Impact In New York
Quarterly Highlights (Q1 2017)
Another successful winter meeting season is behind us! Our team organized 20 educational events this quarter and gave presentations at another 17 events hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension Associations and other collaborative organizations, reaching 1,735 people.
- Assessing Barriers to Wholesale Marketing for Small-Scale Vegetable Growers
- Regional Onion Schools: A Popular Alternative Approach to Delivering Programming
- CVP Coordinates Produce Auction Annual Winter Grower Meetings Throughout the Region
- Growers Learn Integrated Weed Management Tools for Their Farm
- Dry Bean Growers and Processors Engage in Research and Product Evaluation
- Highly Rated Cabbage Session at Empire Expo Featured CVP Research
2016 Year in Review
The Cornell Vegetable Program is proud to assist New York vegetable producers. This year, our team gave presentations in 114 educational events where 5,363 people increased their knowledge in the areas of vegetable production, food safety, and marketing. On top of that, the Cornell Vegetable Program made more than 4,575 farm visits and crop consultations.
We hear your questions and concerns. To gain new insights and knowledge, the Cornell Vegetable Program managed 44 research grants and projects. We couldn't do it without the help of local growers and agribusiness that offered us land, labor and supplies to support our research trials and events. Thank you!
We've highlighted a few of our research and educational projects in 2016 in our Year in Review brochure:
- Safer Produce and Reduced Storage Rot Due to Farm Food Safety Trainings
- Beet Advisory Group Directs Weed and Disease Management Research
- Onion Scouting Program Guided Reduced Fungicide Use in a Dry Year
- Summer Internship Proves Valuable to Students and WNY Vegetable Team
- Field Meetings Provide New Insights to Fresh Market Growers
- High Tunnels, High Impact: Season Extension Program
CVP Highlights (October - December 2016)
We closed out 2016 by helping western NY vegetable producers understand new pest management strategies and expanding market opportunities. We listen to our growers' concerns and adapt our efforts to meet their needs.
- Ontario Produce Auction Formed
- CVP's Undergraduate Education Benefits Next Generation of Ag Leaders and Tunnel Research Objectives
- Table Beet and Processing Vegetable Advisory Meetings Facilitate Information Exchange
- Cornell Vegetable Program Prevents Economic Losses Caused by Swede Midge on At-Risk Small-Scale Organic Brassica Farms
- Cornell Weed Science Research Sustained by Cornell Vegetable Program Specialist
CVP Highlights (July - September 2016)
Phew! The Cornell Vegetable Program was busy setting up and managing research and demonstration plots throughout the region this summer. Growers and industry partners were invited to view our trials, learn about research results, and tap into the expertise of our team at many events organized by the Cornell Vegetable Program this quarter.
- Cornell Cooperative Extension Projects Featured as Elba Muck Welcomed National Onion Association Tour in July
- On-Farm Research in Strategies to Minimize Impacts on Yield and Food Safety Risks Posed by Wildlife in Vegetables
- In-Field Programs Showcase Cornell Vegetable Program Research and Vegetable Expertise
- Protecting New York Dry Beans from the New Pest, Western Bean Cutworm
- Comparison of Sanitizer Monitoring Strips
CVP Highlights (April - June 2016)
We're making a difference to WNY commercial vegetable producers.
- Partnering with RIT to Investigate Use of Drones for Improved Disease Management in Processing Crops
- Fresh Market Vegetable Research Initiated at the Cornell Lake Erie Research and Extension Laboratory
- Cornell Vegetable Program Plays a Role in Local CSA Development
- Educating Potato Growers on a Serious New Seedborne Bacterial Disease
- Cornell Cooperative Extension Saves "Special Permit" Pesticide Course
- Cooperating with Cornell Faculty on Season Extension Disease Research
- CVP Receives Over a Quarter Million Dollars in Grants this Quarter
Relationships at Root of CVP's Reach
Commercial vegetable grower Nelson Hoover does not own a car, a computer or a degree. In fact, the 28-year-old never attended high school. But for over a decade, Hoover, a member of the Groffdale Mennonite Conference in Penn Yan, New York, has been one of the Cornell Vegetable Program's (CVP) most trusted research partners.
A Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) regional agriculture team, CVP assists farmers in 12 western New York counties -- the largest vegetable-producing region in the state -- by helping them apply Cornell research and expertise to their local growing operations.
Two of those counties, Yates and Seneca, are home to the highest concentration of Old Order communities in the state. As their populations grows, the Amish and Mennonite influence on the area's agriculture markets has followed suit. They now operate 99 percent of dairy farms in the area and own of one of the region's largest produce auctions, which has grown by $185,000 annually over the last 12 years. Read more...
CVP Highlights (January - March 2016)
We seek grower input in determining research priorities, educational topics to cover, and meetings to host. We are also conducting important research that benefits New York State's vegetable industry.
- Recap of the 2016 Empire State Producers Expo
- Vegetable Growers Choose Alternative Soil Management to Improve Soil Health
- Food Safety (GAPs/Harmonized GAPs) Grower Training for New Market Entry
- Cornell Vegetable Program Delivers 46% Net Increase for Cooperating High Tunnels
- CCE Workshop Prepares Onion Growers for Battle Against Stemphylium Leaf Blight (SLB)
- Excellence in IPM Award: Pheromone Trap Network Recognized
- Advisory Meeting Kicks Off Grant Project to Build the Profitability of the Table Beet Industry
- 15 research grants were funded this quarter
2015 Year in Review
The Cornell Vegetable Program team made more than 4,400 farm visits and crop consultations to support the WNY commercial vegetable industry. We've highlighted several of our research and education projects from 2015:
- Bird Repellent Tools Research in Sweet Corn
- Developing and Expanding Farm Food Safety Trainings
- Supporting Growth of the New York Table Beet Industry
- Pest Management Techniques in Winter High Tunnels
- Unraveling New Puzzling Leaf Disease of Onions
- Alerted Dry Bean Growers to Invasive Pest Threat
CVP Highlights (October - December 2015)
The Cornell Vegetable Program is listening to our growers and responding to their concerns. We seek grower input in determining research priorities, educational topics to cover, and meetings to host. We are also conducting important research that benefits New York State's vegetable industry.
CVP Highlights (July - September 2015)
Pests, pests, and more pests! The growing season requires education about pest control in our region:
- We alerted dry bean growers to the threat of Western bean cutworm
- We are evaluating tools for bird management in sweet corn
- We conducted research in processing vegetables such as slugs in peas, disease and weed management in beets, diseases in lima beans, and white mold and European corn borer in snap beans
- On-farm visits and twilight meetings provide hands-on educational opportunities for our growers
CVP Highlights (April - June 2015)
On-farm demonstrations by the Cornell Vegetable Program provided an opportunity to educate our growers about weed management in fresh market vegetables and fostered the adoption of herbicide use in garlic to reduce weed management costs. Read more about this work and more in our Quarterly Highlights.
CVP Highlights (January - March 2015)
During another busy meeting season, the Cornell Vegetable Program gave educational presentations to over 2,500 growers and agribusiness professional across NYS and neighboring states. Read more about the events we hosted and participated in.
We're excited to release a video on NYS Produce Auctions and the importance of them to farmers, buyers, and unrelated businesses in the area. Watch the video now!
2014 Year in Review
In 2014, the Cornell Vegetable Program team made more than 2,900 farm visits and crop consultations, and participated in over 100 educational meetings. Each year our team conducts valuable research that aids WNY growers too.
CVP Highlights (October - December 2014)
Learn more about the valuable role the Cornell Vegetable Program plays in educating commercial vegetable growers in WNY, assisting in the national soil health initiative, and helping to set priorities for upcoming research proposals in the industry.
CVP Highlights (July - September 2014)
Over 1,700 farm visits and phone/email consultations were made by our Vegetable Specialists during the 2014 growing season. We hosted 17 educational events and produced 11 issues of VegEdge newsletter to keep our growers abreast of issues facing commercial vegetable production in WNY. Read more details about our impact on this region.
CVP Highlights (April - June 2014)
The Cornell Vegetable Program consulted with nearly 1,000 growers during this quarter. Read more about what issues we're addressing in our region.
CVP Highlights (January - March 2014)
Twenty-three events were organized by the Cornell Vegetable Program this quarter, educating growers on farm food safety considerations, pest problems and management techniques, and growing for winter markets and produce auctions. Read more details about our events and other impacts we had in our region this quarter.
2013 Year in Review
Highlighting 8 of the Cornell Vegetable Program's projects from 2013 and stats about our impact in the region.
CVP Highlights (October - December 2013)
The Cornell Vegetable Program identified the cause and the cure to excessive leaf dieback in onions. Learn more about this discovery and the other impacts our team had in WNY during the final months of 2013.
CVP Develops New Grafting Resources
To highlight the new grafting resources created by the Cornell Vegetable Program, this flyer is designed to be distributed electronically to interested growers. Links to the videos and the factsheet are live!
More information about the Grafting Tomatoes video, the How to Graft Tomatoes video, and the How to Graft Tomatoes factsheet can be found on the Cornell Vegetable Program website.
GAPS Trainings: CCE Trainings in Food Safety
Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE), along with the National GAPs Program and the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, has developed and implemented a nationally-recognized training program in Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) to prepare New York growers for the marketplace's increased vigilance in food safety. Learn more about our successful training program.
CVP Highlights (July - September 2013)
It was a busy growing season for our team. Read more about our efforts to educate Western New York growers.
CVP Highlights (April - June 2013)
Learn how our team of Vegetable Specialists are making a difference in our region.
CVP Highlights (January - March 2013)
Find out about some of the projects our team participated in during the first quarter of 2013.
Success: Yellow Nutsedge Control in Onions
Due to work completed by Cornell Vegetable Program Onion Specialist Christy Hoepting, New York onion growers now have a new tool to effectively manage the potentially devastating perennial weed, yellow nutsedge, in onions grown on muck soil.
CVP Highlights (October - December 2012)
Learn how the CVP Specialists are working with farmers to manage crop diseases. Other updates on our program are also detailed.
CVP Highlights (July - September 2012)
The 2012 growing season brought many challenges to our growers. See how the Cornell Vegetable Program aided growers in meeting those challenges.
CVP Highlights (April - June 2012)
Read about the our team's activities during the second quarter of 2012.
CVP Highlights (January - March 2012)
Learn more about the impacts the team has made on the region during the first quarter of 2012.
Weed Research Improves Farm Profitability in WNY
Weeds can quickly overgrow vegetable crops, thus reducing light, water, and nutrients to the crop. As a result, crop yields and quality can be greatly reduced.
Number of Farmers Markets Growing in WNY
The Cornell Vegetable Program has been instrumental in advising and assisting groups on starting new farmers markets and promoting established markets in our region.
Improving Soil Health for Vegetables in Western NY
Through several meetings, Cornell Vegetable Program Specialist Carol MacNeil provided intensive education on all aspects of transitioning to reduced tillage.
Muck Donut Hour Every Tuesday
June 6 - August 15, 2017Meet with Cornell Vegetable Program Specialist Christy Hoepting every Tuesday morning to ask questions and share your observations. Grower experience is combined with research and scouting information for a whole lot of talk about growing ONIONS!
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
Fresh Market Minutes - Every Other Tuesday - Eden Valley
June 6 - August 29, 2017New this year -- Meet with the Cornell Vegetable Program Specialist Darcy Telenko every other Tuesday morning to ask questions and share your observations in fresh market vegetables.
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
2017 Oswego Muck Onion Twilight Meeting
June 22, 2017This meeting showcases preliminary research results from current season on-farm onion research trials.
Hoepting Wins 2016 Excellence-in-IPM AwardFor her exemplary work on behalf of farmers, not just in the rich muck-soil region of western New York but statewide and nationally, Christy Hoepting [CCE Cornell Vegetable Program Specialist] has earned an Excellence in IPM award from the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program (NYS IPM) at Cornell University. IPM weaves together a broad range of tactics that minimize the environmental, health and economic risks of pests and pesticides both.
"Christy is a star in Cornell Cooperative Extension," says Brian Nault, a professor of entomology at Cornell. "She's a gifted educator and advocate, more passionate and successful in promoting IPM practices than just about anyone I know." While onions are Hoepting's main research focus -- they're a high-value crop for New York, with annual sales upward of $40 million -- growers in western New York also welcome her expertise in cabbage, broccoli and garlic.
Hoepting has conducted hundreds of on-farm research trials in plant pathology, entomology, weed science, cultural practices and crop nutrition, presented at scores of stakeholder and scientific meetings, and published scores of articles and research papers. It's also why she scouts farm fields relentlessly, tracking every movement of insect and disease pests.
"Christy does her research on the farm in growers' fields," says onion grower Matt Mortellaro. "It makes us confident that her work will apply to our situations. She's extremely responsive, and she's always listening."
Christy Hoepting received her award on March 8 at CCE Cornell Vegetable Program's "Elba Muck Region Onion School" in Albion, NY.
Empire State Producers EXPO Proceedings AvailableProceedings from the Empire State Producers EXPO conference from 2011-2017 are available online.
2017 Cornell Vegetable Guidelines AvailableThe 2017 edition of the Cornell Integrated Crop and Pest Management Guidelines for Commercial Vegetable Production is now available. This annual publication provides up-to-date vegetable crop production information for New York State. It is designed as a practical guide for vegetable crop producers, crop consultants, ag chemical dealers, and others who advise vegetable crop producers.
In addition to the annually revised pesticide and crop production information, highlighted changes in this edition of the Vegetable Guidelines include:
- Addition of Dickeya blackleg on potato as a disease of concern.
- Updated regulatory considerations for organic vegetable production.
- Revised European corn borer management strategies for beans and potatoes.