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Pests and diseases cause a major financial burden to fruit growers.  Provided below are links and information on management strategies for insects, diseases, and weeds; pest ID and biology; and new crop protectants, biological controls, pesticide regulations and safety. 


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    Most Recent Pests Content

    NRCC Funding Could be Reduced by 80% - Contact Your Representatives Now!

    Craig Kahlke, Team Leader, Fruit Quality Management
    Lake Ontario Fruit Program

    Last Modified: June 27, 2017

    NRCC Funding Could be Reduced by 80% - Contact Your Representatives Now!
    Art DeGaetano, Cornell University


    The President's budget for FY 2018 drastically cuts funding for a large number of programs. The Northeast Regional Climate Center (NRCC) was not immune from these cuts and in fact faces an 80% reduction in funding. We are making our final push to assure that funds for the NRCC are maintained in the federal FY18 budget. NRCC is a key partner in the Network for Environment and Weather Applications (NEWA; http://newa.cornell.edu), provided by the New York State IPM Program at Cornell. The NEWA tools are a key part of planning and decision making process when growing many crops, apples being a key for pest and disease models, crop load management, growing degree day models, etc.

    We are requesting that key NRCC stakeholders contact our supporters in the U.S. Congress to illustrate the breadth and value of the data services we provide. For over 30 years it has been through the support of Congress that the Regional Climate Centers have flourished. Please click here to use the attached template https://lof.cce.cornell.edu/submission.php?id=464&crumb=pests|pests
    to get started.

    It seems we may have a friend in Congresswoman Meng, from Queens so having people send a letter to her would be helpful.

    They should also send their letter to their local representative, Senators Schumer and Gillibrand, as well as sending a copy to me (address below).

    Finally hitting people from the Republican districts in the state would also help. I have met with staff from:

    Collins (most of western NY outside of Rochester and Buffalo);
    Reed;
    Faso (Hudson Valley south of Albany and Catskills);
    Stephanik (North Country)

    So having them hear from someone in their district would be great.

    The other republicans are

    Zeldin (eastern end of Long Island)
    King (southwest Suffolk County)
    Donovan (mostly Staten Island)
    Tenney (Oswego to Binghamton)
    Katko (Syracuse west to Rochester)


    2017 CCE LOF Winter Fruit Schools

    Last Modified: February 8, 2017

    Presentations from the 2017 CCE LOF Winter Fruit Schools.

    DEC Registered Pesticides for New York

    Last Modified: January 30, 2017

    This the the link to access the the NYDEC pesticide registrations.  Access labels here.  

    Bureau of Pest Management - Information Portal - http://www.dec.ny.gov/nyspad/products?13


    More Pests Content

    Update on Special Permit Training 2017
    What Herbicides control which weeds ?
    2016 Lake Ontario Winter Fruit School
    Black Stem Borer Trap Data
    Distinguishing characteristics between European Corn Borer and Codling Moth
    Revisions in EPA WPS comment period open until Dec. 23, 2015
    Apple IPM for Beginners
    Apple IPM
    2015 Winter Fruit School
    Presentations - 2015 Winter Tree Fruit Schools
    Spotted Wing Drosophila
    New fungicides labeled for use in tree fruit - all Special Local Needs Labels
    Plum Pox Virus Update
    Animals in Fruit Crops
    New and Unusual
    New pest detected! Is this the beginning of something bigger?
    Managing Codling Moth In Apples
    » View Complete List of Pests Content
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    Asian Pears

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    Cherries

    Currants

    Currants

    Gooseberries

    Gooseberries

    Nectarines

    Nectarines

    Peaches

    Peaches

    Pears

    Pears

    Plums

    Plums

    Raspberries / Blackberries

    Raspberries / Blackberries

    Strawberries

    Strawberries

    Unusual Fruit

    Unusual Fruit

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    Announcements

    Updates to Critical H2A Issue for NYS Farmworkers


    From Julie Suarez, 9-22-17, 5 PM


    Please see the below text which you are welcome to forward.

    We're seeking additional regulatory clarity from DOH, Ag and Markets, and DOL regarding the issue of H2a employees and applying for benefits when signing up for the health insurance exchange. We anticipate further information being available next week from regulatory authorities. The issue is not health insurance; the issue in question is related to other benefits that H2a workers may inadvertently apply for in a navigator process and the paperwork issued which is in the form of a "my benefits" card and whether that disqualifies one from re-entry at the border during the U.S. Consulate interview process. Vermont growers are apparently facing similar questions at the moment.

    Note that it would be important to consult with an attorney or your H2a association provider, and please know that we'll send out appropriate regulatory clarity as soon as it's received.

    Julie C. Suarez
    Associate Dean for Govermental & Community Relations
    Office of the Dean
    126 State St Suite 200
    Albany, NY 12207
    College of Agriculture and Life Science
    Cornell University
    office 518-434-4157, cell 518-728-6061
    email: jcs433@cornell.edu
    Below is from Julie Suarez, 9-22-17, 2 PM

    Dear all;

    In terms of the H2a issue, attorneys at DOH, DOL, and NYS Ag and Markets are seeking to provide some clarity.

    Please know that the issue is not whether or not the H2a workers can access health insurance that is now legally required. The crux of the matter may be in how the employee signed up for health insurance. If they utilized a navigator service that automatically enrolled them or submitted the application for other benefits depending upon their income level (i.e. SNAP, WIC, etc.) then in such case they have actually applied for benefits.

    Recall that at the border one of the screening questions is whether or not you've ever applied for benefits in this country. While a SNAP application from a foreign resident would be denied; the semantics are such that the employee, if answering completely, has now applied for benefits in this country - however inadvertently.

    As soon as better guidance is received from the regulatory authorities we'll be sure to pass it along. In the meantime, if you have H2a workers who have not yet signed up for health care, please DO consult your h2a provider and/or an immigration attorney for better advice before encouraging them to sign. Or ensure that if they use a navigator, they carefully look to see if that navigator will automatically force an application for a different benefit stream.

    I certainly didn't mean to panic anyone; but the reality is that with H2a system being notoriously difficult to utilize in the first place, sorting this issue out is pretty critical. Growers using the H2a program should at least be aware of this emerging issue and prepared to take some action and provide advice to employees, when we know what to say.




    Below from Julie Suarez, 9-21-17, 3 PM

    Critical issue for New York State's Farmworkers Enrolled in the H2a Program

    I wanted to bring your attention to a critical issue for New York State's farmworkers enrolled in the H2a program.

    As you may be aware, the Health Care Act allows for certain entities to serve as "navigators" charged with the specific responsibilities of signing up individuals eligible for the health care exchanges.

    As you may not be aware, if an individual is a farm worker on an H2a contract, that individual is required to meet certain conditions for entry on an annual basis and is screened in their home country prior to admission in the US on an H2a work visa. One of the questions that will bar an applicant under the H2a program from future entry is whether or not the H2a worker has applied for benefits from a local, state, or national entity in the US. If so, the H2a worker is denied entry (the goal of the program is to ensure that admission is offered solely to foreign nationals and that while such foreign nationals are in this country, they cannot access US benefits or social services programs).

    A local grower has reported recently that a health care navigator has begun signing up local H2a workers in Western New York for health insurance benefits on the state exchange system. While most likely well intentioned, the most unfortunate effect is that any workers who are signed up for health insurance are now considered to have applied for benefits domestically. This is a screening question and the H2a worker would subsequently be barred from admission next year into the country, despite whatever long history may have been enjoyed in previous years of working on farms during the season in the US.

    I am writing this lengthy email to bring this issue to your attention, and to ask you to reach out to H2a employers in your area and ensure that they are familiar with this requirement and talk to their H2a employees. I would suspect strongly that an H2a employee being approached by someone who may have asked would you like health care, would be tempted to sign up without fully realizing the consequences.

    Please help spread the word. Thank you, Julie.

    Julie C. Suarez
    Associate Dean for Governmental & Community Relations
    Office of the Dean
    126 State Street Suite 200
    Albany, NY 12207

    College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
    Cornell University
    Office 518-434-4157 | Cell 518-728-6061
    JCS433@cornell.edu | cals.cornell.edu

    Produce Donations for Hurricane Relief

    NYS Fruit & Vegetable growers are getting together some loads of "hard" crops (apples, onions, cabbage, winter squash and anything else you think will last a week at room temperature) to send down to TX and, likely, Florida. Feeding America is handling transportation. You will all receive a record of donation.

    Dates are weekly to help donations be delivered to where they can be most efficiently used over the next month while emergency feeding continues. More locations can be considered if we can get the pallet count to fill a truck at that locations.

    Please visit https://rvpadmin.cce.cornell.edu/pdf/event/pdf831_pdf.pdf for more details on times and how to donate and contact Maire Ulrich ASAP if you are interested in donating! (Maire: 845-742-4342/ e-mail mru2@cornell.edu/ office 845-344-1234 )

    Produce Donations for Hurricane Relief

    NYS Fruit & Vegetable growers are getting together some loads of "hard" crops (apples, onions, cabbage, winter squash and anything else you think will last a week at room temperature) to send down to TX and, likely, Florida. Feeding America is handling transportation. You will all receive a record of donation.

    Dates are weekly to help donations be delivered to where they can be most efficiently used over the next month while emergency feeding continues. More locations can be considered if we can get the pallet count to fill a truck at that locations.

    Please visit https://rvpadmin.cce.cornell.edu/pdf/event/pdf831_pdf.pdf for more details on times and how to donate and contact Maire Ulrich ASAP if you are interested in donating! (Maire: 845-742-4342/ e-mail mru2@cornell.edu/ office 845-344-1234 )

    Produce Donations for Hurricane Relief

    NYS Fruit & Vegetable growers are getting together some loads of "hard" crops (apples, onions, cabbage, winter squash and anything else you think will last a week at room temperature) to send down to TX and, likely, Florida. Feeding America is handling transportation. You will all receive a record of donation.

    Dates are weekly to help donations be delivered to where they can be most efficiently used over the next month while emergency feeding continues. More locations can be considered if we can get the pallet count to fill a truck at that locations.

    Please visit https://rvpadmin.cce.cornell.edu/pdf/event/pdf831_pdf.pdf for more details on times and how to donate and contact Maire Ulrich ASAP if you are interested in donating! (Maire: 845-742-4342/ e-mail mru2@cornell.edu/ office 845-344-1234 )

    Produce Donations for Hurricane Relief

    NYS Fruit & Vegetable growers are getting together some loads of "hard" crops (apples, onions, cabbage, winter squash and anything else you think will last a week at room temperature) to send down to TX and, likely, Florida. Feeding America is handling transportation. You will all receive a record of donation.

    Dates are weekly to help donations be delivered to where they can be most efficiently used over the next month while emergency feeding continues. More locations can be considered if we can get the pallet count to fill a truck at that locations.

    Please visit https://rvpadmin.cce.cornell.edu/pdf/event/pdf831_pdf.pdf for more details on times and how to donate and contact Maire Ulrich ASAP if you are interested in donating! (Maire: 845-742-4342/ e-mail mru2@cornell.edu/ office 845-344-1234 )

    NEWA Survey Link

    The Network for Environment and Weather Applications (NEWA) wants you to take our online survey — it'll only take about 10 minutes of your time.

    Take the survey now:
    https://cornell.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0GRlhOIDI5HwbR3

    Whether you've used NEWA's online pest forecast models for years or have never used NEWA at all, we will benefit from your responses. Why? Because we are building a new website at newa.cornell.edu, one that'll be as easy to use on your smart phone as on your desktop, and we want to build it the way you want it to be.

    NEWA is an online agricultural decision support system that uses real time weather data, streamed over the internet from 573 weather stations throughout the Northeast, Midwest and mid-Atlantic. NEWA provides insect and plant disease pest management tools, degree days, and weather information for growers, consultants, Extension educators, faculty, and others.

    NEWA models and resources are available free of charge, and are used to make informed localized crop management decisions. The NEWA website will be upgraded soon and we want to know what users', new and old, want and need out of the new website.

    All responses are anonymous and confidential and will not be shared with any outside group.

    Thank you for participating!

    For more information:

    Dan Olmstead
    315.787.2207
    dlo6@cornell.edu

    NEWA Coordinator, New York State IPM Program
    Cornell University, NYSAES
    630 West North Street
    Geneva, NY 14456

    NEWA is a Partnership of the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program and the Northeast Regional Climate Center.


    2017 Champlain and Vermont Young Grower Trip

    The 2017 Champlain and Vermont Study trip was a great success and NY growers had again an excellent educational experience. See more by clicking the following link.

    https://lof.cce.cornell.edu/submission.php?id=501&crumb=business|business

    Fall 2017 - NYSDEC Region 8 Clean Sweep NY

    The collection dates and locations are:
    Tuesday:   October 3rd Watkins Glen
    Wednesday:  October 4th Hornell
    Thursday:  October 5th Lakeville
    Friday:  October 6th Waterloo

    Pre-registration is required
    and registration packets can be requested by telephone or e-mail at the following:Telephone: 877-793-3769
    E-Mail: info@cleansweepny.org

    For more details visit:   http://www.cleansweepny.org/

    Mechanical Blossom Thinning Video

    Click link for Details.
    Mechanical blossom thinning video and story.
    https://lof.cce.cornell.edu/submission.php?id=449&crumb=crops|crops|apples|crop*38



    Spray Mixing Instructions Considering TRV

    Spray Mixing Instructions Considering Tree Row Volume - TRV

    Spray Mixing Instructions Considering Tree Row Volume - TRV
    Terence Robinson, Poliana Francescatto, Cornell University
    Win Cowgill, Professor Emeritus, Rutgers University

    Click below for full article:

    https://rvpadmin.cce.cornell.edu/uploads/doc_569.pdf

    Precision Chemical Thinning in 2017

    Precision Chemical Thinning in 2017 for Gala and Honeycrisp

    Poliana Francescatto, Craig Kahlke, Mario Miranda Sazo, Terence Robinson

    full article pdf. available here: https://lof.cce.cornell.edu/submission.php?id=448&crumb=crops|crops|apples|crop*38

    2017 Census of Agriculture

    Producers who are new to farming or did not receive a Census of Agriculture in 2012 still have time to sign up to receive the 2017 Census of Agriculture report form by visiting www.agcensus.usda.gov and clicking on the ‘Make Sure You Are Counted' button through June. NASS defines a farm as any place from which $1,000 or more of agricultural products were produced and sold, or normally would have been sold, during the census year (2017).

    For more information about the 2017 Census of Agriculture and to see how census data are used, visit www.agcensus.usda.gov or call (800) 727-9540.


    "Visual Guide" for March Pruning

    A Practical "Visual Guide" for March Pruning of Young and Semi-Young High Density Apple Plantings
    Mario Miranda Sazo

    The document is a practical and colorful visual guide that shows some important pruning cuts to better grow and train the "money makers" Gala, Honeycrisp, and Fuji trees. The pruning cut decisions are easy to follow and their objectives are simple.  More information and the guide can be found here: https://lof.cce.cornell.edu/submission.php?id=440&crumb=crops|crops|apples|crop*38



    2017 LOF Winter Fruit School Presentations

    2017 Winter Fruit School presentations that have been approved by the presenters are now available here https://lof.cce.cornell.edu/submission.php?id=425&crumb=crops|crops|apples|crop*38; past LOF Winter Fruit School presentations approved for public distribution can be found under the Apples at the bottom in a list.


    Working with a Spanish Speaking Workforce

    Please use the link below to watch a YouTube video in which Libby Eiholzer, Bilingual Dairy Specialist of the Northwest New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Team and Mario Sazo, Extension Associate of the Lake Ontario Fruit Program discuss Building Campus County Connections: Working with a Spanish Speaking Workforce.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YkXmboxStE&feature=youtu.be


    Apple System Payback Calculator Now Available!

    Apple System Payback Calculator
    You can down load this spreadsheet to help you calculate the return on investment for an orchard system you are considering to plant or invest in.


    New York Apples and Hard Cider Classifieds

    A new on-line classifieds has been launched to help apple growers and hard cider producers "connect" and conduct business. This website allows users to post items for sale and items for purchase. The site is not exclusive to growers and hard cider producers selling and buying to each other. The site can also be used for grower to grower business and hard cider producer to hard cider producer business. Click the following link to start the website: www.nyahcclassifieds.com. Click the following to download basic instructions on navigating the site: NYAHC Classifieds Notice


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