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Monday, March 12 2012 1:00 AM - 1:00 AM

Learn to Forecast Tomato/Potato Late Blight Risk for YOUR Farm - March 21 or 23
Carol MacNeil, Cornell Regional Vegetable Program
 
Do you grow potatoes or tomatoes commercially?  Have you suffered crop losses or had high fungicide spray bills due to late blight?  If you have any kind of internet access, even if you’re not a regular user, this workshop is for you!   Come as a beginner, or come learn about newer features, if you received training a year or two ago.  The “Forecast Tomato/Potato Late Blight for YOUR Farm” workshops will be held Wednesday, March 21st, 1 – 4 pm, in Batavia, and on Friday, March 23rd, 9 am – noon, in Geneva, your choice.  Pre-registration is required (see below). 2+ DEC credits will be available.  
 
To set the stage we’ll provide a review and update of late blight (LB) identification on potatoes and tomatoes, risk factors for 2012, and management guidelines.  Then we’ll review the “old” Blitecast system, based on recent weather, and expressed in severity values (SV).  When a location reaches 18 SVs from first potato emergence the first fungicide spray recommendation is triggered.  This system should be familiar to those who’ve read the Cornell Vegetable Program Veg Edge Weekly newsletter.
   
The workshops will be led by Carol MacNeil and John Gibbons, Abby Seaman, and Ian Small, Cornell Vegetable Program in Allegany, Cattaraugus, Erie, Genesee, Monroe, Niagara, Onondaga, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Wayne & Yates Counties, NYS IPM Vegetable Coordinator, and Late Blight Forecast Project - Plant Pathology, Cornell, respectively.  We will be available for follow-up after the workshop and during the growing season.
 
The “Forecast Tomato/Potato Late Blight for YOUR Farm” workshops will be held March 21st and 23rd.  Choose one of the dates and locations below.  Pre-register by Monday, March 12th.  Contact Carol MacNeil at  crm6@cornell.edu or 585-313-8796 (Please supply your email address and phone number; bring a laptop if you  can, or tell us you’ll need one).  
Forecasting Tomato/Potato Late Blight for YOUR Farm
-          Wednesday, March 21st, 1 - 4 pm, Batavia, or
-          Friday, March 23rd, 9 am – noon, Geneva
Free for Cornell Vegetable Program enrollees; $5 for others.  2+ DEC pesticide credits available.  Special needs: Contact Carol MacNeil at  crm6@cornell.edu or 585-394-3977 x406 in advance.
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