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Date

August 23, 2017

Time

9:30 registration, 10 am - 3 pm program

Location

Volles Farm
Marietta, NY

Cost

This event is free.
per person

Host

South Central New York Dairy & Field Crops

Pre-Registration Deadline: August 22, 2017

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Farm Safety and OSHA Workshop

August 23, 2017


Presenters:
  • Karl Czymmek, Pro-Dairy
  • Keith Gillette & Michael Cappelli, NYSDOL
  • Danielle Volles, Volles Farm
Topics:
  • OSHA updates, new NYS Local Emphasis Program updates
  • Summary of Farm Safety Audits by NYS Dept of Labor
  • Farm walkthrough, safety mechanisms in place
Registration fee has been waived, but  RSVP is required!  Please contact Betsy Hicks, 607.391.2673 or bjh246@cornell.edu with any questions!



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Upcoming Events

Farm Safety and OSHA Workshop

August 23, 2017
9:30 registration, 10 am - 3 pm program
Marietta, NY

Presenters: 
  • Karl Czymmek, Pro-Dairy
  • Keith Gillette & Michael Cappelli, NYSDOL
  • Danielle Volles, Volles Farm
Topics:  
  • OSHA updates, new NYS Local Emphasis Program updates
  • Summary of Farm Safety Audits by NYS Dept of Labor
  • Farm walkthrough, safety mechanisms in place

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Summer Dairy Reproduction Update

August 24, 2017
7-9pm
Ithaca, NY

Summer Dairy Research Update
  • Heifer Reproduction
  • Hypocalcemia
Thursday, August 24th from 7-9pm
Cornell Vet Teaching Dairy, Tulip Tree Drive, Ithaca

Speakers will be:
  • Julio O. Giordano, DVM, MS, PhD - Cornell University, St. John Family Sesquicentennial, Assistant Professor-Dairy Cattle Biology & Management, Department of Animal Science
  • Magdalena Masello Souza, DVM - Cornell University, PhD Student-Dairy Cattle Biology & Management, Lab
  • Robert A. Lynch, DVM - Cornell University PRO-DAIRY Program, Herd Health & Management Specialist
Topics:

Reducing Replacement Heifers Rearing Cost through Improved Reproductive Management
Replacement cows generated by the heifer rearing enterprise are critical to the future of dairy farms. Nevertheless, raising heifers represents a major cost burden accounting for as much as 15 to 20% of the total cost of production. Thus, minimizing the duration of the non-lactating period by reducing days to pregnancy can help reduce farm operating costs. We will present new research data evaluating different reproductive management programs for dairy heifers in commercial dairy farms. The impact of these strategies on the reproductive performance and economics of heifers during their non-lactating period and their first lactation will be discussed.

Fresh Cow Calcium Supplementation- To Treat or Not to Treat
A recent large trial conducted on farms in New York State has provided insight into which cows truly benefit from oral calcium supplementation.  We will review the trial results to help you make practical decisions regarding post-calving calcium supplementation in your herds.

Registration is free, but required so we have an accurate count for refreshments.
Registration required by August 22nd-register online or contact Betsy Hicks at 607.391.2673 or email bjh246@cornell.edu.


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Announcements

2017 Corn Silage Update: Potential Fiber Quality

A message from Kevin Putnam, Dairy Specialist with Dupont-Pioneer

Everyone,

Over the last couple of weeks I have been asked multiple times, what will 2017 corn silage quality be like given the rain we have had so far, and is there anything we can do about it? The answer, as always, it depends. The reason it depends is mainly due to three factors, pollination, current inventory, and progress of the current crop. All of which are variable given drought conditions in areas last year, and delayed planting for many this year. In this email I hope to explain what corn silage quality could potentially be, and what management strategies could be utilized to improve it.

What is the potential NDFd of 2017 corn silage?

If we are only considering the fiber portion, which we would be with NDFd, then we have the potential to be disappointed. Corn silage NDFd is determined pre-silk, this is when the plant is building structure in the form of fiber, lignin, and cross linking (rebar that ties it all together). Once the plant goes reproductive its main focus is its offspring, the ear, this is why we typically see little to no plant growth after pollination. The main factors that affect corn silage fiber digestibility are moisture, sunlight, and heat (in that order). Dr. Mike VanAmburgh has said that moisture has a 7x greater the effect on NDFd when compared to sunlight and heat. Even though we have a lot of corn at different growing stages around the countryside right now, itís pretty safe to say that most of the pre-silk growth has come during wet conditions. Not that I have to remind anyone, but this comes after one the worst droughts on record in 2016, and with that record high NDFd levels. So we are looking at potentially having 2017 corn silage be a complete 180 from 2016, from an NDFd standpoint.   (read more: https://nydairyadmin.cce.cornell.edu/uploads/doc_491.pdf)




First-ever Industrial Hemp Summit

"Industrial hemp has tremendous potential to grow manufacturing, support the creation of new jobs and boost the profitability of farms across New York," Governor Cuomo said. "By eliminating barriers and expanding research and development for both businesses and farms, New York will capitalize on this emerging crop to continue to move this region and this state forward." (Metropolitan Transportation Authority of the State of New York, Flickr/Creative Commons)

See more at: https://www.morningagclips.com/first-evet-industrial-hemp-summit/#sthash.pg6Ju1I8.dpuf



Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship

As DGA Education Coordinator in New York, Fay Benson, Small Dairy Educator, SCNY Dairy & Field Crops Team, CCE Cortland, is out recruiting dairy grazing farmers to become Masters.

https://www.dga-national.org/Press/Cornell-Dairy-Supporter-Promotes-Grazing-Apprenticeship


Grazing Heifers - An Opportunity for Large Dairy Farms

Grazing Heifers - An Opportunity for Large Dairy Farms

CONTENTS: An Overview of economics and 10 Fact Sheets covering the resources required to operate a
farm owned heifer grazing system or contracting with a Custom Grazer.

1. Grazing Management
2. Nutrition
3. Animal Control and Movement
4. Infrastructure: Fencing
5. Infrastructure: Water
6. Immunity and Vaccination
7. Fly Control
8. Avoiding Pasture Pitfalls
9. Grazing Checklist
10. Custom Grazing Contract

WRITTEN BY: FAY BENSON, GRAZING EDUCATOR, SCNY DAIRY TEAM

Additional Authors:
Dr. Sam Leadley-Attica Vet Clinic
John Conway-Cornell Pro Dairy
Kara Dunn-Freelance Writing,Mannsville, NY

Through the combined use of Management Intensive Grazing and winter confinement, Dairy Farmers can raise heifers that fit their operations through:
  • Reduced Cost of Feed and Labor
  • Targeted Growth Goals
  • Increased Fitness due to Exercise
  • Decreased Post Calving Metabolic Problems
Full PDF Version: https://nydairyadmin.cce.cornell.edu/uploads/doc_439.pdf


Grazing Heifers - An Opportunity for Large Dairy Farms

Grazing Heifers - An Opportunity for Large Dairy Farms

CONTENTS: An Overview of economics and 10 Fact Sheets covering the resources required to operate a
farm owned heifer grazing system or contracting with a Custom Grazer.

1. Grazing Management
2. Nutrition
3. Animal Control and Movement
4. Infrastructure: Fencing
5. Infrastructure: Water
6. Immunity and Vaccination
7. Fly Control
8. Avoiding Pasture Pitfalls
9. Grazing Checklist
10. Custom Grazing Contract

WRITTEN BY: FAY BENSON, GRAZING EDUCATOR, SCNY DAIRY TEAM

Additional Authors:
Dr. Sam Leadley-Attica Vet Clinic
John Conway-Cornell Pro Dairy
Kara Dunn-Freelance Writing,Mannsville, NY

Through the combined use of Management Intensive Grazing and winter confinement, Dairy Farmers can raise heifers that fit their operations through:
  • Reduced Cost of Feed and Labor
  • Targeted Growth Goals
  • Increased Fitness due to Exercise
  • Decreased Post Calving Metabolic Problems
Full PDF Version: https://nydairyadmin.cce.cornell.edu/uploads/doc_439.pdf


2017 Cornell Guide for Integrated Field Crop Management Now Available

2017 Cornell Guide for Integrated Field Crop Management Now Available

The 2017 edition of the Cornell Guide for Integrated Field Crop Management is now available. This annual publication provides up-to-date field crop production information for New York State. It is designed as a practical guide for field crop producers, crop consultants, ag chemical dealers, and others who advise field crop producers.

In addition to the annual variety and pesticide updates, highlighted changes in this edition of the Field Crops Guide include:
ē Updated malting barley variety descriptions, including field research trial data.
ē Updated pesticide use information.

The Cornell Guidelines are available as a print copy, online-only access, or a package that combines print and online access. The print edition of the 2017 Field Crops Guide costs $30 plus shipping. Online-only access is $30. A combination of print and online access costs $42 plus shipping costs for the printed book.

Cornell Guidelines can be obtained through your local Cornell Cooperative Extension office or from the Cornell Store at Cornell University. To order from the Cornell Store, call (844) 688-7620 or order online at http://store.cornell.edu/c-875-pmep-guidelines.aspx


2016 Machinery Custom Rates

https://www.nass.usda.gov/Statistics_by_State/Pennsylvania
/Publications/Machinery_Custom_Rates/2016%20Custom%20Rates.pdf


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.

Eligibility
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


Malting Barley Resources

Brewing markets have one of the most stringent sets of quality standards of all the small grain markets. The humid northeastern climate of NYS can make this all the more challenging; even in the western North American malting barley regions, a significant percentage of barley crops may not meet malting quality standards in a given year. A grave mistake that NYS growers can make is to underestimate and/or be uninformed about the management attention that malting barley needs in order to achieve malting quality standards. If inadequate management is coupled with a difficult weather year, the chance of a malting barley crop failure is high. Operating in a new, developing craft economy also has its own set of challenges. Several aspects of malting barley need to be understood to manage the cropís potential to produce and meet market quality specifications for craft markets in our climate and context.

For more information, visit the following link: http://fieldcrops.cals.cornell.edu/small-grains/malting-barley

$25M for Southern Tier Agriculture

ALBANY - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the release of program criteria for the $25 million Southern Tier Agricultural Industry Enhancement Program. The eligibility requirements are now available online at www.agriculture.ny.gov. The program will provide crucial funding for projects designed to help farms and agribusinesses expand and grow their operations, as well as increase environmental enhancements in Allegany, Broome, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Chemung, Chenango, Delaware, Schuyler, Steuben, Tompkins and Tioga counties. Applications will be available beginning January 19, 2016.

"New York's agriculture industry is an economic engine in upstate communities - driving growth and expanding opportunity," Governor Cuomo said. "I'm proud to announce $25 million in State funding for the Agriculture Industry Enhancement Program which will provide vital support to all farmers and agribusinesses in the Southern Tier and keep New York's agricultural economy growing."

Eligible projects will increase agricultural production on farms and improve profitability, as well as support farmers in better managing and enhancing environmental resources. Projects that are awarded State funding may receive up to $100,000 to help with expenses associated with construction, renovation, irrigation, drainage, environmental enhancements, fencing, trellis systems and greenhouses. Eligible applicants that demonstrate an exemplary commitment to protecting or enhancing natural resources, may also be entitled to an additional $10,000 toward their project.

The Department of Agriculture and Markets will work in coordination with the County Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD) to administer the program. The SWCDs will pre-qualify projects and oversee the implementation of awards. Awards will be made on a semi-annual basis for a period of two years or until funding is depleted. Applications will be available and filed locally through each respective county SWCD. To find a list of the SWCDs, click here.

Applicants must meet the Department's definition of a farm operation and meet additional criteria as outlined in the program criteria, including participation in the New York State Agricultural Environmental Management program within the past three years, or a commitment to participate in the program prior to being awarded.

State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball said, "The Governor's targeted initiative to invest in this 11-county area is a big win for agriculture, and we're excited to provide applicants the details of the program and begin to accept their proposals in a few weeks. The funding being made available will have a significant impact on the future success of many farms and agribusinesses that are looking to increase production as well as their environmental sustainability."

Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Senator Patty Ritchie said, "Preserving our State's farmland is so important to ensuring New York's agriculture industry has the room it needs to thrive and grow. I'm pleased that farmers and agribusiness owners will soon be able to take advantage of this special program, which will not only provide them with the support they need to make their operations more successful, but also will help them to enhance their land's environmental protections."

Assembly Agriculture Committee Chair Assemblyman Bill Magee said, "The funding for farms and farm businesses announced by Governor Cuomo today will encourage sustainable growth, giving farmers in the 11-county area an opportunity to invest in the protection of farmland and natural resources, while enhancing increased agricultural production in the Southern Tier."

-NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets

https://www.morningagclips.com/25m-for-southern-tier-agriculture/?utm_content=articles&utm_campaign=NLCampaign&utm_source=Newsletter&utm_term=newsletteredition&utm_medium=email

2016 Residue Prevention Manual for Dairy Producers

The National Milk Producers Federation has released the 2016 Residue Prevention manual for dairy producers. This manual gives an update of some best management practices to lower the risk if antibiotic residues in meat or milk. It also contains a list of FDA approved drugs for use in dairy cattle. This manual is available free online at:

www.nationaldairyfarm.com/sites/default/files/2016-Residue-Manual.pdf


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Dairy Acceleration Program

Plan for profitable and environmentally responsible growth! The Dairy Acceleration Program is an initiative of Governor Cuomo, in partnership with the NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets and the NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation. The program is designed to enhance profitability of NY dairy farms and to maintain a commitment to environmentally responsible growth.

For full details visit www.ansci.cornell.edu/prodairy


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