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2010 Soybean Integrated Pest and Crop Management On-Farm Educational Programs in New York

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Project Leaders: Ken Wise, Eastern NYS IPM Program Area Educator, Livestock and Field Crops, Cornell University, klw24@cornell,edu, and Keith Waldron, NYS IPM Coordinator, Livestock and Field Crops, Cornell University, jkw5@cornell,edu

Cooperators:
Janice Degni, South Central NY Dairy & Field Crops Team 
Kevin Ganoe, Central NY Dairy and Field Crops Team
Mike Stanyard, NWNY Dairy and Field Crops Team
James Kingston, NWNY Dairy and Field Crops Team
Stephen Canner, Cornell Cooperative Extension, St. Lawrence and Franklin Counties
Jonathan Schell, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Oswego County
Keith Severson, Cornell Cooperative Extension, Cayuga County

Abstract: In 2010, 38 participants representing 33 farms in 6 counties in New York State participated in on-farm soybean Tactical Agriculture (TAg) team Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programs. Participants were actively engaged in a growing-season-long educational program discussing critical pest and crop management topics arising during the growing season. Multiple educational meetings were held in farmer fields enhancing opportunities to reinforce use of IPM concepts and techniques. Participating producers benefited from the timely collection of data from their fields throughout the growing season. The pest information gathered from scouting these soybean fields during the growing season was used in other extension educational efforts across New York State. Many growers were encouraged to spray fungicides by commercial field sales people without the presence of disease as a way to increase yield. From past research conducted by the NYS IPM program and a few TAg producers found this not to be the case. Each grower was able to save money from not spraying their soybean fields. Soybean aphids were also found at very low levels with scouting activities on the farms. No TAg producers had to spray for aphids this past growing season also saving them on the cost of production.

In addition to the traditional soybean TAg efforts, one-time IPM and Integrated Crop Management (ICM) soybean meetings were held in Cayuga, Cortland, Oswego, St. Lawrence and Franklin counties. These field meetings extended the reach of soybean IPM and ICM on-farm education beyond the more intensive TAg groups to target soybean producers in areas where soybean acreage is expanding. Seventy producers attended these meetings.