SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Weeds compete with crops, reducing yield and quality. They also interfere with harvest and can contaminate the product. Seeds of some weed species can remain viable in the soil for 50 years or more, making it critical to manage weeds and keep them from going to seed.
During the Weed Management session at the 2017 Empire State Producers Expo on Tuesday, January 17, Dr. Antonio DiTommaso from Soil and Crop Sciences, Cornell University, will discuss the influence of weed seed banks and what can be done to lower their impact in your cropping systems. He will explain the importance of understanding weed biology and the roles different reproductive strategies play in persistence of weed species. If weeds are a problem on your farm, you won’t want to miss this session.
This Expo session was organized by Darcy Telenko and Julie Kikkert, CCE Cornell Vegetable Program. DEC credits will be available.
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
1:45 pm – 3:00 pm
The 2017 Empire State Producers Expo is January 17-19 at the OnCenter Convention Center in Syracuse, NY. This annual show combines the major fruit, flower, vegetable, and direct marketing associations of New York State in order to provide a comprehensive trade show and educational conference for New York and neighboring producers. Attendees can expect presentations by Cornell Cooperative Extension personnel and highly regarded speakers from across the country. Panel discussions feature some of the top industry experts and growers in New York. Between educational sessions, attendees can visit the trade show featuring over 150 commercial vendors and non-profit exhibitors.
Educational sessions offered at the 2017 Empire State Producers Expo include commodity specific programs in berries, cabbage, processing vegetables, hops, grains, cut flowers, tree fruit, sweet corn, tomato, onion, potato, Cole crops, root crops and specialty crops; and focused programs in water management and irrigation, weed management, wildlife management, soil health, post-harvest handling, biopesticides, beginning farmer, marketing using social media and apps, transplant and greenhouse production, climate and forecast models, GAPS, labor, and hard cider production. DEC pesticide recertification credits and Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) credits will be offered during the appropriate educational sessions.
For more information about the Expo and to register, visit the NYS Vegetable Growers Association website at nysvga.org/expo.
—Cornell Cooperative Extension
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