Warren County Soil & Water will hold its first “Farm Talk”of 2016 no January 29th in Warrensburg. The series of programs, now in its third year, is designed for small farmers, hobbyists and agricultural producers. This year’s presentations will begin with a talk by Marybeth Mitcham of Cornell Cooperative Extension entitled “Invasive Species: Why Should I Care?” followed by “Small Pond Management: Plants, Fish & Algae” with Bob Bombard of Warren County Soil & Water.
Invasive species are one of the most discussed topics in our region, mainly due to our strong economic ties to local water resources. Whether the invasive species are aquatic or terrestrial, plant or animal, they can play a significant major part in the health of our natural resources and have the potential to negatively affect our economy. Agriculture and recreation are already strongly affected by invasive species that are costly to manage. Our ability to recognize and manage invasives early is critical to eradication prior to a costly infestation.
During the second talk of the night, “Small Pond Management: Plants, Fish & Algae,” Bob Bombard will discuss the importance of managing ponds for agriculture and/or wildlife habitat. Factors such as water quality, nutrient loading, storm-water management, animal waste, erosion, plants, algae and animals (both aquatic and terrestrial) should all be considered to create a balanced pond ecosystem.
Photo of invasive purple loosestrife by Nick Rowell (provided).