SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Growers of high-density apple orchards in various parts of Northeastern North America are reporting an increasing incidence of ‘Sudden Apple Decline’, whereby young trees in the early years of production begin to decline and die. So far, no obvious or consistent causative agents have been identified, although several contributing factors have been suggested, including winter damage, sub-lethal effects of certain herbicides, and various other biological and environmental stressors. In this session, plant pathologist Dr. Kari Peter of Penn State University will discuss her experiences with Sudden Apple Decline in Pennsylvania (where the problem was first noted several years ago), while Drs. Kerik Cox and Tess Grasswitz will present an overview of the current situation in New York.
TREE FRUIT IPM: SUDDEN APPLE DECLINE SESSION
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17| 3:45 PM – 5:00 PM
Session organized by Tessa Grasswitz, CCE
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
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