March 7, 2018

Greenhouse vegetable IPM update 3.7.18

I’d like to be in a warm steamy greenhouse today! My first greenhouse visit was on Monday – makes me believe spring will come!

Podcast by Jud Reid (and others) on Better Greenhouse Practices  And if you scroll down the list of podcasts there are others that might apply

Vegetable varieties with genetic resistance to insects or diseases –in Vegetable MD Online.  Not specifically aimed at greenhouse production but a good resource that Meg McGrath is keeping up!

Interesting article on the impact of entomopathogenic fungi on natural enemies 

This is pretty cool – on–site molecular detection of soil-borne pathogens. Instant verification of a disease?

In looking for information on trap cropping for cucumber beetles, I found this presentation on biological control of cuke beetles in the field.


January 16, 2018

Greenhouse Vegetable IPM Update 1.16.18

That brief warm spell when I was enjoying not wearing boots – almost lost in the shovelarama that followed. But I still remember . . .

I forgot an important conference last week – the NOFA NY 2018 Winter Conference
January 19–21 In Saratoga Springs – lots of high tunnel talks and discussion sessions. Read all about it.

Are you growing in soil? There’s a soil health survey on farmer perspectives in order to better understand the costs and benefits of current soil health practices in New York State – and they may not get the perspective of greenhouse growers. You can find the survey link at the Soil Health Initiative website plus lots of other useful information.

And if you want a trip to Ohio – this year’s Greenhouse Management Workshop (Feb 8-9) is focusing on hydroponics.

January 7, 2018

Greenhouse IPM Update 1.7.18

My New Year’s resolution is to get these updates out regularly. Every resolution starts with one step, right?

Lots of education happening this month! We’ll all be geniuses!

Long Island Ag Forum – January 10-11, Riverhead Click to register

Capital District Bedding Plant Conference – January 11, 8-4 in Troy

2018 Empire State Producers Expo – January 16-18 in Syracuse – tons of sessions including Greenhouse and Cut Flower

Long Island Greenhouse and Floriculture Conference – January 16 Riverhead

If you want to travel a bit – 2018 Tri-State Greenhouse IPM Workshop registration until Jan 10
Jan 17- Manchester ME
Jan 18 – Durham NH
Jan 19 Burlington VT
It’s always a great meeting!

Coming in February:
Western NY Bedding Plant School – February 13, East Aurora

Hudson Valley Nursery and Greenhouse School – February 27
More information coming soon!


Don’t want to leave that warm corner of the sofa? Free e-GRO webinars starting January 19– nutrient monitoring, plant growth regulators ( I like that there is one on overdoses and getting back on track as we seem to see at least one of those every year) and lighting for ornamentals and edibles.

In-House Nutrient Monitoring

January 19, 2018
12:00 to 1:00 pm Eastern Time

PGR University: Focus on Perennials

January 25, 2018
12:00 noon to 1:00 pm Eastern Time

PGR University: Focus on Annuals

January 26, 2018
12:00 noon to 1:00 pm Eastern Time

Photoperiodic Responses and Lighting Strategies of Ornamental and Edible Crops

February 2, 2018
12:00 noon to 1:30 pm Eastern Time

If you know of some I have forgotten, send them along!

Now that we have survived the cyclone bomb, it’s time to get moving! Have a great week!

February 12, 2017

Greenhouse IPM Update 2.12.17

How did it get to be February?!  And almost Valentine’s Day?  A great excuse to buy flowers and plants….maybe tomatoes?  They are ‘love apples’ after all.

Instead of thinking ‘babe magnets’ how about pest magnets – those plants that always get an insect pest first.  The best thing about them?  They are great places to scout to find out who’s bugging you early before populations rise.  Michigan State has a handy list of insect magnets.

Ball Hort has a large collection of upcoming and recorded webinars on pest management topics, among other things.  Root rot, mites, nematodes, weeds – what’s not to love?  And several are aimed at nursery operations, too.

Want a home grown webinar series?  We (Brian’s in there, and John and Neil and Jud Reid and more) are putting on webinars aimed at training Extension Educators (those folks who help you get questions answered) in greenhouse and high tunnel vegetable crop IPM.  They will be archived shortly after they are completed.  Here are the topics to come:
Feb 16: In-ground fertility/water management – Judson Reid
Feb 23: Production factors for greenhouses and high tunnels that relate to IPM – Amy Ivy
Mar 2: Disease management in greenhouses and high tunnels – Brian Eshenaur/Amy Ivy
Mar 9: Insect management in greenhouses and high tunnels – John Sanderson
Mar 16: Weed management in greenhouses and high tunnels – Betsy Lamb
Mar 23: How to write/use an IPM plan – Betsy Lamb

A note from an MSU newsletter that is worth keeping an eye out for:
With respect to disease, there has been documentation of strains of Pythium found in Michigan greenhouses that are resistant to mefenoxam (Subdue MAXX). Growers should be documenting rates and timing of pesticide applications and be making notes on efficacy.

Sierra Biologicals – a producer of beneficial nematodes –  is moving to the Buffalo NY area.  Cool!  We’ll keep an eye out for them and their products.

Some nutrition basics videos: Part 1 and Part 2 – good for a cold damp night like tonight!

Sneaky orchids? Okay, I’m a bug and plant geek, and think this is cool from the plant’s point of view, but don’t get me one of these for Valentine’s Day, please!

Enough for today! Stay warm and have a great week!

January 30, 2017

Christmas tree IPM update 1.30.17

Not exactly IPM but if we can breed in resistance to pests, it counts!  A webinar series on Christmas tree genetics and tree improvement starts THIS WEDNESDAY – Feb 1, 1:00-2:30.

Someone asked me for the economics of producing Christmas trees.  I found these references that you might find interesting.  Of course none are from NYS.

Economics of Producing an Acre of White Pine Christmas Trees

Ag Alternatives – Christmas Tree Production

Christmas Tree Economics:
Establishing and Producing Douglas-Fir Christmas Trees in Western Oregon

Noble Fir