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Using NEWA Internet Resources to Increase Use of Onion IPM 2002

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Project Leaders:

Carol R. MacNeil, CCE, Vegetable Extension Program in Ontario, Wayne, Yates and Steuben Cos., and

John P. Gibbons, CCE, Vegetable Extension Program in Ontario, Wayne, Yates and Steuben Cos., and NEWA, NYS IPM Program

Grower Cooperators:

Ken Datthyn, Sodus

Kevin Datthyn, Sodus

Jack and Mark Johnson, Sodus

Lucian Sacheli, Potter

Greg and Jeff Squires, Prattsburg

Training practitioners to use IPM techniques

Wayne, Yates and Steuben Counties

Abstract:

Growers on 5 onion farms were taught how to access information from NEWA and 4 were assisted in incorporating NEWA disease and weather forecasts, as well as field scouting, into their crop protection decision-making process. This helped them fine-tune their pesticide applications and to reduce the risks of crop loss from pests. It is expected that they would make more use of NEWA in a year with normal/excess rainfall. Two of the 4 growers never participated in an onion IPM program before.

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