LERGP Podcast for Grape Growers

Statewide grape IPM specialist Tim Weigle and Viticulture Extension Specialist Luke Haggerty just posted a great podcast discussing the usefulness of grape tools available through NEWA. Produced by the Lake Erie Regional Grape Program, this podcast packs a lot of great information into a quick 6 minute segment, covering insect and disease models useful for grape growers throughout the region. Tim and Luke discuss the use of NEWA to forecast grape diseases including black rot, downy mildew, powdery mildew and phomopsis cane and leaf spot. They also discuss the impact of grape berry moth on grape growers and ways in which NEWA’s forecasting model helps growers stay ahead of this pest.

Weigle’s and Haggerty’s NEWA podcast is the latest in a series produced by LERGP. Each segment provides a short commentary and discussion about topics related to grape production in the Lake Erie region or LERGP. For more information about these podcasts, visit lergp.com.


NEWA turns 500!

Wow! There are now 531 weather stations connected into NEWA. Just a short time ago, I was planning a post to tell you NEWA had turned 400. How is this phenomenal growth possible? It was made possible by each, and every, one of you! And…also, by Michigan State University and The Ohio State University joining NEWA.

Please join me in welcoming Ohio and Michigan to NEWA. In Ohio, Matt Wallhead, postdoctoral research associate with the USDA ARS, and Melanie Ivey, fruit pathologist with The OSU, paved the way for the NEWA OH partnership. We soon hope to stream data from all their research stations through NEWA.

A resounding welcome goes out to Michigan! Michigan State University has Enviro-weather, a system similar in many ways to NEWA! Please visit Enviro-weather, https://enviroweather.msu.edu/, and test drive their tools. Jeff Andresen, Michigan state climatologist and director of Enviro-weather, and Beth Bishop, Enviro-weather coordinator, have made this collaboration possible, with the support of their apple industry.

We are very much looking forward to building our collaboration for a bright future full of digital agriculture apps to help producers practice IPM and grow healthy and healthful crops.

This post was contributed by Juliet Carroll, Fruit IPM Coordinator, New York State IPM Program, Cornell University, jec3@cornell.edu.

Dan Olmstead starts as NEWA Coordinator Jan 1, 2017

We are very pleased to announce that Dan Olmstead has been hired for the full time NEWA Coordinator position …for the entire network!  Ring in the New Year!!  Dan will start in his Extension Associate position as NEWA Coordinator in the NY State Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program on January 1, 2017.  Officially his first day will be January 3rd, since Cornell University will be closed for the Holidays until then.

Dan has a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from Nazareth College, Rochester, NY.  He has 15 years experience using open source (QGIS) and proprietary (ArcGIS) platforms and graduate-level training in design and use of geographic information systems. He received the first place award for GIS posters at a Rochester, NY conference and has created numerous GIS-based maps and figures for peer-reviewed publications.

His Master of Science degree is in Entomology from Cornell University, which he achieved in a short four years—while working full time as a Research Support Specialist on Insect Ecology and Vegetable Pest Management!  His MS thesis research was on corn earworm and titled New perspectives on the management of Helicoverpa zea (Boddie) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae) in United States sweet corn: implications for 21st century production and IPM tactics.

The topic of his interview seminar was European corn borer, titled European corn borer and the evolution of insect pest forecasting, which is recorded on WebEx’ streaming recording link:
https://cornell.webex.com/cornell/ldr.php?RCID=90f5312bc304e107e4b5897393cd6c0b.  His seminar provides some really interesting insights on insect development, climate change, and day length. Plus, he provides an overview of his experience and vision for the position.

Dan stated in his application, “I am very excited about this position when I consider my experience, your needs and the future potential it holds not only for myself, but for the New York State IPM Program and all the stakeholders that utilize NEWA and its management tools” (emphasis added). That means You!

Please join me in welcoming Dan Olmstead to the position of NEWA Coordinator!

Juliet Carroll, Leader of NEWA and Fruit IPM Coordinator, NYS IPM Program