NEWARK, N.Y. — Area produce growers are invited to attend the Fresh Market Vegetable Grower Meeting from 1:00 to 3:30 pm on Thursday, February 21st at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wayne County, in Newark, NY. The Cornell Vegetable Program has organized this continuing education event in response to local growers’ desire to use the best production practices possible.
The program will focus on sustainable and preventative crop protection practices. The course has been approved for 1.0 Dept. of Environmental Conservation pesticide recertification credit in categories 1a (Plant Agriculture), 1.0 credit in category 23 (Vegetable) and 0.5 credit in category 22 (Fruit).
Proactive weed management is only possible with a good understanding of weed seed bank dynamics. A primer on soil weed seed bank dynamics, including seed survival times and methods to prevent seed deposition, will begin the meeting. After a discussion of local marketing opportunities such as Farm-to-School programs, the focus will shift to the management of Late Blight.
Late Blight attacks tomatoes and potatoes and is best known for causing the Irish potato famine. Recent advances in crop resistance genetics are beginning to become commercially available. There is a special need to pay attention to Late Blight outbreaks in 2019 due to the arrival of a novel strain of the disease.
Amara Dunn, a biocontrol specialist with the New York State Integrated Pest Management Center, will offer the keynote talk titled “Biopesticides, Biostimulants, and How they Work”. Her session will demystify the emerging and diverse array of bio-control pest/disease control sprays and plant health promoting products available for use in NY.
Growers are committed to delivering high quality, safe food. In response to grower demand for advanced food safety training, the Cornell Vegetable Program is including two food safety topics in this training. The first is explains what FSMA on-farm readiness reviews are and why they’re useful. The second takes the latest research on procedures for cleaning wash-lines and delivers the information as a simple step-by-step checklist to allow for easy adoption on the farm.
The final session will be a grower-to-grower discussion of common challenges in the 2018 growing season. Come learn what innovative solutions other area growers developed and hear the latest research based suggestions from Cornell Vegetable Program staff.
COST and REGISTRATION: A $15 registration fee covers training materials and meeting refreshments. Registration for this event is open and available at https://cvp.cce.cornell.edu/event.php?id=1083. For those with limited internet access, phone registrations are accepted at 585-406-3419. Registration closes on February 18th. Walk-ins will be accepted but the courtesy of pre-registration is highly encouraged to ensure adequate training materials and refreshments will be available.
About Cornell Cooperative Extension – Cornell Vegetable Program
The Cornell Vegetable Program is one of the premier regional agricultural teams in NYS: a Cornell Cooperative Extension partnership between Cornell University and the CCE Associations in a large multi-county region in the western and central parts of the state. The team’s Vegetable Specialists work together with Cornell faculty and Extension Educators statewide to address the issues that impact the commercial vegetable industry. The Cornell Vegetable Program provides educational programs and information to growers, processors and agri-business professionals, arming them with the knowledge to profitably produce and market safe and healthful vegetable crops, contributing to the viability of farms and the economic wellbeing of New York State. Specifically, the program focuses on food safety, variety evaluation, market development, pest management, and cultural practices. To learn more about the CCE Cornell Vegetable Program, visit cvp.cce.cornell.edu
–Cornell Cooperative Extension
Cornell Vegetable Program
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