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Loss estimates in different areas in the Lake Erie grape belt ranged from 4.5 to 100 percent.

Loss estimates in different areas in the Lake Erie grape belt ranged from 4.5 to 100 percent.

Economic Impact of 2012 Frost and Freeze Events in the Lake Erie Region [Appellation Cornell, May 2012] – Assuming a 30% overall reduction in crop size, the total direct economic loss for the industry would range between $45 and $60 million. Gross farmer loss would be approximately $13 million, according to study by Kevin Martin and Tim Weigle, Lake Erie Regional Grape Extension Program.

Potato blight in NY could be traced back to Maine [Kennebec Journal 6/1/2012] – “We’re actually not sure of the source,” said Meg McGrath, a plant pathologist at Cornell University. “There was a lot of late blight last year in seed productive areas, so it’s not a surprise it’s popping up. Most of our growers get their seed from Maine. It is the predominant supplier.”

Pumpkins N needs asssessed [The Pumpkin News, Vol. 1, Issue 3] – Department of Horticulture graduate student Sarah Hulick describes her research with Stephen Reiners and explains how to calculate nitrogen contribution to the crop from soil organic matter.

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