October 19, 2010
Contact: Amy Ivy, Cornell Cooperative Extension, 518-561-7450
New York State Berry and Vegetable Specialists to Speak at Nov.
— Start-ups Invited to Join Commercial Growers
Northern New York – On November 13, 2010, New York State’s Vegetable and
Berry Specialists will present information to help people interested in
beginning to grow everything from squash to strawberries and those
already involved in commercial fruit and vegetable production. The
Cornell Cooperative Extension Associations of Northern New York have
organized the 10am to 3pm program at the Cornell Cooperative Extension
Learning Farm in Canton, NY, with funding in part from the farmer-driven
Northern New York Agricultural Development Program.
The November 13 workshop speakers include New York State Vegetable
Specialist Judson Reid, New York State Berry Specialist Cathy
Heidenreich, Regional Vegetable and Berry Specialist Laura McDermott,
Horticulture Educator/CCE Clinton County Executive Director Amy Ivy, and
local and regional growers.
Heidenreich says, “Season extension techniques in berry crops, including
use of early, mid and late season varieties; plant manipulation, such as
deblossoming and pinching; and environment manipulation, including use
of floating row covers and low and high tunnels, may add 10- to 14 days
to both ends of the growing season.”
Heidenreich adds that the benefits of season extension include capturing
early and late season pricing differences along with improved yield,
fruit quality, and shelf life.
The November 13 workshop topics include selecting the right type of
production system for your land, time and management resources;
irrigation strategies; soil management; and recordkeeping of costs to
determine which crops are profitable, budgeting for investing in a high
tunnel and projected payback.
Ivy says, “This workshop is focused on how growers in Northern New York
can extend their growing, harvesting, and sales seasons through the use
of a number of production systems. “Row covers, low tunnels, hoop houses
and high tunnels are some of the devices that can extend the Northern
New York season well into the fall and help growers get an early start
the following spring.
Cost for the 10am to 3pm program, materials and lunch is $20;
registration with CCE St. Lawrence County at 315-379-9192 is required by
November 10. For more information, contact Amy Ivy at CCE Clinton
The farmer-driven Northern New York Agricultural Development Program
supports research, technical assistance and outreach for dairy, crop,
fruit, vegetable, maple, and biofuel producers in Clinton, Essex,
Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties. Learn more online
at www.nnyagdev.org. #