Dry Bean Growers meeting set for March

BATAVIA — Dry bean growers are encouraged to attend the 2021 NYS Dry Bean Growers Meeting.

This year’s meeting will be held virtually over Zoom. It will take place 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on March 19.

Those interested will join the CCE Cornell Vegetable Program for updates on dry bean production and marketing, white mold management, Western bean cutworm and soybean cyst nematode management, herbicide resistance management, dry bean variety testing, and incorporating NY dry beans into schools.

Participants will also review research priorities and gather suggestions for future educational programs. The meeting is sponsored by Genesee Valley Bean Company, Inc.

“While we aren’t able to meet in person, this year’s meeting is still packed with updates of ongoing dry bean research including disease, insect, and weed management, as well as dry bean variety considerations,” saii Cornell Vegetable Program Dry Bean Specialist Margie Lund in a news release. “Attendees will also be provided with information on soybean cyst nematode, which were discovered in dry beans in New York in 2020 and pose a serious threat to the crop.”

2.0 DEC (categories 10, 1a, 21, and 23) and CCA credits will be available. Since this year’s meeting is a virtual event, a copy of your DEC pesticide license needs to be submitted by March 17 if interested in DEC credits. In order to receive DEC credits for this meeting, please take note and follow all instructions on the registration page.

Cost is $15 per person for Cornell Vegetable Program enrollees, and $20 for non-enrollees. Since this is a virtual meeting, pre-registration is required by March 17. Register for the meeting and pay online at cvp.cce.cornell.edu, under the Events tab.

The Cornell Vegetable Program is one of the premier regional agricultural teams in NYS: a Cornell Cooperative Extension partnership between Cornell University and the CCE Associations in a large multi-county region in the western and central parts of the state.

The team’s Vegetable Specialists work together with Cornell faculty and Extension Educators statewide to address the issues that impact the commercial vegetable industry.

The Cornell Vegetable Program provides educational programs and information to growers, processors and agri-business professionals, arming them with the knowledge to profitably produce and market safe and healthful vegetable crops, contributing to the viability of farms and the economic wellbeing of New York State. Specifically, the program focuses on food safety, variety evaluation, market development, pest management, and cultural practices. To learn more about the CCE Cornell Vegetable Program, visit cvp.cce.cornell.edu.

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