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Cover Crops for Vegetable Growers Website

Carol MacNeil, Extension Vegetable Specialist
Cornell Vegetable Program

Last Modified: August 17, 2015

Cover Crops for Vegetable Growers Website
Vegetable production involves many practices that compromise soil health, and therefore limit productivity. New York soils are less forgiving of such practices than soils in many other regions. Therefore, leading vegetable growers want to overcome this barrier to success with practices that maintain soil health. Some of the management goals for which farmers use cover crops include suppressing weeds, protecting soil from rain or runoff, improving soil aggregate stability, reducing surface crusting, adding active organic matter to soil, breaking hardpan, fixing nitrogen, scavenging soil nitrogen, and suppressing soil diseases and pests.

This website enables growers to use a broader range of cover crops including grasses, legumes, crucifers and other kinds of cover crops.  Cover crops are suggested for spring, summer, fall and over wintering.

Go to the Cover Crops for Vegetable Growers website.

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Beets

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Broccoli

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Brussels Sprouts

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Cabbage

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Carrots

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Cauliflower

Cauliflower

Cucumbers

Cucumbers

Dry Beans

Dry Beans

Eggplant

Eggplant

Ethnic Vegetables

Ethnic Vegetables

Garlic

Garlic

Horseradish

Horseradish

Kohlrabi

Kohlrabi

Leeks

Leeks

Lettuce / Leafy Greens

Lettuce / Leafy Greens

Melons

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Onions

Onions

Parsnips

Parsnips

Peas

Peas

Peppers

Peppers

Potatoes

Potatoes

Pumpkins / Gourds

Pumpkins / Gourds

Radishes

Radishes

Rhubarb

Rhubarb

Rutabaga

Rutabaga

Snap Beans

Snap Beans

Squash - Summer

Squash - Summer

Squash- Winter

Squash- Winter

Sweet Corn

Sweet Corn

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet Potatoes

Tomatoes

Tomatoes

Turnips

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Upcoming Events

CANCELLED (in-person): 2020 Worker Protection Standard Training & DEC Special Permit Training

April 7, 2020 : CANCELLED: Wayne County 2020 Worker Protection Standard Training & DEC Special Permit Training
Newark, NY

THIS IN-PERSON EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED BUT A REVISED PROGRAM HAS BEEN DEVELOPED. THE DATE AND TIME OF THE REVISED PROGRAM WILL BE DETERMINED SOON. Special Permits (SP) will only be issued for 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. Certified Supervisors are required to attend the first 30 minutes of training.

April 8, 2020 : CANCELLED: Orleans County 2020 Worker Protection Standard Training & DEC Special Permit Training
Albion, NY

THIS IN-PERSON EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED BUT A REVISED PROGRAM HAS BEEN DEVELOPED. THE DATE AND TIME OF THE REVISED PROGRAM WILL BE DETERMINED SOON. Special Permits (SP) will only be issued for 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. Certified Supervisors are required to attend the first 30 minutes of training.

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Precision Agriculture Series - Steuben County

February 6, 2020
March 26, 2020
April 9, 2020

Bath, NY

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED. Join Cornell Cooperative Extension to learn what precision agriculture entails, the economics of using precision ag, and the preferred methodology and benefits. This free, 3-day event series is being organized by CCE Steuben County with assistance from Dr. Ali Nafchi, Precision Ag Specialist of the CCE Cornell Vegetable Program and CCE NWNY Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops team. Topics for each day will be determined by the audience interests and questions.

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CANCELLED: Wash Pack School: Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Hygienic Design

April 22, 2020
Portland, NY

DUE TO CONCERNS REGARDING THE CORONAVIRUS, THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.Put farm food safety into daily production practice!  Participants will learn why and how to design, clean, sanitize, and dry produce handling equipment and buildings. Classroom presentations will be supplemented with demos and hands-on activities with produce wash equipment. 

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Announcements

REVISED PROGRAM for 2020 Special Permit Training

Revised Program Accommodates Social Distancing Guidelines
Special Permit Training (SPT) for 2020 has been revised to an online format that accommodates current restrictions on public meetings, recommendations for social distancing, and projected delays in H2A guest worker processing imposed by COVID-19.

In time for the originally proposed in-person SP Trainings on April 7 and 8, we hope to have available pre-recorded training modules. It will be the responsibility of the Supervisor/Certified Pesticide Applicator(s) on each farm to administer the training modules and written exam to their Special Permit trainees. Once registered, all of the necessary training materials and documents associated with Special Permit applications will be sent separately to each farm along with a private link to access the training modules. See Registration below.

Special Permits will only be issued for 10 specific pesticide labels. 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 (for control of black stem borer in apple only), Endigo ZC, Warrior II with Zeon Technology, Agri-Mek SC, Beseige, Leverage 360, Danitol 2.4EC, Mustang Maxx, Asana XL, and Lannate LV (no Gramoxone this year.)

Read more about the 2020 Special Permit Training and how to register. Registration required by Friday, April 3.

Many thanks to the NYS DEC, CALS and CCE administration, and CCE staff for their prompt action on this very critical program for New York agriculture.

How to Participate in a Zoom Meeting

I keep hearing about Zoom meetings. What are Zoom meetings and how do I participate in one?

Zoom is a video conferencing software that allows for a face-to-face meeting online via a computer/smartphone. Participants will receive a link to participate in the meeting. You can ask questions via an audio connection or by typing in a question into the "chat" window. It's really amazing how connected we can all feel while still practicing social distancing!

For anyone new to this technology, NYS Integrated Pest Management has created a basic video on How to Use Zoom.  

We're still available to help you!

As spring begins, the CCE Cornell Vegetable Program looks forward to working with the growers and industry members throughout our 14-county program area to continue to produce and market safe and healthful food for the community.

All of our staff are working remotely during this time, but you may still contact us by email and cell phones. We are working within the National and State guidelines for good social distancing and hygiene during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will provide updates on important topics through our regular channels. The next VegEdge newsletter will be produced April 1 and distributed to our enrollees as usual.

Thanks to our farms and allied businesses for keeping food on our tables. Stay well!

Cornell Commercial Vegetable Guidelines Available

The 2020 Cornell Integrated Crop and Pest Management Guidelines for Commercial Vegetable Production are now available!

Written by Cornell University specialists, this publication is designed to offer producers, seed and chemical dealers, and crop consultants practical information on growing and managing vegetable crops in New York State. Topics include general culture, nutrient management, transplant production, postharvest handling, organic production, and managing common vegetable crop pest concerns. A preview of the Vegetable Guidelines can be seen online.

Highlighted changes in the 2020 Vegetable Guidelines include: 
  • Updated pesticide options for economically important vegetable crop pests.
  • Completely revised weed management chapter.
  • Updated online crop and pest management resources.
Cornell Crop and Pest Management Guidelines are available as a print copy ($41), online-only access ($41), or a package combining print and online access ($57.50). Shipping charges will be added to your order. Cornell Guidelines can be obtained through many local Cornell Cooperative Extension offices, or from The Cornell Store at Cornell University or call (844) 688-7620.


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