SYRACUSE, N.Y. — New this year; a full day of sessions devoted to the business and methods of Cut Flower Production! Jamie Simmons and Jed Radliff, of JayFlora Designs will discuss the Business of Cut Flower Production. Come hear from one of the most successful and creative Cut Flower businesses in the state of New York, explain how they manage their business.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
10:45 AM – 12:00 PM – The Business Side of Cut Flower Farming
2:00 PM – 3:15 PM – Biological Control of Insects in Cut Flower Farming
3:45 AM – 5:00 PM – Weed Management and Soil Health in Cut Flower Farming
In the afternoon, Carol Glienester of IPM Labs, will discuss Biological Control of Insects, and how it applies to insect control in Cut Flower production. Dr. Lily Calderwood will discuss Weed Management and Soil Health in Cut Flower Production.
Every session will be geared for beginner flower farmers, to the more advanced. Come and listen with fellow Cut Flower producers from around the state, and learn many tips to help you in your operation, however small or large it is!
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 | 10:45 AM – 12:00 PM
Session organized by Christy Hoepting, CCE
Key components: WPS for cabbage crew, the difference variety makes for black rot, herbicide trial results.
Cabbage is a labor-intensive crop with crews needed for planting, hand weeding and harvesting. Therefore, this year’s cabbage session will include subject matter to address this important component of cabbage production. New regulations for Worker Protection Standards (WPS) went into effect in 2017 with still more on the horizon. Don Nelson, from NYSDEC will address some of these new regulations particularly as they pertain to cabbage production. Where can I get EPA-approved training materials? How do I navigate the Ag exclusion zone regulations? What is the future of special permit training? Since 2017 was unfortunately, a good year for black rot, NYSAES Plant Pathologist, Chris Smart will provide her insight into the difference variety makes with respect to development, spread and severity of black rot among several locally grown cabbage varieties. Does black rot stay in the leaves, not move into the head and not reduce yield in a tolerant variety? Is copper bactericide a waste of time on a susceptible variety? Finally, CCE Cornell Vegetable Program specialists, Christy Hoepting and Darcy Telenko will share their research results on pre-emergent weed control in cabbage featuring control of ragweed.
The 2018 Empire State Producers Expo is January 16-18 at the SRC Arena in Syracuse, NY. This annual show combines the major fruit, flower and vegetable associations of New York State in order to provide a comprehensive trade show and educational conference for New York producers, as well as neighboring states and Eastern Canada. In years past over 100 presentations were given by Cornell Cooperative Extension personnel and highly regarded speakers from across the country. Panel discussions feature some of the top industry experts and growers in New York. Between educational sessions, attendees can visit the trade show featuring over 150 commercial vendors and non-profit exhibitors.
Educational sessions topics include commodity specific programs in berries, cabbage, snap beans, peas, beets, carrots, fruiting vegetables (tomatoes, peppers), cut flowers, tree fruit, sweet corn, tomato, onion, Cole crops, root crops, vine crops, and emerging markets (hops, malting barley, mushrooms, hemp, hard cider); and multidisciplinary programs in precision irrigation, weed management, soil health, biopesticides, beginning farmer operations, marketing, greenhouse production, climate and forecast models, GMOs, and wildlife management. DEC pesticide recertification credits and Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) credits will be offered during the appropriate educational sessions.
For more information about the Expo and to register, visit the NYS Vegetable Growers Association website at nysvga.org/expo.
–Cornell Cooperative Extension
Cornell Vegetable Program (CVP)
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