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August 2014

Farm City Day

August 9, 2014
Saturday 11am - 4pm
Groton, NY

Farm City Day returns to Fouts Farm at 1393 State Route 222, in Groton -- our 2004 Farm City Day host! Visit a dairy farm and learn about agriculture. Pet a calf, see how crops grow, learn what cows eat, take a hay ride, visit a cow barn, and MORE!

Sundaes at the Farm

August 10, 2014
Sunday Noon - 3pm
Barton, NY

Sundaes at the Farm
Join us Sunday August 10th 2014 from noon-3PM at Hamley's Dairy Farm in Barton, NY for a free ice cream sundae, farm tours, farmers market, chicken BBQ.

Soil Health Seminar

August 20, 2014
9 am - 4:30 pm
Skaneateles, NY

September 2014

Cortland Area Corn Silage Workshop and Bunk Mini-Lab

September 3, 2014
Cortland, NY

Cornell Cooperative Extension to offer a Corn Silage Harvest Meeting and Bunk Mini-Lab for farmers in the Cortland area on September 3, 2014 from 1-3 pm. The meeting will focus on harvesting at the proper window, the stage of this year's crop, packing and chop length, and will also have discussion on BMR vs conventional corn varieties. The second part of the meeting will be hands-on at the bunk and participants will have the opportunity to assess bunk management, monitor bunk temperatures and proper processing of corn silage.  

Tioga County Area Corn Silage Workshop and Bunk Mini-Lab

September 5, 2014
Candor, NY

Cornell Cooperative Extension will be offering a Corn Silage Harvest Meeting and Bunk Mini-Lab for farmers in the Tioga County area on September 5, 2014 from 1-3 pm. The meeting will focus on harvesting at the proper window, the stage of this year's crop, packing and chop length, and will also have discussion on BMR vs conventional corn varieties. The second part of the meeting will be hands-on at the bunk and participants will have the opportunity to assess bunk management, monitor bunk temperatures and proper processing of corn silage. The 2-hour meeting will be held at Aman's dairy farm at 56 Foote Crossing Road in Candor.

Horse Hay Workshop

September 10, 2014
6-8 pm
Ithaca, NY

Cornell Cooperative Extension to offer a workshop for horse owners who purchase hay on September 10, 2014 from 6-8 pm. The workshop will review the basics of horse anatomy and guidelines for nutrition as well as factors for evaluating hay. Common grass and legume species that are harvested for hay will be reviewed. The 2-hour workshop will be held at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County 4-H Acres, Kiwanis Hall, located at 418 Lower Creek Road, Ithaca. Attendees are encouraged to bring a flake of hay. The cost for the workshop is $10. Light refreshments will be available.  

Hands on Mozzarella-Making Class with Thomas Pinello

September 16, 2014
Cortland, NY

Have you ever thought about making cheese at home? Here is your chance to learn basic cheese making techniques from an experienced, local cheese maker. 

2014 Farm Bill Margin Protection Plan (MPP) Webinars

September 23, 2014
1-3 pm all locations, 7-9 pm Cortland

The SCNY Dairy & Field Crops Team will be hosting webinars to get producers familiarized with the 2014 Farm Bill's Margin Protection Plan for dairy. They will be at 4 locations from 1-3 pm:
4-H Building, Chemung County Fairgrounds, 170 Fairview Rd, Horseheads
CCE Tioga, 105 Main St, Owego
CCE Tompkins, 615 Willow Ave, Ithaca
CCE Cortland, 60 Central Ave, Cortland, also at 7-9 pm.

Dairy Margin Protection Plan Meeting, Byrne Dairy Plant, Cortland

September 24, 2014
Noon - 3pm
Cortland, NY

Dairy Margin Protection Plan Meeting, Byrne Dairy Plant, Cortland
The SCNY Dairy & Field Crops Team will be holding a informational meeting on the Dairy Margin Protection Plan (MPP) on September 24 at the new Byrne Dairy facility on Route 13 south of Cortland, NY. Producers who arrive by noon on the 24th will get a tour of the new plant, followed by a light lunch provide by Byrne Dairy.  Dairy Market Expert Andy Novakovic will be presenting at the meeting on MPP and will be available to answer questions on the new policy.  

Hands-on Mozzarella class with Thomas Pinello

September 30, 2014
Cortland, NY

DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND THIS IS A SECOND, IDENTICAL WORKSHOP TO THE ONE PRESENTED ON SEPT 16. Have you ever thought about making cheese at home? Here is your chance to learn basic cheese making techniques from an experienced, local cheese maker.  

October 2014

2014 Cornell Sheep & Goat Symposium

October 3 - October 4, 2014
Fri 1 pm -5:30 pm, Sat 7:45 am - 6 pm
Harford and Ithaca, NY

The 2014 Cornell Sheep & Goat Symposium will be held on Friday afternoon 3 October at the Cornell University Ruminant Center near Harford, NY and Saturday 4 October in Morrison Hall at the Cornell University campus.

Regional Calf Management Training Workshops Video Conference

October 28 - November 15, 2014
6:30pm - 9pm Tuesday and Thursday evenings, On Farm 10am - 3 pm Saturday Nov 15
Ithaca, NY

Cornell PRO-DAIRY is partnering with the Wyoming Dairy Institute and Cornell Cooperative Extension to offer regional calf management training programs. These programs will be offered statewide at six video conferencing sites from 6:30 to 9:00 pm October 28, October 30, November 4 and November 6. On-farm tour will be November 15th from 10-3 at McMahon's EZ Acres. Cost for the entire program is $50 per person. Register with the regional site. This program qualifies for Farm Service Agency Borrower Credits.

Program participants will also receive a $40 voucher toward the full day registration fee for the PRO-DAIRY Calf and Heifer Congress December 10 and 11 at the RIT Inn and Conference Center, Rochester, NY. Registration for the CNY location is limited to 10 participants.  

Cortland County Cooperative Extension Annual Meeting

October 29, 2014
Cortland, NY

Cortland County Cooperative Extension is holding its Annual Meeting Wednesday October 29th from 6:30-8pm in the County Office Building Auditorium.  Please come to learn more about all the things Extension does for the community, meet the staff and have some refreshments.  There is no cost for the meeting!  The Cortland County Dairy Princess will also be in attendance.  Come out and support Cortland County Cornell Cooperative Extension!

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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