Consumers can call (585) 343-3040 ext. 127 or visit the Master Gardener Office at the Extension Center to get assistace from a Master Gardener. Master Gardeners are in the office Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. They may also be reached via e-mail at: email@example.com.
Consumers are encouraged to bring plant or insect samples in to the office to help the Master Gardeners better diagnose their problems.
Messages can be left at any time for the Master Gardeners to answer. Please leave your name, address and phone number so the Master Gardeners can respond to your question.
Lists approved insecticides in NYS.
How do I manage Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) in my garden?
Recognize Fruit Damage from Spotted Wing
This is a large file! Color pictures of plants to use instead of impatiens.
Michigan State University
Disease threatens Impatiens
CCE Suffolk County
e-Gro Alert, CCE Suffolk Co.
Geared for greenhouse growers of impatiens
Luke F. Laborde; Penn State Dept of Food Science
Article by Barbara Ingham, Univ of Wisconsin
Are they safe to eat?
Welcome to USA blight, a new national website that will act as an information portal on late blight. You can report disease occurrences, submit a sample online, observe disease occurrence maps, and sign up for text disease alerts. There are also useful links to a decision support system, and information about identification and management of the disease.
Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN): http://eden.lsu.edu/Topics/Hazards/Drought/Pages/default.aspx
U.S. Drought Monitor: http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/monitor.html
Extension's Consumer Horticulture Education program teaches Genesee County residents about the science and art of gardening. Creative workshops and educational classes, along with newspaper articles and Extension publications, provide garden enthusiasts with science-based information and helpful tips that will keep their gardens healthy and beautiful all season long.
The Master Gardener Program is a key component of the Consumer Horticulture Program at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County. Master Gardeners are trained volunteers with an interest in horticulture, who assist in developing and delivering educational programming to Genesee County residents. They assist homeowners by answering questions regarding landscaping, houseplants, beneficial and harmful insects, diseases, wildlife management, integrated pest management, soils, and much more.
SWD is an introduced pest from East Asia. The crops at highest risk for infestation by spotted wing drosophila (SWD) include fall raspberries, blackberries and blueberries. Cherries, both tart and sweet, elderberries and peaches are also susceptible. Thin-skinned grapes can be infested directly, though cracked or damaged berries are more susceptible. Early season June-bearing strawberries may escape injury, but late summer fruit or day-neutral varieties may suffer damage.
Guidelines for farmers to protect berry crops from spotted wing drosophila were recently published in the NY Berry News. The article, Chemical Control of Spotted Wing Drosophila in Berry Crops, by Loeb et al., outlines key approaches for getting the best results from sprays aimed at protecting berries from SWD infestation. To help home gardeners battle SWD, a fact sheet has been developed, How do I manage Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) in my garden?
Get the latest information from the NYS IPM Program. http://blogs.cornell.edu/swd1/
There are several websites now dedicated to SWD biology and management in both the eastern and western US. The Cornell Fruit Resources website offers information on SWD monitoring and management for NYS: http://www.fruit.cornell.edu/spottedwing/.
Learn how to identify it. Oregon State Extension has a video posted on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxHhMRh9gnI
Scientists at Cornell University have set traps in NY to monitor for SWD. As of June 7, 2013 no SWD have been found in any traps. They are posting data directly into a NY distribution map that is linked on Cornell Fruit Resources (http://www.fruit.cornell.edu/spottedwing/dist.html) and the NYS IPM (http://nysipm.cornell.edu/invasives_exotics/swd/swd.asp) websites.
Neighbors Join Forces to Create Bird-Friendly Yards
Ithaca – An area the size of West Virginia is converted to residential use each decade, leaving less habitat to support wildlife. But many people use their yards to help birds and other wildlife by setting up feeders, building nest boxes, or putting in special plants. With that in mind, the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's YardMap project (http://content.yardmap.org/), in partnership with the Cornell University Department of Landscape Architecture, is hosting a unique contest. Groups of neighbors across New York State are invited to work together to build larger networks of bird-friendly habitat.
YardMap is a free, year-round citizen-science project focused on building bird habitat. Individuals sign up for YardMap and create a basic map of their yard using easy "point and click" online tools. The goal of the contest is to gather other neighbors to join YardMap and map their properties then enter the contest as a neighborhood group.
Contest winners will receive free landscape design advice from the Cornell Department of Landscape Architecture. A student-professor team from the Cornell YardWorks Studio led by Cornell Landscape Architecture Assistant Professor Josh Cerra will work with the winning neighborhood groups to develop a habitat enhancement plan that coordinates the efforts of all participating landowners. Winners will receive schematic designs that lay out concepts for habitat enhancement in each individual yard and include planting advice, plant lists, and illustrative landscape designs. http://yardworks.yardmap.org/
Winners will be selected based on the number of maps that neighborhoods can generate, and their proximity to one another. Participants don't have to be bird experts. For additional contest information, visit yardworks.yardmap.org. The deadline for entries is June 25, 2013.
"One important step we can take is to think a little bigger than our own backyard by working with neighbors across property boundaries to create larger areas of habitat," says Cerra. "This is not a common practice, and that is where expert help, like the design and planning exercises we are offering as a prize for this contest, can come in handy."
Watch and record birds at your backyard feeder this winter.
Cornell Lab of Ornithology
If you're a citizen: This is the place to find out about, take part in, and contribute to science through recreational activities and research projects.
Launching Soon -
Mapping project about habitat creation and low-impact land use
A series of FREE online webinars that are focused on topics such as recent research on EAB and other invasive pests and diseases (such as hemlock wooly adelgid, thousand cankers, Asian longhorned beetle & viburnum leaf beetle), what homeowners need to know to recognize and manage EAB, preparing municipalities for EAB, and many other useful and interesting subjects. The EAB webinars are being updated so that participants will have the latest information. It is funded by the USDA Forest Service.
For the webinar schedule or to view past webinars go to http://emeraldashborer.info/eab_university.cfm.
Try one of these under used plants in your garden.
Winter Storage of Geranium, Canna, Gladiolus, Caladium, and Begonia
If you suspect that you have bed bugs in your home, contact the Health Department first. The Health Dept. is located at County Building 2, 3837 West Main St., Batavia. Insect samples should be put in a clear sandwich bag and then in another sealed bag or in a clear bag and then in a jar. Place them in the freezer for 3 days.
Please do not bring live samples into the Master Gardener office.
Univ of Minnesota
Information on freezing items