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Emerald Ash Borer webinar Feb. 28

Emerald ash borer.  (Kent Loeffler photo.)

Emerald ash borer. (Kent Loeffler photo.)

Cornell Landscape Webinar Series:

Emerald Ash Borer Detection & Management for Tree Care Professionals and Municipalities

A program designed to update green industry professionals and municipal decision-makers about the early detection and integrated management of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) – a destructive invasive insect that was discovered in the Lower Hudson Valley in 2010.

Date/Location/Registration Information:
Monday February 28th, 2011 from 5:15 PM – 7:45 PM
Your Local Cornell Cooperative Extension Office

For those wishing to attend please contact your location Cornell Cooperative Extension office to determine if they will be hosting an audience for this webinar. Find contact information for your office here:


  • Emerald Ash Borer Natural History, Detection and Community Action Plan.
    Cornell University Entomologist Mark Whitmore and Cornell Cooperative Extension Educator Rebecca Hargrave will discuss the ID and Natural History of EAB and what your community can do to prepare for this pending pest.
  • Emerald Ash Borer Control and Other Pest Management News
    Dan Gilrein, Extension Entomologist with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County, will review the latest on management of emerald ash borer – what is registered in N.Y. and how various controls are used and are working. He’ll also note some of the other invasive pests that are threatening landscape ornamentals and discuss new control options including the addition of organic materials to the Cornell Tree and Shrub Guidelines. The new NYDEC Be Green Organic Yards initiative will be covered as well.

NYS DEC Applicator Credits and ISA CEUs have been applied for this program

See also: Cornell leads fight against the invasive emerald ash borer (Cornell Chronicle 9/1/2010)

Reduced tillage video conference

Vegetable growers interested in reduced tillage systems are invited to find out more about the practice at a video conference offered at seven locations on Friday, February 11, 2010, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Growers who have tested one form of reduced tillage (deep zone tillage) have cut labor by 25 to 60 percent and fuel costs by 25 to 70 percent compared to conventional tillage systems.

This video conference will focus on both annual and perennial weed control, residue management and equipment. In addition to Cornell researchers, the conference will also feature a grower panel to discuss weed control, cover crop and residue management, equipment, attachments and fertility. There will be ample time for interaction with the speakers and for discussion, and lunch will be provided.

More details on locations and program.

Visit the Cornell Reduced Tillage Vegetables website.

View video about zone tillage:

Berry newsletter celebrates 10th year

New York Berry NewsAs the New York Berry News begins its 10th year, it boasts a new look and expanded coverage, says Extension berry specialist Cathy Heidenreich, who has edited the newsletter since 2005.

Each issue, Heidenreich gathers up news of upcoming berry events as well as local and national berry news. She also assembles timely articles by other berry experts on varieties, pest management, organic production, high tunnels, marketing, business management and food safety. And she’s starting a new “Grower-to-Grower” feature so producers can share their best tips.

Find the current issue and archives at the New York Berry News website. If you’d like to receive a reminder by email when new issues are published at the site, email Heidenreich at

Berry group recognizes Pritts

Marvin PrittsNorth American Raspberry and Blackberry Growers’ Association (NARBA) presented its 2011 Distinguished Service Award to Marvin Pritts, berry specialist and chair of the Department of Horticulture, Cornell University, at it’s annual meeting January 5-7, 2011 in Savannah, Georgia.

NARBA President Nate Nourse noted Pritts’ “unselfish dedication to helping others.”

“It’s people like Marvin who inspire me to try to make improvements every year to produce a better crop,” said Nourse. “He also inspires me to be a better consultant and help growers produce a better crop and be more profitable. It is interesting to watch people like Marvin, who attentively listen to growers and use their wealth of knowledge to offer a solution to their problems. In the event there is no solution, they might submit a research proposal to address the problem.”

Seminar series resumes Jan. 31

The Spring 2011 Department of Horticulture Seminar Series starts January 31, 3:35-4:25 p.m. in Plant Sciences Building Room 404 and via Polycom to 137A Barton Hall in Geneva. (The seminar meets most Mondays from 4 to 5 p.m. pending student approval of the time change starting with the Feb 7 seminar. Everyone welcome. Refreshments served.)

This semester’s theme is Cutting-Edge Horticulture with special seminars February 7 to March 28 seminars.

The series kicks off with:

January 31 – (Note time: 3:35 to 4:25 p.m.)
Plant water relations and phloem loading strategies: Is there a link?
Lailiang Cheng, Associate Professor, Department of Horticulture, Cornell University

February 7
A broccoli industry in the East: homeotic genes to homegrown vegetables
Thomas Björkman, Associate Professor, Department of Horticulture, Cornell University

February 14
Multifunctional Fungal Plant Symbionts: New Tools to Improve Plant Performance and Environmental Sustainability
Gary Harman, Professor, Department of Horticulture, Cornell University

View the rest of the schedule.

View videos of selected seminars, including last year’s series on Horticulture in a Changing Climate.

Internships: Bluegrass Lane Annual Flower Trials

2009 internsDoes this sound like you?

  • I enjoy flowers and gardening.
  • I enjoy working outside.
  • I am not afraid of hard work.
  • I am not afraid to get dirty.
  • I seize opportunities.

If you answered Yes to these, then this internship might be for you!



  • Undergraduate student at Cornell (with at least one semester remaining)
  • Federal Work Study (FWS) preferred
  • Driver’s license and transportation
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds
  • Ability to work outside
  • Demonstrated interest
  • Ability to work through the entire growing season (June – August)

Check out our website or Facebook page! For more information, or to apply, please contact Melissa Kitchen at 607-280-4898 or

Visit the Department of Horticulture Career Opportunities page for more internship listings.

Eastern wine industry to get boost from $1.3-million grant

From Jan. 17, 2011 Cornell Chronicle article, Wine and vine experts receive $1.3 million for research to boost eastern wine industry by Amanda Garris.

Justine Vanden Heuvel“Unpredictable rainfall, overly fertile soils, new varieties and a young industry — these are but some of the challenges in producing quality wine in the eastern United States. Cornell has been awarded $1.3 million to address these problems in East Coast vineyards, wineries and tasting rooms as part of $3.8 million grant from the federal Specialty Crops Research Initiative (SCRI). …

“‘In the northeastern United States, soils that are high in organic matter and excessive rainfall can cause problematic vine vigor, resulting in high production costs and reduced fruit quality,’ says Justine Vanden Heuvel (above), assistant professor of horticulture. ‘We will be testing the effectiveness of cover crops to slow the growth of shoots, resulting in higher quality fruit.’

“Vanden Heuvel will also work with horticulture professors Ian Merwin and Alan Lakso to dissect how light and temperature affect grape flavors and aromas — from bitter to fruity — in Riesling and cabernet franc. Plant pathology professor Wayne Wilcox will look at the corresponding effects on disease incidence, so that the project will produce comprehensive cultural recommendations appropriate to a grower’s climate and target wine style.

“In addition, Lakso and colleagues from other universities will use modeling to develop decision-making tools for vineyard managers, from identifying good matches between a potential vineyard site and grape variety to how much crop they can ripen in a particular vineyard.”

Anna Katharine Mansfield, assistant professor of enology and grant co-investigator, will develop recommendations that will improve wine quality through appropriate fruit processing. Brad Rickard, assistant professor of applied economics and marketing, will investigate advertising approaches to see how they influence consumers’ interest in — and willingness to pay for — wines made in the eastern United States. Several Finger Lakes wineries will be collaborating in the project.

Read the whole article.

New Ithaca-Geneva bus service

Via Marvin Pritts, chair:

There is now free, daily, professional bus service between Ithaca and Geneva. This service is on a trial basis for a couple of months. Please, if possible, use this service rather than taking a fleet vehicle.

View the schedule.

IPM In-depth hands-on workshops

yellow sticky cardThe N.Y. State Integrated Pest Management ornamentals team is presenting three hands-on workshops for greenhouse and nursery producers this winter. Each has three modules taught by Cornell and NYS IPM faculty – with microscopes, meters, and a chance to bring in your own samples for identification. DEC pesticide recertification and CNLP credits are available.

January 21, 12:30-4pm – Monroe County

  • ABC’s of Aphids
  • Media Matters: Soilless Substrates
  • Nematodes in the Greenhouse and Nursery

Contact: Walt Nelson, CCE-Monroe County at 585-461-1000 ext. 268 or

February 3, 12:30-4pm – Tompkins County

  • ABC’s of Aphids
  • Media Matters: Soilless Substrates
  • Basics of Botrytis

Contact: Monika Roth, CCE-Tompkins County at 607-272-2292 or

February 28, 11am-3:30pm – Oswego County

  • ABC’s of Aphids
  • Getting Your Hands Dirty: pH and Salts
  • Basics of Botrytis

Contact: JJ Schell, CCE-Oswego County at 315-963-7286 ext. 200 or

For more information contact Betsy Lamb (, 607-254-8800). To register, contact the appropriate CCE office.

They said it: Local food in winter

Low tunnels covered with spun row cover provide extra protection for winter greens inside high tunnels.

Low tunnels covered with spun row cover provide extra protection for winter greens inside high tunnels.

“People want to know who grew [their food] and where it came from,” and they are “willing to pay extra to look the producer in the eye and say, ‘How did you grow this?'”

–Walt Nelson, Horticulture Program Leader, Cornell Cooperative Extension – Monroe County, in an article in the Rochester City Newspaper (Local farmers produce year round, January 5, 2011) about the growing popularity of high tunnels and other season extension methods for ‘winter farming’.

Visit the Cornell High Tunnels website.

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