Organic Disease Management and Organic Brassica Workshops

Organic Disease Management Workshop and Organic Brassica School, New York

Geneva, NY- 10/21/2014 -   Did you have a rough disease year in your fields?  Did bacteria, fungi, and assorted plant pathogens have you (and your veggies) down?  Come join NOFA-NY, Cornell researchers and educators, and your fellow farmers to discuss what worked, what didn’t, and what plans we can make for better control and crops in the future!  This intensive workshop will discuss some of the worst disease challenges facing NYS organic growers in 2014 as well as the strategies that had the most impact controlling them.  Discussion will cover bacterial issues, fungal diseases, and soil borne pathogens in the morning, before moving on to discuss late blight monitoring, forecasting, and managing in the afternoon.  Bring your questions, your success stories, and your challenges to hash out this difficult growing season and leave with the resources and information to plan effective organic disease management strategies for the future!

Title: Organic Disease Management in (Another!) Wet Year Date/Time: Tuesday, October 21st, 2014, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm Location: Jordan Hall Auditorium, 614 W. North St., Geneva, NY 14456 (Ontario County) Fee: $25 per person Registration: To pre-register and pay, shop online at http://www.nofany.org/events/register or call Stephanie at 585-271-1979 ext. 509 to make payment. Registration is $25/person. Pre-registration is encouraged and closes at 4pm on October 17th. (after this, registration will be taken at the event—please arrive 15 minutes early to walk-in register). As brassica season winds down, join NOFA-NY, Cornell researchers and educators, and Bejo Seeds to discuss all things Brassica!  This intensive workshop begins with Jan van der Heide of Bejo discussing brassica cultivation from managing crops to reduce disease and insect pressure, through selecting varieties that complement your farm’s soil fertility limitations or insect and disease pressure.  NYS IPM Coordinator Abby Seaman and Cornell Plant Pathology’s Chris Smart will discuss monitoring and organic controls for flea beetles, Swede midge, cabbage worms, black rot, and more, and Cornell Horticulture’s Thomas Bjorkman will close the session with an examination and discussion of market opportunities and the economics of fresh-market organic broccoli.  After the workshop, farmers are welcome to check out Bejo’s late fall plantings and demonstration gardens. Title: Organic Brassica School Date/Time: Thursday, October 30th, 2014, 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Location: Bejo Seeds, 1088 Healey Rd., Geneva, NY 14456 Fee: $10/person and $15/two or more per farm. Registration: To pre-register and pay, shop online at http://www.nofany.org/events/register or call Stephanie at 585-271-1979 ext. 509 to make payment. Registration is $10/person or $15/ group. Pre-registration is encouraged and closes at 4pm on October 27th. (after this, registration will be taken at the event—please arrive 15 minutes early to walk-in register). These programs are sponsored by NOFA-NY through NYSDAM Specialty Crop Block Grant.

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