2010 Soybean IPM and crop management on-farms education programs in New York State;
J. Keith Waldron ( Cornell University), Kenneth Wise ( Cornell University) ($19909). The Project Manager's email is email@example.com.
Key Words: Integrated Pest Management, Soybean Educational Programs, Soybean Production Management
New York’s soybean acreage continues to increase due to favorable commodity prices and the relative profit potential for the soybean crop. It is estimated that soybean acreage has increased by 19% over the past two years. This increase has created the opportunity for extension educators to provide timely information on managing the soybean crop with highly motivated soybean growers. Soybean pests in New York State have been generally restricted to weeds, and minor insects, diseases and pests that affect emergence, vegetative and reproductive stages of crop development. Given the limited nature of the pest in the Northeastern U.S., many pests have been controlled, or voided, through an integrated approach based on selecting varieties for the maturity group, disease resistance and commercial commodity attributes and timely implementation of sound agronomic practices including crop rotation. Scouting programs for pests and crop conditions voided many potential problems. With the potential new threat of Asian Soybean Rust, new infestations of bean leaf beetles in New York State, occasional severe pest outbreaks and continued weed management challenges, the researchers involved in this project believe integrated pest management (IPM) and integrated crop management (ICP) outreach programs are crucial for soybean growers. The objectives of this project are to: • Conduct on-farm season-long IPM education programs and integrated crop management educational programs for soybean producers across New York State. This program will feature all agronomic and economic aspects of soybean production with emphasis on pest identification, biology and management of critical pests including Asian soybean rust and soybean aphid; • Increase soybean IPM and ICM awareness for producers where soybean production is expanding by offering quarterly meetings and educational programs; and • Evaluate the impact of education programs by measuring the level of adoption of IPM and ICP practices by participating soybean producers.
This project is funded by Northeast Region