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Feb. 11 New York Certified Organic: Reduced Till, Weed Control in Organic Field Crops, Mycotoxin Danger to Humans and Livestock

Matthew R. Ryan
Cornell University Soil and Crop Sciences Professor Matthew Ryan will present no-till practices for organic field crop production at the February 11 NYCO meeting in Waterloo, NY. Photo: Cornell University

Reduced tillage and weed control in organic field crops and mycotoxin danger to humans and livestock are on the discussion agenda for the February 11, 2020 New York Certified Organic (NYCO) at the Martin Auction Barn, 1036 NY Route 318, in Waterloo, NY. Meeting starts at 10 am. There is no charge to attend; no registration required. Organizers ask those attending to bring a dish to pass or a donation for the potluck lunch.

Cornell University Soil and Crop Sciences Professor Matthew Ryan and graduate student Uriel Menalled of the Sustainable Cropping Systems Lab will discuss organic no-till practices.

Dr. Lynn M. Sosnoskie, an assistant professor of weed ecology and weed management for specialty crop systems with the Cornell University School of Integrative Plant Science at Cornell AgriTech, Geneva, N.Y., will speak on the cultural and ecological aspects of bindweed, considered one of the most noxious weeds in the world. Bindweed is known to damage crop yields in such crops as legumes, potatoes and wheat. An invasive perennial plant, bindweed is a member of the morning glory family, and can extend nine feet into the soil to persist for decades.

The February 11 NYCO meeting agenda also includes a discussion on mycotoxins in forages with John Winchell from Alltech. Winchell earned a dairy science degree at The Ohio State University and has been practicing dairy nutrition for more than 20 years. He joined Alltech in 2016 as a territory manager, specializing in forage quality, dairy nutrition, and mycotoxin control, in New York.

NYCO also plans a March 10 meeting in Waterloo with speakers expected to include:

  • Heath Dewey, a reporter with USDA Department of Ag Market News Service, Greeley, CO, will talk about the world organic grain situation;
  • John Hanchar, farm business management specialist with the Cornell  Cooperative Extension Northwest NY Ag Team, will review a four-year economic study on transitioning to organic crop production at the Aurora Research Farm; and
  • McGeary Grains President Shawn Kilpatrick, Lancaster, PA, will share from his 20-plus years of experience in the quality organic grains, feed ingredients, and custom fertilizer industry.

Watch the website at for more details on the February and March NYCO meetings. For more information, contact NYCO Meeting Coordinator Fay Benson with the Cornell Cooperative Extension South Central New York Dairy and Field Crops Team at or 607-745-3807. The 2020 NYCO meetings were planned with the assistance of Emily Reiss, Ph.D., of the Crop Team at Kreher Family Farms, Clarence, NY, and Luke Gianforte of Gianforte Farm, Cazenovia, NY.