Field Crop Weed Identification and Control Series 2022

Event Details

Event Offers DEC Credits


February 2, 2022
February 16, 2022
February 23, 2022
March 2, 2022
March 9, 2022
March 16, 2022


12-1:00 pm




South Central New York Dairy & Field Crops

Janice Degni

February 2, 2022, Broadleaf Weed identification for crop production 12-1 pm (virtual) Bryan Brown NYSIPM.

Many of our most problematic weeds are broadleaf weeds. The best way to control them varies depending on the species, so it is imperative that weeds are identified correctly. In this session we'll go over some of the key distinguishing characteristics of the most problematic broadleaf weeds in NY field crops. For each species, we'll discuss some of the biology that makes it weedy and look for potential "Achilles heals" that can be exploited for management. We'll also review best practices for using smartphone weed ID apps.


NYSDEC credits: 1.0                                                                                                   CCA Credits:  1.0 PM

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February 16, 2022, Grass Weed identification for crop production 12-1pm (virtual) Caroline Marschner, Ext. Assoc. Weed Ecology, Cornell

Identifying grass and grass-like weeds can be challenging but, is necessary for good weed management. During this program we will discuss what traits to look for when identifying grasses, go over some of the common  crop grass weeds, and share some resources for grass weed management.

NYSDEC credits: 1.0                                                                                                   CCA Credits:  1.0 PM

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February 23, 2022,  Weed management in corn 12-1pm (virtual) Jeff Miller, Resource Educator, CCE Oneida County.

Weed control is an integral part of corn production. Cultural and chemical control methods should be   incorporated in an integrated approach to control weeds. Cultural practices like crop rotation, tillage, and cover crops will be discussed. Herbicide families (site of action) efficacy, timing of application will be discussed for annual grasses and broadleaf weeds, perennial grasses, perennial broad leaf weeds and herbicide resistant weeds.

NYSDEC credits: 1.0                                                                                    CCA credits 1.0 PM

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March 2, 2022, Weed management in Soybeans 12-1pm (virtual) Mike Hunter, Regional field crop specialist,  CCE  North Country Regional Ag Team

Implementing integrated weed management practices in soybean production will be the focus of this presentation. Mike Hunter will share results from three years of on-farm soybean herbicides trials in New York State. He will provide the current status of herbicide resistant weeds in New York, and discuss effective herbicide resistant weed control strategies and how to manage resistant weeds on your farm.

NYSDEC credits:  1.0                                                                                  CCA credits 1.0 PM

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March 9, 2022, Weed management in hay and pasture  12-1pm (virtual) Janice Degni, Team Leader and Field crops specialist, CCE SCNY regional team

Weed Control for Hay Crops and Pastures

This session will provide a review of cultural and chemical weed control practices for clear alfalfa or grass, mixed stands, and pasture.  It will include practices that give the hay species a competitive edge over weeds and herbicide options for different weed scenarios.  Common difficult to control weeds in pasture will be covered as well as improvement of older hay stands with weed invasions.

NYSDEC credits: 1.0                                                                                    CCA credits 1.0 PM

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March 16, 2022, Alternative weed control and weed seed management  12-1pm (virtual) Lynn Sosnoskie, Asst. Prof. of weed ecology and specialty crop systems, Cornell

Weeds are a significant threat to crop production due to 1) competitive interactions that limit yield potential, 2) physical interference that reduces harvest efficiency, and 3) serving as an alternate host for pests and pathogens. The evolution of herbicide resistant weeds (in particular marestail/horseweed/Canada fleabane, Palmer amaranth, waterhemp) further complicates weed control efforts by limiting the utility of commonly applied chemical tools. This talk will focus on the current state of herbicide resistance in NY and the future of chemical weed control. Novel weed management strategies, such as harvest weed seed control (HWSC) and electrical weeding will be discussed and recent research updates provided. Best management practices for suppressing unwanted vegetation, including combine and equipment clean-out to limit seed spread, will also be presented.

NYSDEC credit: 1.0                                                                      CCA credit 1.0S

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The South Central NY Dairy and Field Crops Team has compiled a list of articles that we think may be useful to dairy producers and their service providers as we all navigate the COVID-19 situation. Please stay safe and reach out to our team if you have questions or need help finding information. We are here to help with tools and resources to support all of the normal day-to-day dairy and field crop management considerations, in addition to emerging topics related to COVID-19.

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ProDairy Forage Management

Are you prepared to change your routine this spring?

By: Joe Lawrence, Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY and Ron Kuck, Cornell Cooperative Extension North Country Regional Ag Team

While spring tasks vary by farm, there are many "rites of spring," and they are often completed in a fairly rigid sequence. Depending on the farm, these often include fixing fence, spreading manure, planting new seedings, planting corn and harvesting first cutting, and are often performed in this order.

We are optimistic that the upcoming turn in weather will allow these task to be accomplished in a timely manner, but at this point it is time to ask yourself: Are you willing to change your spring routine?

In addition to adverse weather it is no secret that everyone is facing extremely tight economic times, and dealing with forage inventories of poor digestibility forages from 2017. This combination of factors makes it more critical than ever to be ready to tackle the task that will have the most impact on your business at the proper time.

Recent reference articles on dealing with tough times:
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• Resources for Dealing with Spring Weather Delays
First Cutting
The number one focus should be on timely harvest of first cutting.
• Park the corn planter when a field of first cutting is ready for harvest.
o Monitoring 1st cut harvest timing
• Approach harvest by the acre, not by the field. Be ready to skip over a field that has passed its optimum harvest stage.
o Dynamic Harvest Schedules
• Strategically plan feed storage to best utilize forage inventories for the right group of animals.
o Strategic Forage Storage Planning
o When More is Better
Corn Planting
The window for planting for silage is generally wider than for grain, which is why first cutting can and should take priority over corn planting. However, in the event of extreme delays in planting corn, performance will diminish with late plantings. If corn planting progresses into late May or early June, begin to consider alternative options for those acres. Previous research from Cornell and Penn State suggest a 0.5 to 1 ton/acre per week decline in silage yield for planting after mid to late May.

First and foremost during a time of year that can be very busy and stressful, taking every precaution to keep your team safe is critical.

The idea of fitting all of this work into a condensed time period, and still getting key tasks completed before critical deadlines can seem impossible, but year after year many find unique ways to get it all done. Consider working with neighbors, custom operators or renting equipment to accomplish these key tasks on time.

If you currently utilize custom operators, now is a good time to set up a time to meet with them and make sure you are on the same page to get tasks accomplished in the time-frame needed. Make sure that your expectations and goals are clearly defined. They will also be under stress to fit their work into a condensed period and meet their customers' expectations, so defining expectations and pre-planning how to most efficiently get the work accomplished when the custom operator arrives can go a long way to increase the chances for success.

NYSERDA Agriculture Energy Audit Program

NYSERDA offers energy audits to help eligible farms and on-farm producers identify ways to save energy and money on utility bills. Reports include recommendations for energy efficiency measures.

Eligible farms include but are not limited to dairies, orchards, greenhouses, vegetables, vineyards, grain dryers, and poultry/egg. The farms must also be customers of New York State investor-owned utilities and contribute to the System Benefits Charge (SBC). Please check your farmís current utility bills to see if your farm pays the SBC.

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