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Testing for Garlic Bloat Nematode

Carol MacNeil, Extension Vegetable Specialist
Cornell Vegetable Program

Last Modified: April 25, 2014
Testing for Garlic Bloat Nematode

Garlic growers can submit samples, through September 2014, to Cornell Nematologist George Abawi's lab for testing using a standardized submission form. Submission is being subsidized through a Specialty Crop Block Grant, and will cost $20 per sample of garlic or soil, for NYS growers and industry reps. Growers are encouraged to sample different plantings separately, selecting 10 representative bulbs per planting per sample. Soil should be tested to a depth of 6-8 inches, and in 10+ sites through the suspect field then mixed before bagging. Make sure samples are secured against leaking or damage during  shipping. Garlic samples should be surrounded in a layer of absorbent material such as paper towel. Soil should be placed in a Zip-Loc bag and should not be dried before shipping.

If you have questions about sampling, please contact your local vegetable specialist for assistance. To send in a sample, fill out the submission form (download below) as completely as possible and mail overnight or first class with your check and your sample. You should receive results within two weeks.



Garlic Bloat Nematode & Test Form_revd Apr 2014 (pdf; 852KB)

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March 3, 2015
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This year’s garlic school will have a broad focus on disease, insect and weed pests that growers are already dealing with or that may show up in New York from other parts of the country. Cornell pathologists and growers will discuss the latest research on Aster Yellows, a disease which has devastated the garlic industry in the Midwest, and the soil-borne diseases such as Fusarium. The latest fertility and weed control research will also be presented. Industry updates will be presented by David Stern of the NYS Garlic Seed Foundation.
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March 4, 2015
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Penn State and Cornell University have teamed up to present a series of webinars to keep you informed about critical production issues. This series provides convenient access to timely updates in commercial vegetable and small fruit production for extension educators, producers, and industry representatives in Pennsylvania, New York, and surrounding states.

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