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Oswego Muck Onion Growers Pre-Season Meeting: Stop the Rot, Nematodes and SLB Fungicide Resistance




Event Details

Event Offers DEC Credits

Date

March 20, 2024

Time

2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Location

Duskee's Sports Bar and Grill
8 Bridge St
Phoenix, NY 13135

Cost

FREE!

Host

Cornell Vegetable Program

Christy Hoepting
585-721-6953



Christy Hoepting and Frank Hay will get growers ready for the season with updates on managing Stemphylium Leaf Blight fungicide resistance, progress made towards understanding and managing bacterial bulb rot of onion, and results of the 2023 nematode survey and research project. 2.5 DEC recertification credits will be offered in categories 1A, 10 and 23.

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM

1:50 PM    Sign up for DEC recertification credits

2:00 PM    Fungicide resistance 101 with emphasis on designing fungicide programs to preserve the useful longevity of FRAC 3 fungicides for managing Stemphylium leaf blight of onion, Frank Hay, Dept. of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology, Cornell AgriTech

2:50 PM    Stop the Rot Finale: Progress made towards understanding and managing bacterial bulb rot of onion, Christy Hoepting, CCE Cornell Vegetable Program

3:40 PM    Results of 2023 nematode survey and research project, Frank Hay, Dept. of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology, Cornell AgriTech and Christy Hoepting, CCE Cornell Vegetable Program

4:30 PM  Pick up DEC recertification credits


Because a catered dinner will follow the event, please RSVP by March 5th to Rayne Sorbello or Christy Hoepting (585-721-6953). This event is free. 



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JOB POSTING: Onion Crop Scout

Be a Vital Part of New York Onion Production!

We are looking for someone who appreciates agriculture to scout commercial onion fields in Oswego Co. and/or Wayne Co. for 13 weeks during the summer, maximum 19 hours/week, who would return to the seasonal position annually.

As an Onion Crop Scout for the Cornell Vegetable Program (CVP), you will independently scout 11 commercial onion fields collecting data on insect pests, diseases, weeds and crop stage/quality. Scouting data will be summarized into a preliminary report which is finalized by Cornell's Onion Specialist. Growers use the scouting reports to inform their spray decisions, which enables an integrated approach to pest management. Your hard work will ensure grower engagement, implementation of research-based recommendations, and early detection of emerging issues. It is the "beating heart" of CVP's onion program.

Pay: $18.50/hr. No benefits. Personal mileage will be reimbursed at the federal rate.

Key Qualifications & Skills:
  • High School diploma and 6 months experience in an agriculture setting, or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Must be able to meet the travel requirements of the position and have reliable transportation as well as have and maintain a valid and unrestricted New York State driver's license.
  • Visual concentration and attention to detail are required to detect pests and pest damage.
  • Able to work independently in collecting and summarizing data.
  • Must be able to work outdoors in all types of weather.
  • Proven experience in communicating effectively, both written and oral.
  • Preferred: Experience working with plants, plant disease and other pest identification.
Training will include being accompanied by a veteran onion scout for the first season with the intention of scouting independently in the second year, and ideally for several more years after.

Flexible on start and end dates, day(s) of week you work, and whether Oswego or Wayne or both counties are scouted. Our priority is finding someone who will return to the position annually.

Read details about the Onion Crop Scout position.

To apply (resume and cover letter): http://tiny.cc/Onion_Scout_WDR_00043345