July 22, 2012

Farm briefs: July 22, 2012


---- — Master food-preservation training offered

PLATTSBURGH — Instruction on the preservation of food is being offered through Cornell Cooperative Extension Aug. 21-24 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Participants can learn and receive hands-on experience in boiling water and pressure canning, gelled products, pickling, freezing and drying, and join a discussion of other methods of preservation. Certificates of participation are distributed to those who complete the course, the first step toward becoming a CCE Master Food Preserver.

This is a train-the-trainer program. Successful participants can offer workshops in their communities. Space is limited and participants must register before hand. The workshop cost is $300 per participant. The registration deadline is Aug. 13.

For more information, contact Karen Armstrong at 483-7403.


Controls available for potato leafhopper

PLATTSBURGH — A relatively new Organic Materials Review Institute-approved product labeled for the control of potato leafhoppers, the fungus Beauveria bassiana, is now available for farmers.

The potato leafhopper has been a significant pest in the North Country recently, attacking potato plants as well as green legumes such as alfalfa. Available commercially as Mycotrol-O, this product presents another option for rotating with other pesticides such as Pyganic to prevent resistance. It is recommended to mix Mycotrol-O with an insect growth regulator, such as Molt-X, and an adjuvant (spreader/sticker) such as Silwet Eco. Mycotrol should not be used when honeybees are actively foraging.

Mycotrol-O is most effective when used early in the leafhopper’s life cycle and before heavy infestation. Good plant coverage is essential, so using the adjuvant is very important, as is using the appropriate sprayer that will put the product on the underside of leaves. A great resource for choosing, using, calibrating, calculating product rates, and modifying backpack sprayers is


Urban crow management seminar offered

SYRACUSE — An Urban Crow Management Seminar will be held Aug. 2 in Syracuse.

It is sponsored by the New York State Wildlife Management Association and is primarily directed toward municipal officials in areas that have an existing or developing crow nuisance problem, but anyone interested in learning about crows, the problems they cause and potential solutions is welcome.

There have been a number of upstate cities that have had a large number of crows congregate in their urban areas. The noise and droppings have created a public nuisance and public health concerns which require a Crow Dispersal Program.

The seminar will be held by Cody Baciuska, president of the association, and a bird-control professional. Presenters include Kevin McGowan, Ph.d., from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, who will speak on American Crow Intelligence and Natural History, and Laurie Ulrich Fuller of the Lancaster Crow Coalition, who will speak on innovative techniques for Urban Crow Roost Dispersal. Baciuska will describe and demonstrate safe use of pyrotechnics for harassing birds.

The seminar is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Baldwinsville Lions Clubhouse, 1 Lions Parkway, Baldwinsville. The clubhouse is located in the Baldwinsville Village Community Park.

There is no charge, but pre-registation to is required.

For more information, contact Cody Baciuska at 607-760-8748 or visit www.