berry production workshops to be held in Stephentown, Abers Acres in Kennedy | News, Sports, Jobs

On Wednesday, September 15, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., The Berry Patch in Stephentown and Abers Acres in Kennedy will host concurrent berry production workshops in collaboration with Cornell University.

Designed for the commercial berry grower, the free workshops will provide farmers with up-to-date tools and techniques to monitor Spotted-wing Drosophila, an invasive pest. They will also cover the use of exclusion nets to control the pest, as well as understanding cultural and chemical management strategies. The workshops are sponsored by the New York State Berry Growers Association and are free; pre-registration is required.

The educational event will include hands-on demonstrations, presentations and question-and-answer sessions with a variety of experts. For the Stephentown workshop, speakers are Laura McDermott of Cornell Cooperative Extension, Dale-Ila Riggs, owner of Berry Patch, Ted Storozum of Quebec-based netting maker TekKnit, Chris Callahan of the University of Vermont and Paul Lucas of Gintec in Ontario, Canada. Presenters for the Kennedy Workshop include Dr Greg Loeb and Stephen Hessler from Cornell University, Anya Osatuke from Cornell Cooperative Extension Harvest NY and Abers Acres owner John Abers.

The program of the two workshops is identical and will cover:

¯ An overview of spotted wing drosophila (DAT) monitoring and management with insecticides and cultural practices

¯ An introduction to the exclusion net, a non-chemical organic control for DAT

¯ Structural considerations for installing exclusion nets

¯ Use of exclusion nets on raspberry crops in the autumn tunnel

¯ Practical demonstration of removing and storing nets

Although the workshop is free, registration is required. Aber’s Acres is located on Route 394 in Kennedy. Visit to register.

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