Event Details

Date

March 9, 2022

Time

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Location

Online event

Host

Harvest New York

Sam Anderson
781-366-5939


Urban Ag Pest Updates: Cabbage Whitefly

March 9, 2022


If you are an urban farmer in NYC and you see tiny white creatures fluttering around your brassicas, or little yellowish larvae stuck firmly to the undersides of your kale, collard, and broccoli leaves, there's a good chance you are looking at cabbage whitefly. This pest, resembling a very small moth but more closely related to aphids, is a relatively new species in our region, but for many NYC urban farms it's already the top brassica pest.

In this lunch session, CCE Urban Agriculture Specialist Sam Anderson will give an overview of what we know about cabbage whitefly, including how to recognize it early. We will see what has and hasn't worked for other urban farmers, and we will talk through some strategies you can try this year, leaving plenty of time for Q&A and farmer-to-farmer sharing. This is a free event!




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The conference will cover the history of the fruit, best growing practices, processing, value-added production, and marketing. Guest speakers will include growers and researchers from the US and Canada, including Dr. Bob Bors from the University of Saskatchewan. Attendees will also be able to network and attend an optional farm tour immediately after the conference. 

Announcements

Field Guide: Arthropod Pests of NYC Vegetables

Arthropod Pests of NYC Vegetables aims to help urban farmers and gardeners find, identify, and understand the most common and important insects and other arthropod pests found in New York City farms and gardens. Some of these pests are rarely mentioned in other guides but are common in NYC. The guide emphasizes scouting tips, including how to identify pests by the damage they leave behind, even when you can't find the insect itself.

This guide was created as a collaboration between Cornell Cooperative Extension's Harvest New York team and the New York State Integrated Pest Management Program.