9:00 – 9:30 Registration
9:30 – 10:30 Jerry Cherney - Alfalfa-Grass Mixtures in New York State
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. 2016 alfalfa-grass research trials will be discussed, along with current alfalfa-grass management recommendations.
10:30 – 11:30 Henry Kelsey – Overview of the 2016 season with an update on the most common corn and soybean insect and disease pests. Pest identification, biology, and management will be discussed. There will be an overview in particular of the spider mite in soybeans and why the population was so large this past season.
11:30- 12:30 Lunch
Cost to attend is $15.00 per person, lunch will be provided. Pre-registration is requested by Tuesday, February 28, 2017 by calling the CCE office at 607-664-2300 or email Stephanie Mehlenbacher at firstname.lastname@example.org
2 Pesticide Recertification Credits pending in Categories 1a, 10, 21, 23
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