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Improving crop management in NY greenhouses through local hands-on workshops 2012

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Project Leaders: Elizabeth Lamb, NYS IPM, Cornell University, and Brian Eshenaur, NYS IPM, Cornell University

Cooperators:
Neil S. Mattson, Horticulture, Cornell University
John P. Sanderson, Entomology, Cornell University
Karen Dean Hall, New York State Flower Industries

Abstract:

Greenhouse growers in NYS are looking for educational opportunities to learn more about managing their crops to maximize profitability. Annual hands-on workshops in Ithaca were very well received as a method to extend crop management information.

This project brings the workshops to the producers rather than vice versa.  Each traveling workshop is adapted to local needs and provides the opportunity to apply the knowledge in a real world setting with a grower-led greenhouse tour.

Giving greenhouse growers the chance to learn crop management techniques in a local, hands-on setting provides them with information to improve product quality and/or reduce losses or input costs. The longer term and broader benefits of extending crop management information are reduced environmental and human exposure to pesticides and fertilizers, and the potential for marketing a more ‘sustainable’ product.