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Applying weather data and forecasts for managing crop inputs and reducing crop losses 2010

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Project Leaders: Juliet Carroll, NYS IPM

Abstract: Our project covered education on managing the risk of weather in crop production. Weather data is crucial to effective pest management, critical for preventing crop loss, and essential for documenting damaging weather conditions. We upgraded the Network for Environment and Weather Applications (NEWA) at www.newa.cornell.edu, tracked website access, and offered hands-on computer workshops and presentations on NEWA for farmers. Our audience consisted of high-value fruit and vegetable growers in New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont. Six educators conducted up to two workshops each, five educators gave a presentation at their extension meetings and all disseminated information in newsletters. 61 farmers attended workshops and 19 will continue to utilize NEWA weather data and pest forecasts for crop and pest risk management decisions. 1020 farmers attended presentations and over 1800 received newsletters with NEWA information. The improved NEWA website will be utilized by over 1200 additional farmers independently seeking weather risk management applications.