​3rd Annual Organic Vegetable Pest Management Field Day

  • Thursday, August 23, 2018, 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

3rd Annual Vegetable Pest Management Field Day

Cornell Lake Erie Research and Extension Lab, 6592 W Main Rd, Portland, NY 14769

Sponsored by the New York Farm Viability Institute and Towards Sustainability Foundation

Thursday, August 23, 2018 | 2.25 DEC credits in 1a, 10, 23

Research trial results, cultural technique showcases, and effective varieties and treatments for organic and IPM production are the meeting focus. We will highlight current disease issues, their detection & spread based on this season's climate conditions, and management tools available to reduce yield impacts. Sessions will also be offered on pest identification and control options. Regional equipment dealers and industry representatives will be invited to display equipment and new technology. 

4:00 Welcome and overview (meet inside lab) -- Judson Reid, Cornell Vegetable Program

4:05 Biofumigation and reduced tillage for control of Phytophthora capsici -- Justin O'Dea, Washington State University Extension
Phytophthora Blight caused by the pathogen P.capsici is a devastating disease of vine crops, peppers and other annual vegetable crops. Justin will discuss research examining Phytophthora management through biofumigation with cover crops and reduced tillage. Also covered will be soil health benefits of using brassica cover crops and reduced tillage.

4:50 Industry update, water/snack break and head outside to trial plots.

5:10 Evaluation of vegetable varieties for organic disease control; Integrated pest and mite management -- Judson Reid and Elizabeth Buck, Cornell Vegetable Program
Judson and Elizabeth will lead the group through trials that demonstrate powdery and downy mildew management in cucumbers with varietal resistance. A similar trial with tomatoes will cover Early & Late Blight management. Integrated insect and mite management options will also be covered. There will also be a demonstration of 4 specialty spinach varieties.

5:50 Industry updates

6:00 What do biofungicides contribute to management of powdery mildew and white mold? -- Amara Dunn, NYS IPM programBiofungicides, both microbial and botanical, are known to reduce cucurbit powdery mildew infection, but may be less effective than conventional fungicides when used alone. Additionally, new microbial products continue to become available. This project, led by Amara Dunn with the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program seeks to understand which products work best in conjunction with current conventional and organic fungicides. Participants will tour research plots as well as observe NDVI imaging (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index) a new technology to monitor plant health using tractor mounted sensors

6:35 Swede Midge on organic & low-spray cole crops -- Christy Hoepting, Cornell Vegetable Program
Swede midge can be a destructive pest of cole crops that causes scarring, malformations, and head blindness. Christy will discuss the latest organic management programs and outline on-going research.

6:50 Q&A, Industry updates

7:00 Adjourn for light refreshments and networking

Attendees will present an ID and record their certification ID number, print name and sign the Recertification Training Roster. The roster will be secured by a Cornell Vegetable Program representative and only the attendees who sit for the entire course will be awarded a certificate.


CLEREL (Cornell Lake Erie Research and Extension Lab)
6592 West Main Road
Portland, NY 14769