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IPM Demonstration and Implementation Plan for Christmas Tree Growers 2001

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Project Leader(s): Stephanie Mallozzi, Extension Educator CCE – Dutchess County

Gary Couch, Cornell Ornamentals IPM Specialist – Hudson Valley.

Cooperator(s): George Hudler, Plant Pathology Professor, Cornell University, Karen Snover, Director, Cornell Plant Pathology Diagnostic Laboratory, Leslie Weston, Weed Science Professor, Cornell University.

Type of grant: Implementation – Continuing.

Abstract: The program increased in both numbers of participants and acreage enrolled in 2001. Outside resources were acquired and distributed and new resources were developed. Pests and pest management patterns were further delineated. Analysis of economic factors is delayed until anticipated data is received. Growers were educated via one-on-one contact, newsletters, and a workshop. A rare disease was detected, successfully diagnosed and managed accordingly. A weed management demonstration trial was initiated and results were viewed and discussed at a twilight workshop. Though interest is strong in marketing Christmas tree IPM, funding constraints need to be overcome. This Christmas tree IPM demonstration and education program continues to be unique to Dutchess County and New York State. We expect this program to eventually become a blueprint for others to establish a Christmas tree IPM education program in other parts of New York State.