The Organization of a Special Spray Service in New York State

C. R. Crosby, R. G. Palmer
1920 Journal of Economic Entomology  
It is becoming increasingly apparent that to be most effective demonstration work in the control of insect pests and plant diseases should be conducted for the most part on the basis of a seasonal pro-' gram of treatment and not by demonstrating the control of any single disease or pest nor by isolated tests of spray materials or methods of application. The object of this kind of demonstration work is to show the value of the approved seasonal program of treatment as adapted to local conditions
more » ... and to the weather prevalent during the season, and to teach the growers the most effective and economical method of protecting their crops from insect pests and plant diseases. Both from an educational and financial standpoint demonstrations conducted in accordance with the seasonal program are of greater value not only to the individual but also to the county as a whole. Efficiency requires that the work be done with an organized group of growers rather than with individuals. In order to achieve this result it is necessary that sound expert advice be available and that the necessary information be placed in the hands of the growers at the time when it will be of most use to them. In an attempt to meet these requirements we have in New York state worked out a plan of cooperation between the College of Agriculture and the County Farm Bureau Associations whereby a special field assistant is stationed in the county during the growing season and conducts the work under the supervision of the Departments of Entomology and Plant Pathology. Our present system of conducting this work is based on the plan of organization and cooperation used during the war to increase crop production by preventing losses from diseases and insects. At the outbreak ofthe war the New York state legislature passed a law establishing a State Food Supply Commission for the purpose of stimulating production in agriculture.
doi:10.1093/jee/13.2.212 fatcat:jeocoi7pnvan5khjge7zebuf3m