now, for her leadership and resolve on behalf of an industry worth $15 million and growing, Riggs has received an Excellence in IPM award from the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program (NYS IPM) at Cornell University.

As a former Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) educator and professional IPM scout who monitored dozens of vegetable and berry farms for pests as well as the beneficial insects that help keep pests in line — not to mention her experience on the 240-acre berry and vegetable farm she and her husband run — Riggs has decades of practical knowledge under her belt. But with a formidable pest as destructive as SWD, dealing with it takes relentless advocacy and careful research.

So bad was the devastation SWD wreaked that many growers dug out entire plantings of late-bearing berry crops. But Riggs dug in. “Dale-Ila spent countless hours speaking to policy makers, grower groups, and invasive species partner groups,” says Laura McDermott, a vegetable specialist with CCE. “She has pushed the problem to the forefront and over the past three years gained $1.3 million in funding for research across the state.”

Read the whole article.

Other Excellence in IPM winners for 2015-16:

  • Cornell weed scientist Toni DiTommaso.
  • Nassau County assistant district attorney Renè Fiechter.
  • Farmer, advisor, inventor, pioneer and frequent IPM research collaborator Lou Lego .
  • Long Island-based Cornell Cooperative Extension vegetable specialist Sandra Menasha.
  • Cornell entomology professor  John Sanderson.
  • Member of Cornell’s Government Affairs office Lee Telega.
  • Apple grower Peter Ten Eyck

Read more about the awards.

 

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