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Central NY Soil Health Field Day
September 4, 2015Nationally recognized soil health experts Ray Archuleta, "Ray the Soils Guy," NRCS, and Frank Gibbs, known for his "tile line smoke machine," formerly NRCS, will be speaking on good soil health, and demonstrating how to evaluate your soil's health. Also, taking advantage of the Cornell Soil Health Test, and interseeding cover crops into cash crops.
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM
2015 NYS Dry Bean Growers Field Meeting
September 17, 2015View six standard and new black bean varieties in a grower-planted trial. Get an update on Sclerotinia white mold control, including info on fungicide resistance, and bacterial diseases. Hear about progress in breeding varieties with pods high on the plant, ensuring not only easier harvest, but also foliage drying to reduce disease pressure. Western bean cutworm moth counts were very high this year. Hear reports on pod and/or bean damage. 1.0 DEC credits available.
5:15 PM - 8:00 PM
Late Blight Confirmed in WNY CountiesLate blight has now been confirmed in commercial potato and/or tomato fields in the following counties: Ontario, Orleans, Erie, Niagara, Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Steuben, Wayne, Wyoming, Yates, Tioga, Oneida, and Ulster. The LB strain was determined to be US-23 in these counties, sensitive to Ridomil (mefenoxam fungicides). All tomatoes and potatoes in Western NY and the Finger Lakes Region are at high risk of infection!
LB forecast programs have been indicating extremely high risk of disease development week after week. Scout fields, especially low spots, protected areas, etc. twice a week. Growers and gardeners should destroy all potato culls and volunteers now. All tomato and potato growers should be applying fungicides on a regular basis, at no longer than 7 day intervals. At some locations less than a 5 day spray interval may be needed to protect potatoes and tomatoes (Alternate fungicides; follow label directions!) according to the LB Decision Support System (DSS) forecast. Organic growers should also be applying a fungicide regularly. There are copper formulations approved for organic production. Fungicides differ in how long they will provide protection from infection.