Berry growers, researchers, and industry experts will share the latest in growing tools and techniques will host a berry crops field workshop on Tuesday, Aug. 29, in Stephentown, NY.
The Berry Patch, in collaboration with Cornell University, will host the 5 p.m. free workshop, which is targeted at the commercial berry grower. It’s designed to give farmers up-to-date tools and techniques for monitoring for pests, designing an effective pest-control program, understanding cultural and chemical management strategies for spotted wing drosophila, and general troubleshooting, as well as a variety of effective growing and management techniques for different berry crops.
The educational event will feature hands-on demonstrations, presentations, and question-and-answer sessions with experts Dr. Greg Loeb of Cornell, Dr. Juliet Carroll of New York State Integrated Pest Management, Laura McDermott of Cornell Cooperative Extension, and Berry Patch owner and New York State Berry Growers Association board chair Dale-Ila Riggs.
Topics to be covered at the workshop include:
- Plasticulture strawberry production for June berries and day-neutral strawberries
- Using low tunnels on strawberry crops
- High-tunnel raspberry production
- Using exclusion netting to control spotted wing drosophila in blueberries
- Using computer models to improve pest management of berry crops
- Collaboration between the Network for Environment and Management Applications and NYS Mesonet, an early-warning weather-detection system
Although the workshop is free, registration is required. Call Abby at 518-746-2553 or go to http://enych.cce.cornell.edu to register. The Berry Patch is located at 15589 NY-22 in Stephentown, NY.