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2019 Seed Growers Field Day

Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at 8:30am to 12:00pm

New York Seed Improvement Project (NYSIP) Foundation Seed Barn 791 Dryden Road (Rt. 366), Ithaca NY

A field tour that will highlight Cornell research on small grains, forages, biofuel species, and industrial hemp.  Topics to include breeding, varieties, pathogens and pests, seed production, and seed treatment.  This event aims to provide timely updates for seed treatment and seed industry professionals, seed growers, educators, and researchers who work with these crops and their seeds and seed treatments.


8:30-8:55         Registration, coffee, & networking

8:55                 Introduction, begin tour             

9:00-10:00       Small Grains: Breeding for Quality and Pest Resistance, Mark Sorrells

  • White and red winter wheat varieties and disease resistance
  • Spring oat and spring barley varieties and disease resistance
  • Born, bred, and brewed in NY:  high quality malting barley
  • Winter hybrid ryes from Germany

10:00-10:30     Small Grain, Forage, and Hemp Disease Management, Gary Bergstrom                   

10:30-10:45     Certified and Foundation Seed Update, Phil Atkins    

10:45-11:45     Forage Varieties, Pest Management, and Breeding, Don Viands                             

  • New yield data in perennial forages
  • Update on resistance to potato leafhopper on alfalfa
  • Update on resistance to brown root rot on alfalfa
  • Resistance to clover root curculio in alfalfa
  • Breeding for marginal lands 
  • Update on industrial hemp research: breeding, diseases, etc. 

11:45-12:00  Glyphosate Transport from Runoff-prone Fields, Brian Richards

12:00               Adjourn

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Plant Breeding and Genetics, Sustainability


cuaes, sips, organic, fieldcrops

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