- Vegetables: sweet corn
- Pest Management: botanical pesticides
Project objectives from proposal:
To assess the effectiveness of new bird repellants in reducing damage in sweet corn four, on-farm demonstration trials will be set up to simulate actual farm use. The location of the sites and plot size will be determined in the spring by the number of available sweet corn acres on each farm. At each sites three treatments will be evaluated in large demonstration plots 1. Untreated check; 2. Avian Control (methyl anthranilate) 24 oz/A applied at the first migration of bird and reapplied on a 6-8 day interval up to 4 times in the season; 3. Mylar helium filled hawk balloons 3 per/acre. A fourth treatment using an air dancer will be tested at only one site, due to cost limitations of grant. We will pursue other funds to test this treatment on at least one more site. Treatments will begin at the first noted migration of bird and will be separated by at least 100 feet to eliminate border effects.
Data collection will include:
b. Ear damage will be recorded from 10 ears in 20 locations within each treatment plot. Number of ears damaged and number of kernels damaged will be recorded.
Results: Results will be compiled and summarized for use in educational programs. The results from this study will be used to create fact-sheets and presented to growers at field meetings or other workshops to help assist them in mitigating bird damage. Results from this project will developed into a succinct research summary in PDF form. This summary then will be disseminated through various media outlets, such as the Cornell Vegetable Program website http://cvp.cce.cornell.edu, transmitted by email to our cooperators as an article in the Cornell Vegetable Program Newsletter “VegEdge,” and handed out at field days/on-farm visits or at workshop programs. We will also make this information available to county agricultural educators. In addition the results of successful treatment may be used in presentations at grower meetings, Empire Producers Expo and professional meetings. We will also enlist our cooperators to provide their personal experiences in the project at field days or workshops.