In 2013, the research group grew out stem cuttings from surviving plants from Cornell-developed alfalfa varieties. Seed was produced and is now ready for planting at Chazy in the 2014 BRR-resistance trials on a field with a high concentration of BRR.
BRR-resistant alfalfa grown in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, where BRR has been a long-term problem for alfalfa production, has shown up to 65 percent higher yields, however, says Cornell Plant Pathologist Gary C. Bergstrom, “Unfortunately for New York alfalfa growers, the BRR-resistant variety that does well in Saskatchewan and Alberta performs poorly here as it is susceptible to other alfalfa root rots common in New York.”
Brown root rot was first identified in the eastern United States in Clinton County in northern New York in 2003. It has since been confirmed in Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and Ontario. The fungus impacts alfalfa, other perennial legume crops, and overwintering grass crops. BRR persists in soil year-round, becoming primarily active in winter and early spring, causing slow crop emergence, stand decline, and yield loss.
The complete Brown Root Rot of Alfalfa: Challenges and Opportunities research report is posted in the Field Crops section on the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program website at www.nnyagdev.org.
Pennsylvania dairy professionals invited to customer relations seminar
Dairy professionals who work within Pennsylvania’s dairy industry are invited to attend a professional development conference on Thursday, May 15, titled “Essentials for Enhancing Your Career.” The meeting will run from 9 am-2:30 pm and will include an opening discussion, followed with two sets of breakout sessions.
The one-day conference is being hosted by the Center for Dairy Excellence and the Penn State Extension Dairy Team at the Penn State Visitors Center in State College, Pa., to help those who work with dairy farm customers and clients to enhance their customer relations and facilitation skills.
The agenda has been finalized with talented speakers including:
· Mary Kay Willaims, M.Ed, Penn State Corporate Learning is leading the opening discussion speaking on Working with Different Customer Types.
· Two options for the first two breakout groups are: Lisa Holden and Rob Goodling, Penn State University, on Meeting Facilitation or Kevin Silman, College of Education Marketing Communication Specialist, addressing Email Etiquette.