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July 2021

2021 Cornell Seed Growers Field Days

Event Offers DEC Credits

July 1, 2021
8:30 am - 12:00 pm
NYSIP Foundation Seed Barn
Ithaca, NY

Thursday, 1 July 2021
For seed growers, seed treatment applicators, and other seed professionals
Place: NYSIP Foundation Seed Barn, 791 Dryden Rd., Rt. 366, Ithaca, NY
Time: 8:30 AM - 12:00 Noon

Central NY Dairy Women's Peer Group Meeting

July 16, 2021
11:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Bob's BBQ
Homer, NY

Central NY Dairy Women's Peer Group Meeting

The South Central NY Dairy and Field Crops Team is excited to announce that we will resume in-person meetings of our Central NY Dairy Girl Network Peer Group this summer. This peer group brings dairy women together to build camaraderie, share ideas and experiences, and learn from one another. We typically invite a guest to share an informal presentation about a topic of interest, and we encourage everyone to join the discussion. All women involved in any aspect of the dairy industry are welcome to attend.

South Central NY Organic Dairy and Field Crop Day

July 27, 2021
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Scheffler's Farm
Groton, NY

South Central NY Organic Dairy and Field Crop Day

Participants will tour the listed fields in the West Groton area before the meeting, then bring questions and comments to the meeting at the Scheffler's farm. Our focus will be on annual forages, small grains, soybeans, and corn, but welcome other crop questions as well. We will begin with a light lunch, so registration is required.

Dairy Grazing Pasture Walk Series: Carey Farm

July 28, 2021
Carey Farm
Groton, NY

Dairy Grazing Pasture Walk Series: Carey Farm

Come see how Dan and Eric Carey graze nearly 300 dairy cows on 200 pasture acres in Groton, NY. With CCE educators Fay Benson & Mary Kate MacKenzie.

August 2021

2021 Cornell Hemp Field Day

August 12, 2021
Hybrid in-person & Zoom

Save the date for the 2021 Cornell Hemp Research and Extension Team Field Day on Thursday, August 12th. We are offering a hybrid field day this year—both in-person at Cornell AgriTech in Geneva and on Zoom.

Riverside Dairy Open House Farm Tour

August 12, 2021
12 pm - 3:00 pm
Riverside Dairy
Cincinnatus, NY

Riverside Dairy Open House Farm Tour

Riverside Dairy is proud to host a farm tour focusing on cow comfort, calf care and transition cow facilities as it related to a NY Farm Viability grant project over the past year.  CCE Dairy Specialists will go over results and benchmarks from assessments of these areas from all 15 farms involved in the study and the farm will share areas they've worked to improve on their dairy, as well as give a farm tour of facilities.  The tour is free to all participants, but registration is required.  

Topics:  Cow Comfort, Calf Care, Transition Cow Facilities

Dairy Grazing Pasture Walk Series: Troyer Farm

August 18, 2021
Troyer Farm
Candor, NY

Dairy Grazing Pasture Walk Series: Troyer Farm

Learn how the Troyer family is using pastures to achieve their goals for their 40-cow organic dairy. With Upper Susquehanna Coalition Grazing Management Specialist and grass farmer Troy Bishopp, the Grass Whisperer. 

CNY Dairy Girl Network August Meeting

August 26, 2021
12:30 - 2:30
Rawley Town Park Pavilion
Richford, NY

CNY Dairy Girl Network August Meeting

The Central NY Dairy Girl Network will meet on August 26 from 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm.  Please join us.  This group brings dairy women together to build camaraderie, share ideas, experience and learn from each other.  The meeting will be held at Rawley Park, located at 13334 NYS Route 38, Richford. This meeting will focus on the woman as an individual with hopes and dreams for their personal future.

September 2021

Dairy Grazing Pasture Walk Series: Murraydale Farms

September 8, 2021
Murraydale Farms
Truxton, NY

Dairy Grazing Pasture Walk Series: Murraydale Farms

Join Ryan and Annie Murray to learn how they have adapted New Zealand style grazing to manage their 90-cow organic Jersey herd in Truxton, NY. With NRCS grazing specialist Karen Hoffman.

Prepare for Corn Silage Harvest - Corn Dry Down Clinic

September 14, 2021
Tully Ag Center
Tully, NY

Prepare for Corn Silage Harvest - Corn Dry Down Clinic

Your Extension Specialists will be chipping corn stalks and checking dry matters to target corn silage harvest timing. We are collaborating with Tully Ag Center and John Winchell, Territory Sales Representative with ALLTECH. Dry matters will be determined using NIR, which allows a short turn-around time. Masks will need to be worn at the mill, as well as 6 feet of social distancing.

This is a free event!

Pasture Walk with NOFA-NY

September 22, 2021
5 - 7pm
Twin Oaks Dairy
Truxton, NY

Pasture Walk with NOFA-NY

Join farmers Kathie and Kirk Arnold on a tour of Twin Oaks Dairy LLC, which has been shipping certified organic milk since 1998. Rotational grazing is a foundational principle of the farm that keeps soils covered and sequestering carbon. They recently started planting trees in some of their pastures in a foray into silvopasture. This is their second year in making compost using the Elaine Ingham Bio Complete composting recipe and process.

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Upcoming Events

The Landowner & Utility-scale Solar Decision

October 26, 2021
Cortland, NY

On Tuesday, October 26th, at the NYS Grange Building in Cortland NY from 9:30 am - 3:00 pm, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Cortland County, and co-sponsored by the Cortland County Soil & Water Conservation District, will be hosting an event that will provide farmers and other landowners with information that addresses the topics of utility-scale solar development, leasing, and regulations. From 9:30 - 1:30, with a break for lunch, attendees will join in a webinar hosted by the statewide CCE team and covers the topics outlined above. From 1:30 - 3:00 attendees will be given an opportunity to engage in a Q&A with local panelists. The panelists will include 2 farmers who are currently working with solar developers, 2 municipal representatives who have been regularly engaged in this conversation, and the Energy & Climate Change Team Leader at CCE Tompkins.

Registration is required for the event and a registration fee of $10 will go to help cover the costs of lunch, speaker, and location fees. 

Income Tax Planning for Farms that File a Schedule F

October 13, 2021
October 20, 2021
October 27, 2021
: Income Tax Planning for Farms that File a Schedule F

A three-part series for farms that are already filing a Schedule F covering tax planning and goals, handling farm profits/losses, and strategies to improve your tax position while also working positively with your accountant/tax preparer.

Healthy, Hardy Heifers! Virtual Series Fall 2021

October 1, 2021
October 8, 2021
October 15, 2021
October 22, 2021
October 29, 2021
November 5, 2021
November 12, 2021
November 19, 2021
: Healthy, Hardy Heifers!

CCE Regional Ag Teams are excited to offer this NEW heifer series! Join us VIRTUALLY for an 8-week series on heifer management topics from post-weaning to calving! This series will be offered virtually via Zoom every Friday starting October 1st, 2021, at 12:00 pm EST. Sessions will be ~30 - 45 minutes in length, with a question period at the end.


From Our Team to Yours: COVID-19 Resources for Dairy Farmers

The South Central NY Dairy and Field Crops Team has compiled a list of articles that we think may be useful to dairy producers and their service providers as we all navigate the COVID-19 situation. Please stay safe and reach out to our team if you have questions or need help finding information. We are here to help with tools and resources to support all of the normal day-to-day dairy and field crop management considerations, in addition to emerging topics related to COVID-19.

For the full list, click here: COVID-19 Resources for Dairy Farmers

Regional Team Operations During COVID-19

Click here for an operations update.

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


CCE Hemp Exchange Board On-Line
Dear Hemp Growers & Processors: Our exchange board has its first postings; plenty of interest in selling and purchasing. You can check it out at

 *The NY Hemp Exchange Board is posted for your information and research purposes. Cornell Cooperative Extension does not endorse or recommend any product, service, individual, business or other entity. All "Hemp Exchanges" are posted at the discretion of CCE. "Hemp Exchanges" requests may be denied or removed at any time for any reason Maire Ullrich, MBA Agriculture Program Leader Eastern New York Horticulture Team - Vegetables Cornell University Cooperative Extension Orange County

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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Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship

Western New York Dairy Farmers Kim Shaklee and Janice Brown make the news with their successful Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship match. Kim and Janice are Master Graizers, and they are working hard with their Apprentice, Travis Belmore and preparing Lauren La Mar for an official Apprenticeship.

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