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Pests

PestsNumerous pests affect commercial vegetable production in New York. All stages of plant growth may be susceptible to insects or disease causing pathogens which may result in poor seedling emergence, reduced yields and quality issues. Similarly, weeds compete with vegetable crops for light, nutrients and water often reducing yields. Weeds can also act as a reservoir for insects and diseases. Furthermore, weed seeds and other parts can be a contaminant of certain vegetable crops.

Cornell Vegetable Program Specialists conduct research and educational programs on many important insects, diseases and weeds in New York. While not an exhaustive list, current information on many important vegetable pests can be found below. The most recent pest content is listed below but you can find more pests under the pest categories of Diseases, Insects, and Weeds.

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    Worker Protection Standard Training & DEC Special Permit Training (Wayne County)

    April 4, 2017
    8:30 AM - 12:30 PM English Session / 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Spanish Session
    Newark, NY

    Worker Protection Standard Training & DEC Special Permit Training (Orleans County)

    April 5, 2017
    8:00 AM - 12:00 PM English & Spanish sessions
    Albion, NY

    Most Recent Pests Content

    Help Us Define and Measure IPM Adoption and Practices in NY Vegetables: SURVEY

    Darcy Telenko, Extension Vegetable Specialist
    Cornell Vegetable Program

    Last Modified: March 29, 2017
    Help Us Define and Measure IPM Adoption and Practices in NY Vegetables: SURVEY

    Darcy Telenko is coordinating the Vegetable Crop Pest Program in New York with the Integrated Pest Information Platform for Extension and Education (iPiPE) Project. As part of the program, a new set of tools is currently being developed to help you manage crop pests and increase your profitability. A survey has been developed to gather your insights to help shape the development of these tools to best support your pest management efforts. In addition, the results of the survey will help the Cornell Vegetable Program and other Extension professionals get a better picture of pest management practices among fresh market vegetable growers in New York. Take the survey now.

    2016 Weed Research in Vegetable Crops, Cornell University

    Darcy Telenko, Extension Vegetable Specialist
    Cornell Vegetable Program

    Last Modified: January 11, 2017
    2016 Weed Research in Vegetable Crops, Cornell University

    Twelve weed science research plots were established at the Homer C. Thompson Vegetable Research Farm in Freeville and with on-farm collaborators. Research trials included: herbicide evaluation trials in dry bean, snap bean, lima bean, beets, carrots, peas, and sweet corn; a NYFVI support trial in collaboration with Sarah Pethybridge and Julie Kikkert on evaluation of ethofumesate rates for beets; and an industry sponsored evaluation of a new products for potential use in carrot, rosemary, rhubarb, bell pepper and broccoli.

    NEW! Pesticide Product Search Online

    Last Modified: November 2, 2016
    NEW! Pesticide Product Search Online

    The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) Bureau of Pest Management has released a new pesticide product registration database. When visiting the webpage, please select the Products icon on the right side of the page to perform product searches.

    This pesticide search database is replacing the Product, Ingredient, and Manufacturer System (PIMS) product database that has been hosted by Cornell University since its inception. 


    More Pests Content

    White Rot Fact Sheet for Garlic
    Cornell Onion Fungicide "Cheat Sheet" for Leaf Diseases, 2016
    Garlic Bloat Nematode Testing Services for 2016
    Northern Corn Leaf Blight in Sweet Corn
    2015 Stemphylium Leaf Blight Fungicide Trial Summary
    The Magnitude and Distribution of Western Bean Cutworm: The Risk to Dry Bean
    Scouting for Onion Thrips
    How to Sign the Waiver for the Indemnified Dual Magnum Label
    2015 Herbicides for Weed Control in Snap and Dry Beans
    Bacterial Blackleg - An Increasing Problem for Potato Growers
    Pesticide Options for Pests of Potato in New York, 2016
    2016 Beet Herbicide Chart
    Leaf Mold in High Tunnel Tomatoes 2015
    2014 Trial Results: Stemphylium leaf blight and downy mildew in onion
    Priaxor: New Fungicide for Upstate NY Growers
    Strategic Management of Onion Thrips in Onions, July 2015
    Guideline Tools: Weed Management in Cucurbits, 2015
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    Upcoming Events

    Worker Protection Standard Training & DEC Special Permit Training (Wayne County)

    April 4, 2017
    8:30 AM - 12:30 PM English Session / 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM Spanish Session
    Newark, NY

    Just like last year, Special Permits (SP) will only be issued for 11 specific pesticide labels and SP trainees will have to pass a test. This will relieve the certified pesticide applicator from "on-site within voice contact" supervision of non-certified pesticide applicators when they are handling federally-restricted-use pesticides for which they hold a Special Permit. The labels that will be covered include Lorsban Advanced, Endigo ZC, Warrior II with Zeon Technology, Agri-Mek SC, Beseige, Gramoxone SL 2.0, Leverage 360, Danitol 2.4EC, Mustang Maxx, Asana XL, and Lannate LV.

    Workers requiring general pesticide training/Agricultural Worker Protection Standard Handler training who do not need special permits are welcome to take the class; they will not be tested and will receive a course participation certificate.
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    Worker Protection Standard Training & DEC Special Permit Training (Orleans County)

    April 5, 2017
    8:00 AM - 12:00 PM English & Spanish sessions
    Albion, NY

    Just like last year, Special Permits (SP) will only be issued for 11 specific pesticide labels and SP trainees will have to pass a test. This will relieve the certified pesticide applicator from "on-site within voice contact" supervision of non-certified pesticide applicators when they are handling federally-restricted-use pesticides for which they hold a Special Permit. The labels that will be covered include Lorsban Advanced, Endigo ZC, Warrior II with Zeon Technology, Agri-Mek SC, Beseige, Gramoxone SL 2.0, Leverage 360, Danitol 2.4EC, Mustang Maxx, Asana XL, and Lannate LV.

    Workers requiring general pesticide training/Agricultural Worker Protection Standard Handler training who do not need special permits are welcome to take the class; they will not be tested and will receive a course participation certificate.
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    Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training Course + Optional Food Safety Plan Writing Workshop

    April 5 - April 6, 2017
    April 5: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM; April 6: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    Batavia, NY

    Fruit and vegetable growers and others interested in learning about produce safety, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Produce Safety Rule, Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs), and co-management of natural resources and food safety should attend this food safety training. Individuals who participate in this course are expected to gain a basic understanding of microorganisms relevant to produce safety and where they may be found on the farm, how to identify microbial risks, practices that reduce risks, and how to begin implementing produce safety practices on the farm, parts of a farm food safety plan and how to begin writing one, and requirements in the FSMA Produce Safety Rule and how to meet them.

    In addition, the PSA Grower Training Course is one way to satisfy the FSMA Produce Safety Rule requirement outlined in section 112.22(c) that requires
    'At least one supervisor or responsible party for your farm must have successfully completed food safety training at least equivalent to that received under standardized curriculum recognized as adequate by the Food and Drug Administration.'
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    Announcements

    Provide Input on IPM Practices and Adoption in NY

    Darcy Telenko is coordinating the Vegetable Crop Pest Program in New York with the Integrated Pest Information Platform for Extension and Education (iPiPE) Project. As part of the program, a new set of tools is currently being developed to help you manage crop pests and increase your profitability.

    A survey has been developed to gather your insights to help shape the development of these tools to best support your pest management efforts. In addition, the results of the survey will help the Cornell Vegetable Program and other Extension professionals get a better picture of pest management practices among fresh market vegetable growers in New York. Read more about this survey.

    Hoepting Wins 2016 Excellence-in-IPM Award

    For 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 Available

    Proceedings from the Empire State Producers EXPO conference from 2011-2017 are available online. 

    2017 Cornell Vegetable Guidelines Available

    The 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.
    The Cornell Guidelines are available as a print copy ($41 plus shipping), online-only access ($41), or a package that combines print and online access ($57.50 plus shipping). Cornell Guidelines can be purchased through your local Cornell Cooperative Extension office or from the Cornell Store at Cornell University. To order from the Cornell Store, call (844) 688-7620 or order online.

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