Learn the Latest on Berry Growing Online

News from Economic Development, Planning and Tourism, Posted on Thu, 08/20/2009 - 9:10am



Northeast berry growers can learn about the latest production techniques and integrated pest management practices from university experts in a series of online web seminars this fall and winter. The first of the dozen interactive, hour-long ‘webinars’ is scheduled for September 9 and will focus on growing strawberries on plastic and in high tunnels. The berry IPM webinar series is hosted by the Cornell University Department of Horticulture and funded by the Northeastern Integrated Pest Management Center.

The webinars are free, and participation is easy for anyone with a web browser and a high-speed internet connection. (Pre-registration is required.) If you can’t participate from your home or office computer, group viewings are being organized at selected Cornell Cooperative Extension offices around the state and other sites across the northeast region. Webinars will be recorded and archived for later viewing.

Webinar speakers will make their presentations live, and respond to questions and comments that participants type into an online chat box.

The webcasts are divided into 3 mini series focusing on major berry crops: strawberries, brambles, and blueberries/cranberries. Four presentations on each crop group comprise a mini series.

“Alternative Production Methods for Strawberries”, will kick off the strawberry mini series when it airs live September 9th, 2009 at 12:45 PM. Featured speakers for this webcast are Dr. Lewis Jett, West Virginia State University, and Ms. Kathy Demchak, Penn State University. Dr. Jett will be speaking on growing strawberries in high tunnels. Ms. Demchak will be speaking on northeast approaches to growing strawberries on plastic.

The first presentation will be offered at a variety of group session locations throughout NYS including CCE Albany, CCE Chautauqua, CCE Clinton, CCE Jefferson, CCE Oneida, and CCE Suffolk counties. Some of these group sessions may include an additional on site speaker or other berry-related event following the webcast, so please contact individual CCE offices for more information.

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009 will be the 2nd webcast in the strawberry series, also airing at 12:45 PM. Dr. Greg Loeb, Cornell University, will speak about managing strawberry sap beetle and tarnished plant bug; Dr. Richard Cowles, University of Connecticut, will help growers better understand strawberry vine weevil and its management.

Wednesday October 7th, 2009, 12:45 PM. Dr. Michael Ellis, Ohio State University, will speak on managing strawberry root diseases; Dr. David Gadoury, Cornell University will speak on strawberry powdery mildew management.

Friday October 30th, 2009, 12:45 PM. Dr. Robin Bellinder, Cornell University, will give an overview of strawberry weed management products; Dr. Marvin Pritts, Cornell University, will speak on cultural approaches to strawberry weed management.

There is no charge for webcast participation, but registration is required. Email with URL connection details is only sent to people who have registered. Connection details are sent about two days before the webinars. Please be connected by 12:45 PM.

Connections for each webcast are limited to 70 participants so register now by contacting Laura McDermott, lgm4 [at] cornell [dot] edu or calling 518-746-2562.

Check the web site for additional program and group viewing location details: www.fruit.cornell.edu/webinar.