BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. — Cornell Cooperative Extension is holding two workshops to educate farmers about two new serious pests that are now in our region – tall waterhemp and the soybean cyst nematode. The workshops will be held on July 27, 2021 at 1:00 PM in Ballston Spa and at 6:00 PM in Copake. Two NYSDEC pesticide applicator credits can be earned.
Dr. Lynn Sosnoski (Cornell Univ.) will bring live specimens of these plants so farmers can learn to identify tall waterhemp and other pigweed relatives. They will also learn its biology and management. There will be a discussion of other difficult-to-control weeds. Dr. Jaime Cummings (Syngenta) will discuss the biology and management of the soybean cyst nematode, the costliest soybean pest in the United States. These pests have been found in the Hudson Valley and several central New York counties in recent years. Tall waterhemp and soybean cyst nematode are very difficult to control, so CCE and Cornell University are working to reach farmers this year to give them the information necessary to identify and control these pests. The workshops are free of charge, but pre-registration is required. To register for the Ballston Spa session: https://tinyurl.com/6h4uuyv9.
To register for the Copake Park session: https://tinyurl.com/cwcvtcyk. All applicable COVID-19 precautions will be followed.
To register by telephone and for more information, go to the websites provided or contact the Capital Area Agriculture and Horticulture Program for the Copake meeting (email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, 518-765-3518) or contact the Central NY Dairy, Field Crops, Livestock Program for the Ballston Spa meeting (email@example.com, 315-866-7920).
–Cornell Cooperative Extension Albany County
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