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Abby Seaman

Abby Seaman

Vegetable IPM Coordinator

New York State Integrated Pest Management Program, Cornell University, New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, 630 W. North Street, Geneva, NY 14456
(315) 787-2422

EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND RELATED PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • M.S., Entomology, Cornell University, 1990
  • B.S., Plant Protection, Cornell University, 1980
  • Worked in several research technical positions, 1980-92.
  • Field director and editor, IPM Laboratories, 1990-92

Professional activities

Responsibilities

  • In collaboration with Cornell faculty, Cornell Cooperative Extension field staff, and IPM Program staff, foster and support the adoption of IPM practices among NY vegetable producers. 

Current/Ongoing Projects

  • Trials of insecticide and fungicide products allowed for organic production, in collaboration with Chris Smart and Holly Lange from the Department of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology, and Tony Shelton from the Department of Entomology.  Our trials have focused on insects and diseases of particular interest to organic vegetable producers.  Please see Testing the efficacy of insecticides and fungicides allowed for organic vegetable production (2012), and our papers listed in the Vegetable section of the 2011 IPM Project Reports.
  • Online educational modules that qualify for NYS Department of Environmental Conservation pesticide applicator recertification credits.  Please see the PMEP Distance Learning Center to access the modules.
  • Late blight tracking and forecasting.  As part of a national AFRI funded project I am working with the extension team to help keep information on usablight.org current and accurate, train new users of the Late Blight Decision Support System, and I am working with eOrganic staff to produce a series of videos on scouting for and diagnosing late blight.
  • Updating Organic Vegetable Production Guides.  Oversaw the process of removing materials that are no longer OMRI listed or registered in NY, and adding new materials that came on the market in the past year.

Accomplishments (Past Five Years)

  • Coordinating editor of eight Organic Production Guides for vegetable crops.  Supported by funding from the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets.  Available to download for free here.
  • Member of the team updating the Resource Guide for Organic Insect and Disease Management.  Four new crop chapters and four new Material Fact Sheets were added.
  • Coordinated the Sweet Corn Pheromone Trap Network that provides farmers across the state with information on flights of the adult stage of worm pests, to support and encourage their IPM practices in sweet corn and peppers.
  • Coordinated the late blight network to facilitate communication about late blight incidence and severity in the Northeast.  This has been replaced by usablight.org.
  • Developing farmers' skills and confidence in the use of Trichogramma ostriniae for European corn borer control in sweet corn, peppers and potatoes.  A Northeast SARE funded project in collaboration with Ruth Hazzard from the University of Massachusetts and Tom Kuhar at Virginia Tech.

Memberships and Service

  • Chair of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Vegetable Program Work Team
  • Co-chair of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Organic Program Work Team
  • NYS IPM Program Work Team
  • NYS IPM Operating Committee
  • Vegetable IPM Implementation Committee
  • New York Producer’s Expo planning committee