Dry Bean Growers Field Meeting September 18th
Carol MacNeil, CCE, Cornell Vegetable Program
The 2012 NYS Dry Bean Field Meeting will be held Tuesday, September 18th, from 5:00 – 8:15 pm, at Bob and Dan Duyssen’s Farm* in Stafford. Promising new varieties, some with disease resistance, management of dry bean insect pests, and Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs)/ food safety will be discussed at the meeting. DEC and CCA credits will be available. Supper will follow for those who pre-register (Carol MacNeil – 585-313-8796).
First on the agenda is the Cornell dry bean variety/breeding line trial in a field on Westacott Rd, just west of Duyssen’s buildings. Eric Sandsted and Don Halseth will describe the performance of the black, and light and dark red kidney, varieties and lines in the trial. Phil Griffiths, bean breeder, will discuss and show his white mold resistant red kidneys. Duyssen’s have strip trials of a few promising black and light red kidney lines nearby to view. Eight WNY growers have the lines, and there will be time to discuss how they look on different farms. There will be an opportunity to take a first-hand look at the dry bean varieties and lines.
Leafhopper populations were very high this year. Brian Nault, Cornell entomologist, will explain why, what Cruiser can and can’t do, and how to decide whether to spray. Keith Waldron, NYS IPM Program, and Carol MacNeil, Cornell Vegetable Program, will report on the growing Western bean cutworm (WBC) population. This new pest, migrating to NY from the High Plains, feeds on pods and the beans inside. It has caused economic damage in Michigan. WBC moth catches in a trap in Attica reached high levels this year. There will be a brief update on food safety as it relates to dry beans, and the Good Ag Practices (GAPs) program.
The September 18th Dry Bean Field Meeting will be held at Bob and Dan Duyssen Farm*, 6620 Westacott Rd, Stafford. Pre-register for supper by 9/12 by calling Carol MacNeil at 585-313-8796. Cost is $5 for those currently enrolled in the Cornell Vegetable Program and receiving Veg Edge Weekly, and $10 for all others. Thanks to King Cole Bean and NY Bean for sponsoring!
For the full agenda go to: http://rvpadmin.cce.cornell.edu/pdf/event/pdf38_pdf.pdf
For sponsor info go to: http://cvp.cce.cornell.edu/sponsor_event.php?event_id=38
In case of bad weather and possibility of cancellation, or for special needs, call Carol MacNeil at 585-313-8796.
*Directions: From Route 5 between LeRoy and Batavia, turn south at the Red Osier Restaurant onto Roanoke Rd. At the second intersection turn left onto Westacott Rd. Duyssen’s and the Cornell variety trial are ahead on the right.
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