Oswego County a success!
  In recent months many farmers, particularly onion growers, have been experimenting with raising soybeans as a rotation in their crop management plan.

Although soybeans are considered a fairly easy crop to grow, they are still susceptible to risk. Pest threats, plant diseases, and cultural practices can prove to be challenging to planting and harvesting a
productive crop.

Cornell Cooperative Extension Of Oswego County (CCE Oswego County) facilitates many seminars and workshops through out the year to assist local agriculture producers address many issues that may affect the profitability of their business. Most recently CCE Oswego County hosted the Oswego County Soybean Summer Field meeting held on August 25, 2009 at Sorbello and Sons farm in Fulton. Approximately fifteen farmers and agribusiness representatives attended the meeting and were provided with the latest information on insects, diseases, and cultural practices like, integrated pest management that can be utilized to help reduce pesticides and improve yields on soybeans.

The field meeting included presentations from Mike Hunter, Field Crops Specialist/Agriculture Team Coordinator with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County. Mike outlined the anatomy of a soybean plant, how adaptable it is, row spacing and planting densities. He also touched on disease and pest problems that growers in neighboring Jefferson County face, which set the stage for the afternoon speakers. Gary Bergstrom from the Department of Plant Pathology and Plant Microbiology at Cornell University followed up Mike presentation with a discussion of foiliar disease that affect soybeans. Gary spoke at length about white mold and septoria brown spot; their effect on soybeans and management to control it. He also fielded a question about soybean rust, which led into a discussion about it’s occurrence in the United States and the rest of the world.


Keith Waldron the Livestock and Field Crops IPM Coordinator, NYS Integrated Pest Management Program, Cornell University, NYS Agricultural Experiment Station rounded out the meeting with a dialogue on pest prevention and control. Keith’s discussion focused mostly on soybean aphids. He handed out literature
on aphids, and the group walked around in the field and examined some soybean plants and identified aphids. There were also some ladybug sightings, which are natural predators of aphids, indicating successful IPM.

Overall the field meeting was informative and the expertise available to growers and professionals at
the meeting was top notch. For individual producers and professionals, the meeting touched on a variety of key defensive soybean-growth techniques and considerations, each of which can be applied differently to particular farms. CCE Oswego County agriculture program staff deemed this first year program a success based on positive comments made by farmers and professionals in attendance and results of
the evaluation handed out during the meeting.

Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) is a key outreach system of Cornell University with a mission to grow and educate the regions it serves and to provide an extensive local presence that is responsive to needs of New York communities. The CCE educational system aims to enable people to improve their
lives and communities through partnerships that put experience and research knowledge to work in practical and business situations. For more information, on this program or other program and services Cooperative Extension Provides contact Oswego County CCE at 315-963-7286.