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Crop Management Online Course

Topics

The information provided focuses on field crop systems, including row crop and dairy forages in New York and the northeastern United States. However, many of the agronomic principles covered in the course are applicable to other growing climates and systems. 

  • Nutrient Management 
  • Soil Management 
  • Managing Environmental Risk 
  • Crop Management (by individual crop) 
  • Disease & Insect Management 
  • Weed Management 

Who should enroll?

It will be valuable for decision makers and key employees in the cropping system on the farm.  Crop advisors and other technical service providers interested in crop production will also benefit from the class.  There will be a mix of basic “101” level material combined with more advanced concepts and recent research findings. 

There will be aspects of the course that are specific to northeast U.S. growing conditions and cropping systems, but most of the material will be applicable to any dairy or field crop operation.

Instructors

  • Joe Lawrence 
  • Kirsten Workman 
  • Quirine Ketterings 
  • Aaron Ristow (American Farmland Trust) 
  • Kitty O’Neil 
  • Shawn Bossard 
  • Mike Stanyard 
  • Mike Hunter 
  • Aaron Gabriel 
  • Greg Albrecht (NYSAGM) 
  • Ken Wise 
  • Gary Bergstrom 
  • Erik Smith 
  • Bryan Brown 

Course calendar

Dates:
  • Start: January 5
  • Q&A session: January 11 at 1:30 PM EST
  • Homework and quiz due: January 19
Topics:
  • Intro to Moodle
  • Successful Crop Management Strategies
Speakers:
  • Kathy Barrett
  • Rob Lynch
  • Joe Lawrence
  • Kirsten Workman
Dates:
  • Start: January 12
  • Q&A session: January 18 at 1:30 PM EST
  • Homework and quiz due: January 26
Topics:
  • Soil Sampling/Interpretation
  • Lime
  • N, P, K Guidelines & Recommendations
  • Fertilizer & Manure Math
Speakers:
  • Quirine Ketterings
  • Kirsten Workman
  • Joe Lawrence
Dates:
  • Start: January 19
  • Q&A session: January 25 at 1:30 PM EST
  • Homework and quiz due: February 2
Topics:
  • Soil Health: the why and how
  • Soil Compaction
  • Tillage Equipment
  • Equipment Setup & Calibration
Speakers:
  • Aaron Ristow
  • Kitty O’Neil
  • Shawn Bossard
  • Kirsten Workman
Dates:
  • Start: January 26
  • Q&A session: February 1 at 1:30 PM EST
  • Homework and quiz due: February 9
Topics:
  • Understanding pertinent Regulations
  • Risk Management & Assessment: runoff, leaching
  • Manure Management
  • Conservation Practices
Speakers:
  • Greg Albrecht
  • Quirine Ketterings
  • Kitty O’Neil
  • Aaron Ristow
Dates:
  • Start: February 2
  • Q&A session: February 8 at 1:30 PM EST
  • Homework and quiz due: February 16
Topics:
  • Row and Forage Crop Management Considerations: corn, soybean, wheat, forages
  • Establishment, In-season Management, Harvest
  • Grain Storage
Speakers:
  • Mike Stanyard
  • Aaron Gabriel
  • Joe Lawrence
Dates:
  • Start: February 9
  • Q&A session: February 15 at 1:30 PM EST
  • Homework and quiz due: February 23
Topics:
  • IPM Principles; GMO traits for pest management
  • Scouting; Insect Management
  • Disease Management
Speakers:
  • Ken Wise
  • Erik Smith
  • Gary Bergstrom
  • Joe Lawrence
Dates:
  • Start: February 16
  • Q&A session: February 22 at 1:30 PM EST
  • Homework and quiz due: March 1
Topics:
  • Weed ID & Lifecycles
  • Alternative Control Measures
  • Sprayer Operation/Calibration
  • Herbicide Resistance & Management
Speakers:
  • Mike Hunter
  • Cornell Weed Science Faculty

Platform and Technology Requirements

How it works

This course is offered online using the web-based platform, Moodle.  From the comfort of your home or office, watch pre-recorded presentations and engage at your convenience each week.  Quizzes are integrated to reinforce concepts of each presentation. Weekly Q&A sessions are offered for further engagement opportunities.  

Internet

We recommend that you use a computer with a DSL or cable modem connection, or a mobile device with a fast connection for optimal viewing of videos.

Software

Special software for the course is not required, beyond an internet browser (Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari, Chrome, Opera, etc.) and a small free download you will be automatically prompted to complete to access webinars on Zoom. It is helpful, but not strictly necessary, to have Microsoft Office (for Word and Excel documents). Your instructor can provide other options if you don’t have Office.

Hardware

You DO need to have functioning speakers for the webinars but DO NOT need to have a headset or video camera. You should be familiar with the functions of your computer and with browsing the internet. The more comfortable you are with new technology and distance learning, the more you will get out of the course.

For More Information

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Joe Lawrence

Dairy Forage Systems Specialist

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Joe Lawrence
Kirsten Workman
Kirsten Workman

Nutrient Management and Environmental Sustainability Specialist

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Kirsten Workman
  • kw566 [at] cornell.edu
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Kathy Barrett

Senior Extension Associate

Animal Science

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Kathy Barrett
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Robert Lynch

Dairy Herd Health and Management Specialist

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Animal Science

Robert Lynch
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Heather Darrow

Conference Coordinator

Animal Science

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Heather Darrow

Accessibility

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. If accommodations are needed to participate or fully access content, please contact Heather Darrow at hh96 [at] cornell.edu (hh96[at]cornell[dot]edu).