Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Program will be offering agricultural producers an opportunity to learn more about pest management and new research updates through a virtual training, offered January 19th - 21st from 11am-12pm of each day. Pictured is a soybean field with suspected herbicide-resistant marestail in SWNY.

Learn more about pest management through a virtual training Jan 19-21, 2021

Cornell Cooperative Extension Offers a Virtual Field Crops Series for NY Producers

A live learning opportunity to review pest management and obtain DEC Recertification Credits on

January 19th, 20th, and 21st from 11am-12pm of each day.

By Josh Putman, Field Crops Specialist with the SWNY Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Program

SOUTHWEST, NEW YORK (January 8, 2021) – Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Program (SWNYDLFC) will be offering a virtual training opportunity to learn about problematic weeds, diseases, and insects found in field crops in the Southwest New York region and throughout the state. In addition, updates on upcoming research projects conducted by faculty at Cornell University will be discussed. The cost to register for this series is $45/person. To register, visit A confirmation email will be sent to participants prior to the training with information for accessing the virtual classroom.

3.0 pesticide credits in categories 1a, 10, 21, and 23 have been approved for this event. DEC credits will be given at the conclusion of each day in the series. Those looking to receive recertification credits will need to have audio and video capabilities by using a computer, tablet, or smart phone, and their applicator license on hand.

Topics include: The problematic weed, Palmer amaranth, in Southwest New York and best management practices for this weed will be shared. We will also cover new diseases that threaten New York crop production as well as soybean cyst nematode, the billion dollar pest for soybean producers in the United States.

*IMPORTANT NOTE* Because of COVID-19, the DEC did not require growers whose licenses expired in November of 2019 or later to renew their applicator’s license in order to buy & spray restricted use materials during the 2020 growing season. That discretionary policy is no longer in effect. If your license expired between November 2019 and November 23, 2020, you must obtain the full number of recertification credits and renew your license by February 23, 2021. If your license expired after November 23, 2020, you will follow the typical DEC guidelines. For questions, contact Josh Putman at or 716-490-5572.

Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Program specialists are here to help provide research-based resources and support during this challenging time. Their team of four specialists includes Katelyn Walley-Stoll, Farm Business Management (716-640-0522 or; Joshua Putman, Field Crops (716-490-5572 or; Alycia Drwencke, Dairy Management (517-416-0386 or; and Amy Barkley, Livestock Management (716-640-0844 or While specialists are working remotely at this time, they are still offering consultations via phone, text, email, videoconferencing, and mail. They are also providing weekly updates with timely resources and connections via email and hardcopy and virtual programming. For more information, or to be added to their notification list, contact Katelyn Walley-Stoll, Team Leader, at 716-640-0522, or visit their website

The Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Program is the newest Cornell Cooperative Extension regional program and covers Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, and Steuben Counties. The Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops regional specialists work with Cornell faculty and Extension educators to address the issues that influence the agricultural industry in New York by offering educational programming and research based information to agricultural producers, growers, and agribusinesses in the Southwestern New York Region. Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities and provides equal program and employment opportunities.

If you would like more information about this topic, please call Josh Putman at 716-490-5572 or email For more information about Cornell Cooperative Extension, contact your county’s Association Executive Director. Allegany County – Laura Hunsberger, or 585-268-7644. Cattaraugus County – Dick Rivers, or 716-699-2377. Chautauqua County – Emily Reynolds, or 716-664-9502. Erie County – Diane Held, or 716-652-5400. Steuben County – Tess McKinley,, or 607-664-2301. 

Last updated January 8, 2021