Vegetable Pest and Cultural Management Field Meetings for Auction Growers

  • Friday, July 20, 2018, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

July 20 2018 1-3 pm- Mahlon Girod Farm – 7918 Tucker Hill Rd Houghton, NY 14744

A hands-on demonstration of weed, insect and disease identification in vegetables including management options such as inter-row cover crops, grafting and where appropriate, spray options will be used to educate growers. Judson Reid, Senior Extension Associate with the Cornell Vegetable Program along with CCE staff will instruct participants and facilitate peer-based learning. Cooperating farms will be selected to host the meetings as the season progresses. Details on each topic will focus on field observations at these farms. Meetings beginning at 1:00 follow below agenda and last until 3:00.

1:00 Welcome
1:05 Weed control in row crop vegetables Why? - Moisture competition - Insect and disease management - Labor efficiency How? - Cultivation – Herbicides -Inter-row cover crops: spring seeding or winter rye; pros- and cons
1:45 Tomato and potato disease updates Late blight and early blight updates Grafting for improved root-zone disease resistance in greenhouse and high tunnels
2:15 Cucurbits Greenhouse cucumber grafting for vigor and yield Downy mildew management: cucumbers, cantaloupes and watermelon Tunnels/greenhouses - Effective fungicide programs Cucumber beetle, squash bug, stink bug Powdery mildew Resistance - Effective fungicide programs
2:45 Questions and answer/other farm specific crop observations /Food safety news 3:00 Adjourn NYS

DEC Pesticide credits requested. Attendees must present an ID and record their certification ID number. Only the attendees who sit for the entire course will be awarded a certificate.

Save The Date: Next Field Meeting for Auction Growers will be Friday, August 24th at David Hostetler farm 10228 Briar Hill Rd Dalton, NY 14836


Lynn Bliven
Ag & Natural Resources Issue Leader
585-268-7644 ext 18


Mahlon Girod Farm
7918 Tucker Hill Rd
Houghton, NY 14744