by Timothy Weigle
At the recent 2011 Lake Erie Regional Grape Program Growers' Conference, Dr. Greg Loeb, Department of Entomology, Cornell University, NYSAES was recognized as the recipient of the 2010 NYS IPM Program Excellence in IPM Award.
Left to right, Don Rutz, Greg Loeb, Dan Sprague and Tim Weigle
Dr. Greg Loeb is housed at the New York Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, NY but is known by grape and small fruit growers across New York State. Evaluation, demonstration and successful implementation are core components of any research that Greg designs. Greg has an excellent relationship with growers, as shown by his research programs, consisting of projects aimed at solving problems that have been identified by the grape and berry processor and grower groups. Any project that Greg develops has the end goal of helping growers successfully manage pest by providing them with implementable IPM practices.
Growers across NYS know Greg by both face and name, as he is always willing to travel to a twilight meeting or grower conference to provide growers with the most current research-based information. When he isn't giving talks or conducting research trials, Greg is providing extension field staff and growers the latest IPM information through newsletter articles and fact sheets.
Most notable among Dr. Loeb's achievements is his impact on improving grape berry moth management tactics and approaches. His work on the new gape berry moth degree day model, to better predict their activity and appropriate timing of control methods, has been critical in developing this important advance in the management of this significant vineyard pest.
Greg's work as author of the insect management sections of the New York and Pennsylvania Pest Management Guidelines for Grapes, the Cornell Pest Management Guidelines for Berry Crops and the 2010 Production Guides for Organic Grapes, Blueberries and Strawberries provides growers across New York, Pennsylvania and the eastern United States with current research-based alternatives to dealing with insect pests on a traditional calendar based spray schedule.
To be eligible for this award the candidate must be nominated by an employee of Cornell University or by a member of a NYS IPM Program Committee for their work in IPM that deserves special recognition, and have a minimum of two letters supporting the nomination.