JAMESTOWN, N.Y. — Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County is pleased to host a Winter Vegetable and Fruit Meeting for our region’s commercial growers. This educational program will be held on Wednesday, February 9, 2022, from 10:00 am until 12:00 Noon at Jamestown Community College, Carnahan Building, 241 James Avenue, Jamestown, New York. The program is free of charge to local growers.
Pre-registration is requested by 12:00 pm on Monday, Feb. 7th, by calling Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County at 716-664-9502 Ext. 209. Masks are requested to be worn by all participants at this program in the Carnahan Building at Jamestown Community College.
This educational program will include various presenters sharing timely information on topics related to vegetable and fruit production, including:
- Economic Insights from 2021 Auction Year – Elizabeth Buck, Cornell Cooperative Extension Vegetable Program
- Updates from Chautauqua County Soil & Water – Greg Kolenda, District Field Technician, Chautauqua County Soil & Water Conservation District
The Soil & Water Conservation District offers many programs that can benefit vegetable growers. Greg will provide information about the ag assessment property tax break, talk about the conservation seedling program, and an overview of the kinds of free technical advice that Soil & Water offers for improving erosion control, dealing with wet ground, stabilizing streams, and managing ponds to improve irrigation water quality.
- Projected herbicide shortages & alternatives – Elizabeth Buck, Cornell Cooperative Extension Vegetable Program
Glyphosate (Roundup) is expected to be in short supply. Other herbicides more commonly used in vegetable & small fruit production may also experience shortages. This brief talk will highlight the materials that may be impacted and suggest alternative control strategies that use both non-chemical and chemical techniques.
- Production systems for June-bearing & day-neutral strawberries – Anya Osatuke, CCE Harvest NY Berry Specialist
Overview of popular day-neutral & June-bearing varieties, their patent status and disease resistance including anthracnose, red stele, verticillium wilt. Differences in marketing & growing day-neutral vs. June-bearing plants.
- Relevant Recommendations for the New County Ag Plan – Lisa Kempisty, Agriculture Educator, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County
Chautauqua County is in the process of re-writing their 10-year Ag Plan and recently received a list of recommendations for improvements. Sections related to produce growers will be highlighted.
- Blueberry Pruning – Anya Osatuke, Cornell Cooperative Extension Harvest NY Berry Specialist
Blueberry pruning tactics to encourage regeneration of fruiting tissue and reduce the incidence of bacterial cane blight. Timing of pruning during the growing season to prevent disease spread and encourage fruit production. Symptoms of cane borers & fungal cane blights. Mulching to encourage new cane growth and suppress weeds.
- Disease Management in Vine Crops – Elizabeth Buck, Cornell Cooperative Extension Vegetable Program
2021 was a tough year for vine crops. We will review last year’s top diseases and give prevention and
- Strawberry and Bramble Propagation – Anya Osatuke, Cornell Cooperative Extension Harvest NY Berry Specialist
Overview of strawberry runner production systems and disease prevention in runner production. Overview of bramble diseases and methods of disease prevention in bramble propagation. Review of frequent insect and fungal pests in greenhouse production systems and pest control approaches. Applicable to fruit & nursery.
The Agricultural Program is one of many programs offered by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County (CCE-Chautauqua). CCE-Chautauqua is a subordinate governmental agency with an educational mission that operates under a form of organization and administration approved by Cornell University as agent for the State of New York. It is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The association is part of the national cooperative extension system, an educational partnership between County, State, and Federal governments. As New York’s land grant university Cornell administers the system in this state. Each Cornell Cooperative Extension association is an independent employer that is governed by an elected Board of Directors with general oversight from Cornell. All associations work to meet the needs of the counties in which they are located as well as state and national goals. For more information, call 716-664-9502 or visit our website at www.cce.cornell.edu/chautauqua. Cornell University Cooperative Extension provides equal program and employment opportunities.
–Cornell Cooperative Extension of Chautauqua County