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March 2019

Crop Management Topics

Event Offers DEC Credits

March 5, 2019
Registration 9:30am Meeting 10:00am-2:30pm
Binghamton, NY

Current and Interesting Crop Topics
DEC & CCA Credits in Application
Cost $15
See Flyer for Details

Dairy Managers Training

March 6 - March 13, 2019
9:30 Registration, 10am-3pm Training

Dairy Managers Training
Two-Day Training Session, March 6 and March 13

March 6: Owego/Newark Valley, NY  Flemingville United Methodist Church, 540 W Creek Rd, Owego and visiting Todd and Josie Spencer's Dairy Farm, 3657 West Creek Rd, Newark Valley, NY

Communication with People, Erica Leubner, NYFarmNet
Communication with Animals and Cattle Handling, Curt Pate, 1 hour in classroom, 2 hours in freestall

March 13: McMahon's E-Z Acres, 5950 West Scott Rd, Homer, NY

Facility Management for Profitability
Heifer Management & Facilities, Steve Chuta, Zoetis
Partial Budgets
Farm Walkthrough of Heifer Facilities


March 8, 2019
12:30pm - 1:00pm

"It's too complicated" is an often heard comment from farmers looking to utilize Crop Insurance on their farms here in New York. This webinar will go over some of the first things a farmer would need to consider before reaching out to a crop insurance sales person. Understanding these concepts will improve the chance of purchasing a policy which will truly reduce the risk of growing crops.

Fay Benson, who works with the South Central NY Dairy Team, will share some of his experience while farming as well as knowledge gained during working with crop insurance education in New York for the past 10 years.

One tap mobile +16468769923,787940563# US (New York) 

By Phone +1 646 876 9923 US (New York)

Meeting ID: 787 940 563

Webinar with Pro-Dairy and Cornell's Crop Insurance Education Team

Manure Handling & Trucking Safety Workshop

March 8, 2019
9am - 3pm
Cortland, NY

To register, call or e-mail Shannon Myers at (607) 391-2662 or

Cost: $10 for lunch

NYCO Winter Meetings

March 12, 2019
10am - 2 pm
Geneva, NY

No cost, no need to register! Please bring a dish to pass at the potluck lunch. 

For more information, contact Fay Benson, (607) 391-2669,

Hemp Research Update and Information Session

March 13, 2019
1 pm - 3 pm
Binghamton, NY

Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2019 Time: 1:00 pm -3:00 pm Where: Cornell Cooperative Extension Ag Development Center Conference Room (next to the Taste of NY Store) 840 Upper Front Street, Binghamton, NY 13905 This meeting offers the opportunity to learn about findings from 2 years of Cornell research projects, farmer's perspectives and how to navigate the process of permit application.

Crop Protection

Event Offers DEC Credits

March 20, 2019
Registration 9:30am Meeting 10:00am-3:00pm
Horseheads, NY

Current and Interesting Crop Protection Topics. 
DEC and CCA Credits in Application.
See Flyer for Details.

Dairy Managers Discussion Group: Session III

March 21, 2019
Noon lunch, followed by discussion 1-3 pm
Cortland, NY

Dairy Managers Discussion Group: Session III
Dairy Beef: All Questions Answered, Dr. Mike Baker - Cornell University; Calf Math, Megan Bradley - Genex

Cost: $10 for lunch

RSVP to Shannon Myers:, (607) 391-2662
Questions to Betsy Hicks:  (607) 391-2673

QuickBooks for Farmers and Growers

March 27 - April 17, 2019
10am - 12pm on March 27, April 3 & 10; 1pm - 3pm on April 17
Cortland, NY

Learn how to set up and use QuickBooks in your farm or agricultural business. This 4-part series will cover:
  • Basic accounting concepts
  • Setting up a customized Chart of Accounts
  • Recording sales revenues
  • Recording and paying for expenses
  • Reconciling accounts
  • Creating and analyzing financial statements
  • Record keeping for risk management
All in a small group setting with other farmers, allowing plenty of time for interaction and questions. Laptops with QuickBooks 2018 will be provided if you do not have one.

Pesticide Applicator Training

Event Offers DEC Credits

March 28, 2019
Registration: Noon, Workshop: 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Dryden, NY

March 28, 2019

Registration: Noon
Workshop: 12:30-3:30 pm
Light snacks provided/you are welcome to bring a bag lunch
Exam - TBA

Cost $25/Instruction class

3 Core DEC Re-Certification Credits Available

See Flyer for Details

April 2019

No Events Scheduled at this Time

May 2019

Youth Tractor Safety Certification Course

May 9 - May 30, 2019
Thursdays 5-9 May 9, May 16, May 23, May 30 and Saturdays 8:30-12:30 May 11 & May 18
Tully, NY

Youth Tractor Safety Certification Course

Class fee is $30, which includes the training manual.

Class size is limited. Pre-registration is required. Registration deadline is Monday May 6

Thursday evenings 5 - 9 pm on May 9, May 16, May 23, May 30 and Saturday mornings 8:30 am - 12:30 pm on May 11 and May 18. The certification exams will be given at class on Thursday May 30th. 

Venture Farms LLC in Tully, NY and Cazenovia Equipment Company in Cazenovia, NY.

Innovations in Organic Vegetable Production

May 13, 2019
3pm - 7pm
Freeville, NY

NOFA-NY Organic@Cornell Summer Field Day Series
Innovations in Organic Vegetable Production

Cost: Free
Date: Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Time: 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm (Vegetable tastings and reception to follow)
Location: Homer C. Thompson Vegetable Research Farm, 133 Fall Creek Rd, Freeville, NY 13068

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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.


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 

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

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