Pest Pressures and Cultural Practices on Hemp Farms in Southeastern NY

Worksite Location
Primarily, Orange County. But may also be in Ulster, Sullivan & Dutchess, Putnam, Westchester & Rockland if hemp production occurs in these counties in ’19.
Project Dates
Late May through early August 2019
Faculty Sponsor
Christine Smart
Other Campus-Based Mentors/Supervisors
Larry Smart, Lead of Hemp Program
Field Mentors/Supervisors
Maire Ullruch, CCE Orange County
Wages Up To
Project Summary and Intended Outcomes

The intent of the project is to provide data collection for researchers while providing intensive connection with producers for the fledgling help industry in New York.  There is a concentrated production area in Orange County (about 100 acres in 2018 plus greenhouse production) and a few farms in the neighboring counties of Ulster, Duchess and Sullivan.  Several of the farms, in different counties, are working with the same processors or permit holder so this will help correlate information between them as well.

Roles and Responsibilities

The student will be the regular, on-farm face of CCE and Cornell for the participating hemp farms.  The student will be responsible for periodic field visits, ideally weekly to help farms to identify weed, insect and disease pests, assess pest pressure and collect information on varieties, cultural practices and grower concerns with regards to the crop.  CCE staff and faculty will consult with student to report back to producers with technical results from testing or suggestions for management.  Reports for producers will be provided by the student. CCE staff and faculty will design how we would like to engage with student on data collection, results and follow-up information.

Qualifications and Previous Coursework

Some or several of introductory Entomology, Plant Pathology, Soils, and/or crop production coursework would be preferred.  Communications, economics and/or education coursework would be advantageous.   A student should be outgoing and be willing to interact with producers face-to-face, on the phone or via written and electronic communications.    The student should be self-motivated. Attention to detail is critical. 

Benefits and Skills

Student will be immersed in hemp production techniques and leading research information on the crop.  Additionally, the student will gain experience as a consultant and how to gather and exchange information. Student will learn how Orange county CCE functions and how educators connect with campus-based faculty.