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September 29, 2013

Farm briefs: Sept. 29, 2013

Allium School offered for onion-family growers

WEST CHAZY — Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) and the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program have announced two 2013 Northern New York Allium Schools — day-long programs to help garlic, onion, leek and shallot growers explore best-management practices.

The CCE St. Lawrence County Learning Farm in Canton will host the 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. event on Monday, Oct. 21.

The program of speakers repeats from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the Beekmantown Town Hall in West Chazy.

Garlic, onions, leeks and shallots are members of the Allium family of crops commercially grown in northern New York state. The popular fresh-market crops are well suited to the cooler growing conditions of the region.

“This day-long program offers growers the opportunity to explore the latest and best-management practices for producing top-quality crops of garlic, onions, leeks and shallots and to discuss the challenges particular to each crop,” said Allium School organizer Amy Ivy, vegetable specialist with the Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture Program.

Crop spacing, mulching, fertility, harvest and storage practices, and pest and disease pressures, will be covered. Both organic and conventional practices will be discussed at the two schools. Speakers include Ivy, Eastern New York Horticulture Program Garlic Specialist Crystal Stewart, Cornell Vegetable Program Onion Specialist Christy Hoeping, and Cornell Entomology Researcher Dr. Masa Seto. DEC pesticide recertification credits will be available.

The cost to attend the program that includes lunch and resource materials is $10 per person. The program is the same both days; growers can choose the location and date most convenient. Registration is due by Wednesday, Oct. 16. Call 561-7450 or see Event Registration at http://cce.cornell.edu/Clinton.

Ward Lumber to host Hog Harvest Seminar 

Jay — Ward Lumber is hosting a Hog Harvest Seminar for anyone who is interested in learning to harvest their own swine.

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