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February 2018

2018 Cow Comfort Conference

February 6 - February 7, 2018
Liverpool, NY

Topics Include:
The importance of maximizing cow comfort and the role of animal welfare in the dairy industry
Preparing for the worst (animal abuse allegations and emergencies)
Cow comfort and economics of robotic milking herds
Cow comfort in the maternity pen
Cow cooling vs. barn ventilation

Speakers Include:
Dr. Katy Proudfoot, Ohio State University
Dr. Trevor DeVries, University of Guelph
Jason Karszes, Cornell University
Curt Gooch, Cornell University


Hemp Workshop at the NYS Farmshow

February 8, 2018
10am-12am

Hemp Workshop at the NYS Farmshow
Speakers:
Joy Beckerman, Principal, Hemp Ace International 
Jennifer Gilbert Jenkins, Asst. Professor of Agronomy, SUNY Morrisville
Reuben Stone, Valley Bio Ltd.
Chris Logue, Director, Division of Plant Industry, NYS Dept. of Ag and Markets
Lawrence B. Smart, Professor Plant Science, Horticulture Section, Professor, Cornell 

**Get a free entrance ticket at local Ag businesses or CCE!**

SCNY Dairy Manager Discussion Group Tour to WNY

February 13, 2018
10 am- 3pm
Newark, NY

SCNY Dairy Manager Discussion Group Tour to WNY
YOU MUST CONTACT BETSY HICKS FOR REGISTRATION:
bjh246@cornell.edu
607.391.2673


NYCO Winter Meetings

February 13, 2018
10am-2pm

Meeting discusses forages with Tom Kilcer.
Our meetings are free and there is no need to RSVP! Please bring a dish to share for our potluck lunch!

Heifer Workshop - How to Make Decisions on Who to Keep, Genetics and Record Keeping

February 15, 2018
Registration: 9:30, Program: 10-3pm
Ithaca, NY

Heifer Workshop - How to Make Decisions on Who to Keep, Genetics and Record Keeping
How to Make Decisions on Who to Keep, Genetics and Record Keeping

Topics include:
Economics of heifer programs
Record keeping and tracking heifer programs with dairy comp
Decision making based on genetics

Organic Weed Management Topics

February 21, 2018
11am-2pm
McLean, NY

Organic Weed Management Topics
Cost: $10, includes lunch

Speakers include:
• Matt Ryan, an Assistant Professor at Cornell's Sustainable Cropping System Lab. He will talk about crop rotation, cover crops, and other cultural weed management practices. His interests also include: using cover crops for organic no-till soybean production, perennial grains, and adapting to climate change.
• An Organic Farmer Panel including:
o Tony Potenza of Trumansburg, who has had a tremendous history of organic field crop experience evidenced by his NOFA NY Farmer ID # of 01.
o Pete Mapstone of Manlius NY, Pete and his son Jeremy grow forage and grain to feed their 300 cow organic dairy.
o Phil Stauderman of Genoa NY raises organic crops for his son Karl's dairy and to sell


Hemp Workshop at the NYS Farmshow

February 23, 2018
10am-12am

Hemp Workshop at the NYS Farmshow
Speakers:
Joy Beckerman, Principal, Hemp Ace International 
Jennifer Gilbert Jenkins, Asst. Professor of Agronomy, SUNY Morrisville
Reuben Stone, Valley Bio Ltd.
Chris Logue, Director, Division of Plant Industry, NYS Dept. of Ag and Markets
Lawrence B. Smart, Professor Plant Science, Horticulture Section, Professor, Cornell 

**Get a free entrance ticket at local Ag businesses or CCE!**

Farmer Appreciation Luncheon

February 27, 2018
11-2pm
Dryden, NY

Farmer Appreciation Luncheon
In conjunction with CCE Cortland and Farm Service Agency.
For more information please contact Melanie Palmer at 315.424.9485 ext. 228 or mjp@cornell.edu.

March 2018

2018 NOFA ORGANIC DAIRY & FIELD CROP CONFERENCE

March 6, 2018

Spring Safety Meeting

March 9, 2018
9:00 a.m. registration
Cortland, NY

Spring Safety Meeting

NYCO Winter Meetings

March 13, 2018
10am-2pm

NYCO Winter Meetings
Meeting discusses putting hogs into crop rotation & funding opportunities for beginning farmers.
Our meetings are free and there is no need to RSVP! Please bring a dish to share for our potluck lunch!

Herd Manager School

March 15 - March 22, 2018
9:30 registration, program 10 am - 3 pm
Tully, NY

Herd Manager School will be offered as a 2-day program, held one week a part from each other.  The School will include morning classroom sessions as well as afternoon hands-on, on-farm learning.  
Topics: Transition Cow Health and Management
Transition Cow Facilities
Demonstration of Health Management Concepts
Antibiotic Stewardship and Protocols
Cull Cow Management
How to Use Your Local Vet
Body Condition Scoring During Transition Period
Case Studies on Antibiotic Residues

Farm Tour at Smith's Tre G Farm

March 20, 2018
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Manlius, NY


The Smith Family transitioned their dairy to organic production over the past three years and are now shipping to Organic Valley Coop. In addition to the transition to organic they added two Lely Robotic milkers to do the milking on their 130 cow farm. The Smiths have relied on a well-managed diversified farm to remain sustainable. In addition to their dairy they operate a long running strawberry business in the summer.
We will begin with a farm tour including the paddocks designed by Kirk Smith to make grazing and robots compatible. At lunch the Smith Family will relate their experience of transitioning during challenging times.

Contact Abbie for more details at ajt248@cornell.edu.

SCNY Dairy Manager Discussion Group Tours

March 20, 2018
1pm-5pm
Auburn, Skaneateles, NY

YOU MUST CONTACT BETSY HICKS FOR REGISTRATION:
bjh246@cornell.edu
607.391.2673


Soil Health & Pest Management Workshop

March 27, 2018
9:30am - 3:30pm
Horseheads, NY

DEC Pesticide Applicator Credits & CCA Credits will be available.
Pre-registration is REQUIRED by March 19th for lunch headcount. 
Contact Tom at Schuyler County Soil and Water at 607.535.0878, or email tomeskildsen1@gmail.com.
Event is FREE of charge, lunch included. 

Schedule:

9:30 Registration and coffee
9:50 Welcome - Tom Eskildsen, Schuyler County SWCD
10:00 Weed Control Topics - Janice Degni, Field Crop Specialist, Cornell
Cooperative Extension South Central NY Field Crop Specialist
11:00 Bradford, PA Cover Crop Interseeding Program - Nathan Dewing,
Bradford County Pennsylvania SWCD
11:30 Growing Healthy Soils: The relationship between plant biomass,
residue, organic matter, and soil biology - Paul Salon, USDA NRCS
Regional Soil Health Specialist
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Pasture Management Do's & Don'ts - John Wickham, Grazing
Specialist, Schuyler County SWCD
1:30 Agricultural Water Management in Today's Climate - Tom
Eskildsen, Senior District Technician, Schuyler County SWCD
2:15 Pesticide Record Keeping & Worker Protection Standards - Chris
Wainwright, NYS DEC Pesticide Control Specialist
3:15 Questions & Wrap Up

Are You Robbing Your Pastures to Feed Your Livestock?

March 29, 2018
Lunch at 12 pm with a meeting to follow until 2:30 pm
Dryden, NY

Are You Robbing Your Pastures to Feed Your Livestock?
Managing the Soils and Pastures of your operation are the two key components of a profitable livestock grazing operation. Altfrid Krusenbaum, a Wisconsin grazing consultant, will discuss his experience with managing pastures on his farm to generate profit. Cleason Horst of "Friendly Blends" soil amendments in Canandaigua, New York will talk about the depletion of soil fertility in pastures and how farmers can identify this by understanding soil lab reports.

Cost: $5.00 to cover lunch

For more information, contact Fay Benson at afb3@cornell.edu.
To RSVP, email Abbie at ajt248@cornell.edu, or Steph at sav66@cornell.edu

April 2018

Chemung County Shop Meeting

April 4, 2018
1-2:30pm
Elmira, NY

Chemung County Shop Meeting
Topic:
Comparing 2017 forages to the past years.

-Presentation
-Discussion
-Light refreshments

*Bring your forage sample or results to discuss* 

We will be looking to identify alfalfa fields for measurements in May.

To register:
Call Steph at 607.391.2662 or email sav66@cornell.edu.


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Upcoming Events

Sundaes on the Farm

July 21, 2024
Spencer, NY

Learn about Tioga County Agriculture! IFree Admission! Enjoy Ice Cream, Animals and Farm Tours, Kid's Activities, Food, Live Music, and Farm Vendors. 

2024 Aurora Farm Field Day

Event Offers DEC Credits

August 1, 2024
Aurora, NY

The annual Cornell Field Crop Research Field Day will be Thursday, August 1 at the Musgrave Research Farm, Aurora, N.Y. The program features walking and hay wagon tours in the morning and afternoon. 

DEC and CCA credits have been requested.

Tioga County Summer Walk Series: Pasture Walk #2

August 13, 2024 : Tioga County Summer Walk Series: Pasture Walk #2
Owego, NY

Pasture Walk #2 will focus on beef cow grazing!

Free to attend; register here. 
https://tinyurl.com/CCETiogaPW...

Announcements

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


Topics:
  • 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.

Multi-Tasking
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.

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


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