Area produce growers are invited to attend the fresh market vegetable grower meeting from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 21 at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wayne County, 1581 state Route 88, Newark.
The Cornell vegetable program organized this continuing education event in response to local growers’ desire to use the best production practices possible. It will focus on sustainable and preventative crop protection practices.
Proactive weed management is possible only with an understanding of weed seed bank dynamics. The meeting will start with a primer on soil weed seed bank dynamics, including seed survival times and methods to prevent seed deposition. After a discussion of local marketing opportunities such as farm-to-school programs, the focus will shift to the management of late blight.
Late blight attacks tomatoes and potatoes, and is best known for causing the Irish potato famine. Recent advances in crop resistance genetics are starting to become commercially available. Growers need to pay attention to late blight outbreaks this year due to the arrival of a novel strain of the disease.
Amara Dunn, a biocontrol specialist with the state Integrated Pest Management Center, will present “Biopesticides, Biostimulants and How they Work.” Her session will demystify the array of biocontrol pest/disease control sprays and plant health promoting products available for use in the state.
The Cornell vegetable program is including two food safety topics in this training. The first is explains what FSMA on-farm readiness reviews are and why they’re useful. The second takes research on procedures for cleaning wash-lines and delivers the information as a step-by-step checklist.
The final session will be a grower-to-grower discussion of common challenges in the 2018 growing season.
Registration is required by Feb. 18. The $15 fee covers training materials and meeting refreshments. Call (585) 406-3419 or visit bit.ly/2E0o41b for information.