9:00 – 1:30
9:00 – Registration
9:30-10:30 – Regulatory Updates Related to the Federal Worker Protection Standard
Christopher Wainwright, DEC Pesticide Control Specialist
Updates regarding the WPS created to protect employees in agribusiness fields, including farms, forests, nurseries, and greenhouses from work related exposure to agricultural pesticides.
10:30-11:30 – Alfalfa Grass Mixtures and Management in New York State
Jerry Cherney, Cornell Soil and Crop Sciences, School of Integrated Plant Science
The vast majority of alfalfa acreage in NY is sown with a perennial grass. Until recently, there has been very little research on grass species selection or management of mixtures. We do not know what the optimum percentage of grass should be in mixtures, and it is unclear how consistent grass percentage is across species, varieties, and environments. We also are not sure how well the new reduced lignin alfalfa varieties fit with alfalfa-grass mixtures, particularly the Round-Up Ready varieties.Round-Up Ready varieties may result in less herbicide cost to the farmer. The 2018 alfalfa-grass research trials will be discussed, along with current alfalfa-grass management recommendations.
11:30-12:30 – Overview of 2018 Corn and Soybean Seasons
Henry Kelsey, WNY Crop Management Association
Overview of the 2018 season with an update on the most common corn and soybean insect and disease pests. Pest identification, biology, and best management practices will be discussed.
12:30-1:30 – Lunch
Please register for by Friday, March 1st.
Don’t forget to bring your pesticide ID cards to the event.
Pesticide credits pending.
Civil Defense Center
7220 State Route 54
Bath, NY 14810