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Tactical Agriculture (TAg) for Eastern New York 2002

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Project Leader: Ken Wise: Eastern NYS IPM Area Educator, Livestock and Field Crops

Cooperators:

Extension Educators

Jeff Miller: Oneida County Field Crops Extension Educator

Kathryn Evans: Madison County Field Crops Extension Educator

Kathryn Chabarek: Dutchess County Field Crops Community Educator

Growers

Madison County: Parsons Farm, Marshall Farm, Taylor Farm, Russin Farm;

Oneida County: Loughlin Farm, Collins Farm, Cosgrove Farm, Champions Farm, Humphreys Farm, Smith Farm, Stanimere Farm, Zomback Farm, Crane Farm, Brady Farm, Peck Farm

Dutchess County: Smith Valley Farm, Lo-Nan Farm, Coach Farm, Myers Farm, Pulver Farm, Chihenden Farm, Coon Farm,

Abstract:

The Tactical Agriculture (TAg) program is an experiential, hands-on training, integrated pest and crop management educational program for field crop producers, and other agribusiness personnel, that has been active in New York State since 1990. The TAg program teaches field crop producers to better manage field crops, protect the environment and reduce health risks. Participants are actively integrated into the growing-season-long program, which focuses on the collection of data from their fields in conjunction with meetings to discuss critical pest and crop management issues that arise during the growing season.

In 2002, we implemented TAg in Madison, Oneida, and Dutchess Counties. Five teams, consisting of 21 farming operations and 42 fields (800 acres) enrolled in TAg. Fields enrolled served as meeting places to discuss, demonstrate and practice IPM and ICM methods. Collectively, this years grower participants are expected to utilize their IPM and ICM training on the approximately 20,000 acres of field crops they manage.

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