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Targeted outreach to growers and service providers dealing with disease introduced by 2011 flooding 2012

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Project Leaders: Laura McDermott and Crystal Stewart, Cornell University Cooperative Extension Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture Program (CCE ENYCHP, formerly Capital District Vegetable and Small Fruit Program)

• Dr. Chris Smart, Cornell University, NYSAES, Geneva, NY
• Dr. Michael Mazourek, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
• Dr. Margaret McGrath, Cornell University, LIHREC
• Chuck Bornt, CCE ENYCHP


Flooding in 2011 spread Phytophthora capsici into fields with no history of the disease. Growers who have not managed P. capsici previously could inadvertently and permanently spread the disease to additional fields and could experience high rates of crop loss due to improper management of the disease. A series of three webinars and articles on identification and proper management of this disease will reduce the probability of these negative outcomes on eastern NY farms. This efficient outreach, combined with traditional field meetings and the development of a management checklist will help us reach growers quickly and effectively.