The Nursery IPM Team
IPM work in ornamentals spans the far reaches of New York state and includes turfgrass, greenhouses, and nurseries. Teamwork in the nursery setting is a burgeoning part of recent IPM efforts and has resulted in impacts such as these in 1997:
- six major nursery growers in Erie County reduced their pesticide use, learned the importance of spray water quality, and improved their skills in the areas of pest identification, record keeping, and identification of beneficial insects
- reflective mulch was found to be an effective means of reducing numbers of a common insect pest in field-grown cut flowers in Putnam County
- Branching Out, an IPM-related newsletter, provided timely insect and disease information for tree and shrub pest managers to 672 subscribers
Included here are many of the Cornell employees who have contributed in various ways to nursery IPM in New York. Also referred to, though not by name, are the growers who have allocated portions of their nurseries for IPM demonstrations. Without their cooperation and enthusiasm, IPM methods could not traverse the distance between small-scale experiments and implementable techniques.
Christine Casey worked in Ithaca as an IPM extension educator until August, 1997, when she left the job to pursue further education. Christine lent her expertise in biological control to nurseries in western New York in 1996 and 1997 and led a demonstration of reflective mulch for thrips management in field-grown cut flowers in Dutchess County in 1997. Linda Yannone, a graduate student in the Department of Floriculture and Ornamental Horticulture, assisted with the thrips project.
Scott Clark is an extension educator in Suffolk County. He has responsibility for ornamentals, especially for nurseries. He laid the groundwork for nursery IPM in the state, doing the first outreach to nursery growers some 10 years ago. Since that time he has continued to introduce IPM scouting and other IPM methods to nursery growers on Long Island.
Andrew Corbin, IPM extension educator since 1996, works in ornamentals both on Long Island and in the lower Hudson Valley. This year he and Gilrein co-led a project using Oriental beetle pheromone traps in a Long Island nursery.
Karen Dean, extension educator in Erie County, is the project leader for the nursery IPM project there. She teaches the growers participating in this project to do their own scouting, which has led to reductions in pesticide use. In 1997 Karen organized two summer meetings at which larger groups of nursery growers received timely pest management information.
Rod Ferrentino is the ornamentals IPM coordinator, based in Ithaca. Rod contributes to the nursery IPM team his expertise in public speaking and education and in overall coordination and analysis of IPM-funded projects.
Daniel Gilrein, entomologist for Cornell Cooperative Extension, Suffolk County, has been working for several years on educating nursery growers about IPM. In 1997 he worked alongside Corbin on the testing of Oriental beetle pheromone traps in container-grown nursery crops on Long Island.
George Good, faculty member in the Department of Floriculture and Ornamental Horticulture, brings to the team expertise in cold hardiness of woody plants and cultural and mechanical methods of protecting such plants in the winter.
Growers who have allowed IPM demonstrations to occur in their nurseries have contributed their time and risked loss to their crops for the sake of education and the advancement of IPM methods.
George Hudler, faculty member in the Department of Plant Pathology, contributes knowledge on diseases and insect pests of trees and shrubs. He edits Branching Out, a newsletter that serves as the only formal yearly record of insect and disease occurrence and severity on trees and shrubs in New York state.
Andy Senesac is a weed specialist and an extension educator in Suffolk County. He educates nursery growers about such IPM methods as weed mapping (finding where the weed problems are) and ground cover management.
Michael Villani, a faculty member in the Department of Entomology, Geneva, lent his expertise in Oriental beetles to the pheromone trapping project executed by Corbin and Gilrein.
The Value of Teamwork
"The IPM participants have become a group of growers I will continue to work with because of their support and enthusiasm for IPM and Cornell Cooperative Extension. Though a transition has been made from IPM-subsidized scouting to private scouting, I believe that there will continue to be an IPM link between these growers and Cooperative Extension."
"While there is often concern that one can get lost in the crowd when engaged in research collaboration, my past and present projects with [others] has only helped my overall program and, I hope, has also helped theirs."