Extension Associate Sr
Kennedy Hall, Room Box 15
I am the Fruit IPM Coordinator for the NY State IPM Program. My work addresses the pest management issues facing the tree fruit, berry and grape industries of NY. I work closely with Cornell Cooperative Extension personnel, faculty, legislators, the fruit industry, consultants, and growers. After receiving my Masters degree, I directed the Plant Disease Clinic at Cornell. During that time I developed the Cornell 4H plant pathology program, contributed to the American Phytopathological Society`s K-12 outreach programs and authored a monograph for high school biology teachers. My research has been varied, covering Dutch elm disease as an undergrad, maple decline, wheat spindle streak mosaic virus, carrot leaf blights, grapevine powdery mildew, bacterial canker of cherry, and tarnished plant bug on strawberry. Currently, I am investigating the impact of copper bactericides and pruning practices on the management of bacterial canker of sweet cherry and my work in blueberry fields has helped uncover viral diseases as major limiting factors in crop yield. I created and maintain Trac Software, a pesticide record-keeping and reporting program for fruit farmers to meet market traceability requirements and federal and state pesticide safety requirements. I lead the Network for Environment and Weather Awareness (NEWA), a weather mesonet, that provides weather information and IPM forecasts at newa.cornell.edu.
I am currently studying the impact of copper bactericides and pruning practices on the management of bacterial canker of cherry. In a survey of blueberry plantings in NY, I found Phomopsis canker most prevalent and uncovered several viral diseases which pose serious threats to crop productivity and planting longevity. I have explored mechanisms to expand the use of IPM forecast technology on the farm and developed the NEWA mesonet at newa.cornell.edu.
I serve NY as the Fruit IPM Coordinator for the NY State IPM Program in Cornell Cooperative Extension. My program includes Tim Weigle, Grape IPM Extension Educator. Farmers utilize my Trac Software, a pesticide record-keeping and reporting program for fruit farmers, which facilitates traceability reporting to food processors, packers and shippers, and automatically creates EPA Worker Protection Standard Central Posting Forms. I was appointed the Leader for the IPM Program`s Network for Environment and Weather Awareness (NEWA), a weather mesonet, that provides pest and disease forecast models and weather information online. I have coordinated the development of IPM Elements for fruit crops and an Integrated Fruit Production (IFP) protocol for apples. IPM Elements provide a metric for farmers to source funds available through the Farm Bill. I provide editorial leadership for the Cornell Fruit Resources website, www.fruit.cornell.edu. I contribute to the yearly editions of the Cornell Pest Management Guidelines publications for Tree Fruit, Berry Crops, and Grapes. I give about 20 talks each year on IPM topics to extension personnel and growers. We recently completed the development of organic production guides for grapes, strawberries and blueberries.