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What's Cropping Up? is a bimonthly digital newsletter distributed by the Section of Soil and Crop Sciences at Cornell University. The purpose of the newsletter is to provide timely information on field crop production and environmental issues as it relates to New York agriculture.  The current issue is below.

The latest articles are always available at the What's Cropping Up? blog. PDFs of previous issues are also available in the archive and on Issuu.

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Meadow Fescue-Alfalfa Mixtures in Northern New York

Jun 22, 2020

Over 90% of the alfalfa acreage in northern NY is seeded with a perennial grass. Meadow fescue is becoming increasingly popular for mixtures with alfalfa in New York. We evaluated one diploid (SW Minto) and one tetraploid (Tetrax) meadow fescue at 5 seeding rates with either a reduced-lignin alfalfa (HarvXtra) or a conventional high-quality alfalfa (Hi-Gest 360).

marestail in field

Burndown Herbicide Options in No Till Soybeans

Jun 22, 2020

Glyphosate resistant and multiple resistant (Group 9 and Group 2) marestail is spreading across New York State and may already be on your farm. We need to use burndown herbicide programs with more than one effective site of action to delay the development of resistant weeds and provide the best control.  The use of glyphosate alone should no longer be considered a viable burndown herbicide program.

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Wheat spindle streak mosaic in spring: A reminder to plant a resistant wheat variety in fall

Jun 22, 2020

Wheat spindle streak mosaic (WSSM), caused by wheat spindle streak mosaic virus (WSSMV), is a disease that attracts little attention today because most of our widely grown, winter wheat varieties have significant levels of resistance to it. Yet WSSMV persists in New York soils in its protozoan vector ready to infect the roots of susceptible winter wheat varieties soon after planting.