Event Offers DEC Credits

Event Details


July 29 - July 31, 2020


10:00 am


Online Event - Register at https://blogs.cornell.edu/soilhealthinitiative/virtual/agenda/#.Xx89CZ5Ki


South Central New York Dairy and Field Crops

Empire Farm Days' Virtual Soil Health Center Program

July 29 - July 31, 2020


This event, made possible by the New York State Interagency Soil Health Working Group, New York Soil Health Initiative, and Empire Farm Days, is for farmers, researchers, agriculture service providers, home gardeners, and others interested in advancing soil health efforts across the state.

Click on the registration buttons below for each day you would like to attend. You will get an email confirmation with the Zoom link, and the option to add the program to your calendar. There is no charge to participate.

Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) CEU credits are available for the virtual soil health center program. Download the CCA CEU Scan in Slides to sign in for each day. Credits are only applicable to those with CCA, CPAg, CPSS, CPSC certifications. Questions can be directed to Greg Albrecht - greg.albrecht@agriculture.ny.gov

I'm pleased to finally announce the schedule for Empire Farm Days' Virtual Soil Health Center Program. Although Empire Farm Days was unfortunately canceled, the Virtual Soil Health Center Program is still on. Please register for one or all sessions at http://newyorksoilhealth.org/virtual/agenda

Please share this around widely with your colleagues and friends.

Greg Albrecht and Joe Lawrence also registered these workshops for CCA credits.

Each day will feature a keynote speaker with soil health expertise:

? John Wallace, assistant professor of weed science at Pennsylvania State University, will present on "cover crop interseeding: next steps of increasing adoption".

? Jennifer Moore-Kucera, Climate Initiative Director at American Farmland Trust, will present on "Linkages between soil biology and soil health: The science and new findings"

? Jean-Paul Stewart-Courtens, Roxbury Agriculture Institute, will present on "Cover cropping to improve soil and plant health on an organic vegetable farm: Reflecting on what's worked"

The Empire Farm Days' Soil Health Center also brings together innovative New York farmers who have broad experience with the successes and challenges of managing agricultural lands to improve soil health. Two farmer panels will foster conversations to help participants understand soil health practices in dairy systems and in organic vegetable and grain cropping systems.

Dairy systems panelists:
? Forrest Watson, Mulligan Farm, Avon;
?Ryan Akin, Hemdale Farms & Greenhouses, Clifton Springs; and
?Jason Burroughs, Aurora Ridge Dairy, Aurora;

Organic vegetable and grain crop panelists:
?Aaron Munzer, Plowbreak Farm, Burdette;
?Josh Jurs, Kreher Family Farms, Clarence;
?Rick Pederson, Pederson Farms, Seneca Castle; and
?Jean-Paul Stewart-Courtens, Philia Farm, Johnstown.

There will also be a special presentation on optimizing no-till planter performance for improved yields and soil health. And a live cover-crop walk where Rod Porter of King's AgriSeeds will discuss various cover crop species, their benefits and drawbacks, and tips for success.

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Farm Participants Needed for Bale Grazing Grant!

Information on the Project:  
  • Approximately 10 acres total needed to bale graze two different bale densities
  • "Core" farms will graze two winters, "Demo" farms will graze one winter.
  • Payments for both "Core" farms and "Demo" farms
  • Baseline soil sampling by bale grazing team
  • Forage measurements in early season by bale grazing team
  • Late season clipping if residual not trampled down by farm
Interested farms can enroll for this winter or next.

Looking for 2-3 dairy farms to enroll! If interested, please reach out to Betsy Hicks, 607.391.2673 or bjh246@cornell.edu 

Cornell Cow Convos - New Podcast

On-going podcast, New episodes released on the last Thursday of the month.
Guest speakers, CCE Dairy Specialists.

Housed on Soundcloud Channel is CCE Dairy Educators

  • Preventative healthcare for cows
  • The trend of beef on dairy
  • What to look forward to in the new year for dairy
  • Socially grouping or pair-housing calves

Dairy Acceleration Program Funds Available

Funds available for the
  • organization of financial records/benchmarking up to $1,000
  • continued business planning (for farms awarded in a previous year) up to $2,500
  • business planning up to $5,000
Guidelines remain the same DAP covers 80% of the cost up to the value of the award and the farm is responsible for 20%.  Visit https://prodairy.cals.cornell.edu/dairy-acceleration/

2018 Drug Residue Prevention Manual

For more than 30 years, the U.S. dairy industry has focused educational efforts on the judicious use of antibiotics through the annual publication of a Best Practices Manual. The 2018 edition of the National Dairy FARM Program: Farmers Assuring Responsible Management? Milk and Dairy Beef Drug Residue Prevention Manual is the primary educational tool for dairy farm managers throughout the country on the judicious and responsible use of antibiotics, including avoidance of drug residues in milk and meat.

The manual is a quick resource to review those antibiotics approved for dairy animals and can also be used as an educational tool and resource for farm managers as they develop on-farm best management practices necessary to avoid milk and meat residues. Visit the Manual and Form Library to download copies of this important tool!

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ProDairy Forage Management

Are you prepared to change your routine this spring?

By: Joe Lawrence, Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY and Ron Kuck, Cornell Cooperative Extension North Country Regional Ag Team

While spring tasks vary by farm, there are many "rites of spring," and they are often completed in a fairly rigid sequence. Depending on the farm, these often include fixing fence, spreading manure, planting new seedings, planting corn and harvesting first cutting, and are often performed in this order.

We are optimistic that the upcoming turn in weather will allow these task to be accomplished in a timely manner, but at this point it is time to ask yourself: Are you willing to change your spring routine?

In addition to adverse weather it is no secret that everyone is facing extremely tight economic times, and dealing with forage inventories of poor digestibility forages from 2017. This combination of factors makes it more critical than ever to be ready to tackle the task that will have the most impact on your business at the proper time.

Recent reference articles on dealing with tough times:
• Key Opportunities to Optimize 2018 Crop Production Efficiency
• Resources for Dealing with Spring Weather Delays
First Cutting
The number one focus should be on timely harvest of first cutting.
• Park the corn planter when a field of first cutting is ready for harvest.
o Monitoring 1st cut harvest timing
• Approach harvest by the acre, not by the field. Be ready to skip over a field that has passed its optimum harvest stage.
o Dynamic Harvest Schedules
• Strategically plan feed storage to best utilize forage inventories for the right group of animals.
o Strategic Forage Storage Planning
o When More is Better
Corn Planting
The window for planting for silage is generally wider than for grain, which is why first cutting can and should take priority over corn planting. However, in the event of extreme delays in planting corn, performance will diminish with late plantings. If corn planting progresses into late May or early June, begin to consider alternative options for those acres. Previous research from Cornell and Penn State suggest a 0.5 to 1 ton/acre per week decline in silage yield for planting after mid to late May.

First and foremost during a time of year that can be very busy and stressful, taking every precaution to keep your team safe is critical.

The idea of fitting all of this work into a condensed time period, and still getting key tasks completed before critical deadlines can seem impossible, but year after year many find unique ways to get it all done. Consider working with neighbors, custom operators or renting equipment to accomplish these key tasks on time.

If you currently utilize custom operators, now is a good time to set up a time to meet with them and make sure you are on the same page to get tasks accomplished in the time-frame needed. Make sure that your expectations and goals are clearly defined. They will also be under stress to fit their work into a condensed period and meet their customers' expectations, so defining expectations and pre-planning how to most efficiently get the work accomplished when the custom operator arrives can go a long way to increase the chances for success.

NYSERDA Agriculture Energy Audit Program

NYSERDA offers energy audits to help eligible farms and on-farm producers identify ways to save energy and money on utility bills. Reports include recommendations for energy efficiency measures.

Eligible farms include but are not limited to dairies, orchards, greenhouses, vegetables, vineyards, grain dryers, and poultry/egg. The farms must also be customers of New York State investor-owned utilities and contribute to the System Benefits Charge (SBC). Please check your farmís current utility bills to see if your farm pays the SBC.

Energy Audit Options
You can request the level of energy audit that best fits your farmís needs. NYSERDA will assign a Flexible Technical Assistance Program Consultant to visit your farm and perform an energy audit at no cost to you.

For more information and the NYSERDA Agriculture Energy Audit Program Application click here