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Using NEWA Internet Resources to Increase Use of Onion IPM 2003

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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

Type of grant: Training practitioners to use IPM techniques

Project Locations: Wayne, Yates and Steuben Counties

Abstract:

Growers on 5 onion farms received a review on how to access information from NEWA and they were assisted in incorporating NEWA disease and weather forecasts, as well as field scouting, into their crop protection decision-making process. The wet season and significant disease pressure were motivating factors in their use of the onion disease and weather forecasts. The Modified Blight Alert and the Michigan Botrytis Forecast numbers were impressive and the growers took the disease pressure seriously. One of the 5 growers never participated in an onion IPM program before.

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