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July 2019

Pasture Walk: Custom Grazing Dairy Heifers

July 9, 2019
11:30am - 2pm
Fabius, NY

Pasture Walk: Custom Grazing Dairy Heifers
Join owner/operator Tim Virgil and Cornell Cooperative Extension grazing educator Fay Benson for a pasture walk at a 40-heifer custom grazing operation. The program will cover all aspects of custom grazing dairy heifers.

This program is designed for dairy producers who want to learn more about management intensive grazing. It is also intended for custom grazers and other landowners interested in setting up a heifer grazing enterprise.

This is a free event. Please register in advance so we know how many people to expect.


Dairy Cattle Summer Research Update~Schuylerville

July 9, 2019
7-9 pm
Schuylerville, NY

After the day's work is done?
Come hear about two new research trials conducted by Julio Giordano's Lab.

From No-Till to New Cultivars: Improving Organic Corn and Soybean Production

July 16, 2019
10am - 2pm
Aurora, NY

NOFA-NY Organic@Cornell Summer Field Day Series

From No-till to New Cultivars: Improving Organic Corn and Soybean Production

Cost: Free
Date: Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Time: 10:00 - 2:00 (Lunch included)
Location: Musgrave Research Farm, 1256 Poplar Ridge Rd, Aurora, NY 13026


Dairy Cattle Summer Research Update~Milford

July 16, 2019
7-9 pm
Milford, NY

After the day's work is done?
Come hear about two new research trials conducted by Julio Giordano's Lab.

Dairy Cattle Summer Research Update

July 17, 2019
7-9pm
Ithaca, NY

Dairy Cattle Summer Research Update
July 17, 2019 7-9 pm
Vet Teaching Dairy, Tulip Tree Drive, Ithaca, NY

No cost to attend, but registration is required!

To register:  Contact Shannon Myers at srm242@cornell.edu or (607) 391-2662
Questions: Contact Betsy Hicks at bjh246@cornell.edu or (607) 391-2376

Tie Stall Cow Comfort Meeting and Tour

July 18, 2019
1pm-3pm
Newark Valley, NY

Tie Stall Cow Comfort Meeting & Tour
Thursday, July 18, 1-3 pm
Lawton's Jersey Farm
581 Bridge St., Newark Valley, NY 13811

No cost for attendance, but RSVP requested for refreshments.

RSVP Shannon Myers: srm242@cornell.edu or (607) 391-2662
Questions? Betsy Hicks: bjh246@cornell.edu or (607) 391-2673

Dairy Cattle Summer Research Update

July 18, 2019
7:00-9:00pm
Batavia, NY

Dairy Cattle Summer Research Update
After the day's work is done, come hear about two new research trials conducted by Julio Giordano's lab:
  • Strategies for improving dairy cattle reproductive performance and economics
  • Using automated sensors for improving dairy cattle health monitoring and management

Sundaes on the Farm

July 21, 2019
12pm - 3pm
Barton, NY

Sundaes on the Farm
12pm - 3pm, Sunday July 21
Stronghaven Farm
2601 State Route 17C, Barton, New York 13734

Cost = Free

What's the Buzz? Flies on Cattle?

July 23, 2019

1:00pm - 2:30pm at Dairy-Adon Farm, 403 St Hwy 72, Potsdam
6:30pm - 8:00pm at Beef-Cookeland Farm, 13 Regan Rd, Potsdam

Weed Resistance Management Demonstration and Plot Tour

Event Offers DEC Credits

July 23, 2019
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Waterloo, NY

Weed Resistance Management Demonstration and Plot Tour
Come join us on July 23 in Seneca County at Quinten Good's farm for a demonstration and walking tour of 16 different pre- and post-emergence treatments in soybean and 12 different treatments and combinations in corn.
  • Tall waterhemp and marestail are two weeds that are resistant to glyphosate and ALS herbicide modes of action in the WNY and Finger Lakes regions.
  • Each year the number of acres with resistant weed populations expands.
  • For herbicides to be an effective tool in weed management, we have to know what chemistries & application timings are most effective against these resistant weeds.

Organic Dairy Profit Discussion Group

July 24, 2019
10am - 3pm
Dryden, NY

Organic Dairy Profit Discussion Group
10am - 3pm, Wednesday July 24
Dryden Fire Hall
26 North St, Dryden NY

For more information, contact Mary Kate Wheeler at mkw87@cornell.edu or 509-294-6073.

Income and Real Property Tax Primer-A Learning Circle for Women Non-Operating Land Owners of Ag Land

July 24, 2019
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Portageville, NY

Income and Real Property Tax Primer-A Learning Circle for Women Non-Operating Land Owners of Ag Land
For many of us taxes can be a mystery, let's have a conversation with the experts about the tax considerations agricultural landowners need to think about. 

Grasstravaganza ~ Save the Date!

July 25 - July 27, 2019

Save the date for this event!

Preventing Sexual Harassment on Farms

July 29 - July 30, 2019
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Preventing Sexual Harassment on Farms
Preventing Sexual Harassment on Farms- Tools for Employers:
Updates and Resources for the NYS Sexual Harassment Regulations 

Preventing Sexual Harassment on Farms - Tools for Employers

July 29, 2019
10:00am - 1:00pm
Homer, NY

Preventing Sexual Harassment on Farms - Tools for Employers
This workshop will bring together agriculture labor experts and farm management specialists from around the state to discuss New York's new sexual harassment prevention laws. The training will help you understand what the new requirements are and how your business can meet them.

Pasture Walk with the Finger Lakes Graziers-Cancelled!

July 29, 2019
12:45 - 4 pm

The Finger Lakes Graziers pasture walk has been cancelled due to some scheduling conflicts. 

THIS MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELLED Twilight Meeting - Johne's Disease

July 30, 2019

Preventing Sexual Harassment on Farms - Tools for Employers

July 30, 2019
10:00am - 1:00pm
Dryden, NY

Preventing Sexual Harassment on Farms - Tools for Employers
This workshop will bring together agriculture labor experts and farm management specialists from around the state to discuss New York's new sexual harassment prevention laws. The training will help you understand what the new requirements are and how your farm business can meet them.

Beef Quality Assurance Training

July 30, 2019
6:00 pm
Cooperstown, NY

Beef Quality Assurance "BQA" Training

When: Tuesday, July 30th, at 6:00pm
Where: Rock Spring Farm - 490 Mill Road, Cooperstown NY 13326
Cost: $10 per farm
Registration: Deadline July 29, 2019

Twilight Meeting - Johne's Disease: What to Look for, Management Points for Control, Info on Testing

July 30, 2019
6pm-8pm
Preble, NY

Twilight Meeting
Johne's Disease: What to Look for, Management Points for Control, and Info on Testing

July 30, 2019 6pm-8pm
Preble Hill Dairy
6993 West Bennett Hollow Road, Preble, NY 13141

No cost to attend, but RSVPs are required. Light refreshments will be offered.
RSVP: Shannon Myers, srm242@cornell.edu or (607) 391-2662
Questions? Betsy Hicks, bjh246@cornell.edu or (607) 391-2673

Innovations in Organic Vegetable Production

July 31, 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

Hoof Trimming Workshop

July 31 - August 1, 2019
9:30am - 3:30pm
Stanley, NY

Hoof Trimming Workshop
This two-day hoof trimming workshop will be held on Wednesday, July 31 and Thursday, August 1.
Participants will learn the basic hoof trimming methods, along with hoof anatomy, nutrition & hoof horn health, lameness scoring, and knife sharpening and safety.  *Note: This workshop is designed to introduce participants to hoof trimming methods and factors affecting hoof health.  It is not intended to create proficient hoof trimmers in two days.*

August 2019

Agvocating for Dairy Farmers: "How To", Neighbor Relations, and Resources

August 1, 2019
10am - 3pm
Whitney Point, NY

Agvocating for Dairy Farmers:
Agvocating for Dairy Farmers:  "How To", Neighbor Relations, and Resources
August 1, 2019  10am-3pm

Whittaker Dairy Farm
4585 NY-26
Whitney Point, NY 13862

Come for the entire day or AM/PM Sessions and Lunch!
No cost, but RSVP required by July 25th

RSVP: Shannon Myers, srm242@cornell.edu or (607) 391-2662
Questions? Betsy Hicks, bjh246@cornell.edu or (607) 391-2673

Management Options and rootstock Varieties for Organic Apple Production

August 1, 2019
3pm - 7pm
Ithaca, NY

NOFA-NY Organic@Cornell Summer Field Day Series
Management Options and Rootstock Varieties for Organic Apple Production

Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019
Time: 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm (Dinner included) 
Location: Cornell Orchards, 709 Dryden Rd, Ithaca, NY 14850

Pasture Walk - Youngman Farms - Wolcott, NY - RSVP by July 31st

August 2, 2019
F 6:30pm -8:30pm - $10 per person, $15 per farm/family
Wolcott, NY

Pasture Walk - Youngman Farms - Wolcott, NY - RSVP by July 31st
Come and learn about rotational grazing at a beef operation. 

BQA at EFD

August 6, 2019
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Seneca Falls, NY

BQA at EFD
The goal of this national program is to maximize consumer confidence and acceptance of beef by focusing the producer's attention to daily production practices that influence the safety, wholesomeness, and quality of beef and beef products.

Soil Health for Dairy Farms Field Day

August 7, 2019
11-2pm
Madrid, NY

Rain or Shine!
RSVP by August 5th

Dairy Cattle Summer Research Update

August 12, 2019
7-9pm

Bovine Reproduction and AI Training Course

August 13 - August 14, 2019
9:30am - 3:30pm
Oakfield, NY

Bovine Reproduction and AI Training Course
This two-day AI workshop will be held on August 13 and 14.  

Topics covered will include:

• Reproductive Physiology
• Synchronization Protocols
• Heat Detection
• Artificial Insemination
• Proper Thawing of Semen
• Loading A.I. guns
• Practice Breeding Cows

Building Resilience into Organic Forage Production

August 14, 2019
10am - 2pm
Truxton, NY

NOFA-NY Organic@Cornell Summer Field Day Series
Building Resilience into Organic Forage Production

Cost: Free
Date: Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Time: 10:00 am to 2:00 pm (Lunch included)
Location: Twin Oaks Dairy, 3185 NY-13, Truxton, NY 13158

2019 Corn Silage Pre-Harvest Meeting ~ Sharon Springs

August 21, 2019
1-3:00 pm
Oxford, NY

With continued low milk prices, getting the biggest bang for your buck out of your home-grown corn silage can help you get improved performance from your herd while also lowering dependence on purchased feed. Plan to attend one of the following on-farm Corn Silage Pre-Harvest meetings to get up to speed on the latest research-backed strategies you can put to work on your dairy. 

Pasture Walk - Wild Geese Farm - Franklinville, NY

August 21, 2019
5:30pm - 8:30pm
Fanklinville, NY

Pasture Walk - Wild Geese Farm - Franklinville, NY
Topics to include: Tools for Managing Rotational Grazed Pasture, Weed ID and Management and Calculating Cost of Production. 

Pasture Walk - Wild Geese Farm - Franklinville, NY

August 21, 2019
5:30pm - 8:30pm
Fanklinville, NY

Pasture Walk - Wild Geese Farm - Franklinville, NY
Topics to include: Tools for Managing Rotational Grazed Pasture, Weed ID and Management and Calculating Cost of Production. 

2019 Corn Silage Pre-Harvest Meeting ~ Oxford

August 22, 2019
1-3:00 pm
Oxford, NY

With continued low milk prices, getting the biggest bang for your buck out of your home-grown corn silage can help you get improved performance from your herd while also lowering dependence on purchased feed. Plan to attend one of the following on-farm Corn Silage Pre-Harvest meetings to get up to speed on the latest research-backed strategies you can put to work on your dairy. 

2019 Corn Silage Pre-Harvest Meeting ~ Canastota

August 26, 2019
1-3:00 pm
Canastota, NY

With continued low milk prices, getting the biggest bang for your buck out of your home-grown corn silage can help you get improved performance from your herd while also lowering dependence on purchased feed. Plan to attend one of the following on-farm Corn Silage Pre-Harvest meetings to get up to speed on the latest research-backed strategies you can put to work on your dairy. 

Dairy Cattle Summer Research Update

August 27, 2019
7pm - 9pm
Randolph, NY

Dairy Cattle Summer Research Update
After the day's work is done....Come hear about two new research trials conducted by Julio Giordano's lab! Topics covering strategies for improving dairy cattle reproductive performance and economics & using automated sensors for improving dairy cattle health monitoring and management. 

2019 Corn Silage Pre-Harvest Meeting ~ Schuylerville

August 28, 2019
1-3:00 pm
Schuylerville, NY

With continued low milk prices, getting the biggest bang for your buck out of your home-grown corn silage can help you get improved performance from your herd while also lowering dependence on purchased feed. Plan to attend one of the following on-farm Corn Silage Pre-Harvest meetings to get up to speed on the latest research-backed strategies you can put to work on your dairy. 

Soil Health Field Day

August 29, 2019
9:30am - 2:00pm
Mount Morris, NY

Soil Health Field Day
Join us at Macauley Farms LLC in Mount Morris, NY for a day discussing soil health topics and field tours covering various topics such as cover crop mixtures, interseeder demonstration and more. 

September 2019

Corn Silage Harvest Strategy: One Chance to Get it Right

September 3, 2019
1-3pm
Lowville, NY

2019 Corn Silage Pre-Harvest Workshop - Albion NY

September 3, 2019
1:00pm - 3:00pm
Albion, NY

2019 Corn Silage Pre-Harvest Workshop - Albion NY
Corn silage harvest is drawing near. The way corn silage is harvested and stored is a single event that affects your operation for the entire next year. Are you prepared to set your operation up for success? 

2019 Corn Silage Pre-Harvest Workshop - Clifton Springs, NY

September 3, 2019
9:00am - 11:00am
Clifton Springs, NY

2019 Corn Silage Pre-Harvest Workshop - Clifton Springs, NY
Corn silage harvest is drawing near. The way corn silage is harvested and stored is a single event that affects your operation for the entire next year. Are you prepared to set your operation up for success? 

2019 Corn Silage Pre-Harvest Workshop - Bliss NY

September 4, 2019
10:00am to Noon
Bliss, NY

2019 Corn Silage Pre-Harvest Workshop - Bliss NY
Corn silage harvest is drawing near. The way corn silage is harvested and stored is a single event that affects your operation for the entire next year. Are you prepared to set your operation up for success? 

**CANCELLED**Beef Quality Assurance Training

September 5, 2019
6:00 pm
Cobleskill, NY

Beef Quality Assurance "BQA" Training-CANCELLED

Visit the Farm Day

September 14, 2019
10:30am - 2:30pm
Conewango Valley, NY

Visit the Farm Day
CCE-Chautauqua is looking for volunteers from the agricultural community for this well-attended event!

2019 Corn Silage Pre-Harvest Workshop - Penn Yan

September 17, 2019
10:00am to Noon
Penn Yan, NY

2019 Corn Silage Pre-Harvest Workshop - Penn Yan
Corn silage harvest is drawing near. The way corn silage is harvested and stored is a single event that affects your operation for the entire next year. Are you prepared to set your operation up for success? 

Sexual Harassment Prevention Discussion - Rushford

September 18, 2019
11am - 1pm
Rushford, NY

Sexual Harassment Prevention Discussion - Rushford

Cancelled due to low registrations (and excellent crop weather)!


NYS Sexual Harassment Prevention Regulations -
Are You in Compliance?
Attend any of our upcoming discussions to learn more about the rules and regulations affecting
employers (including farms) that go into effect on October 9th, 2019!

Introduction to Poultry

September 18, 2019
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Lowville, NY

Sexual Harassment Prevention Discussion - Randolph

September 19, 2019
11am - 1pm
Randolph, NY

Sexual Harassment Prevention Discussion - Randolph
NYS Sexual Harassment Prevention Regulations - Are You in Compliance?
Attend any of our upcoming discussions to learn more about the rules and regulations affecting
employers (including farms) that go into effect on October 9th, 2019!

Ontario County Fun on the Farm

September 21, 2019
11:00 am- 4:00 pm
Seneca Castle, NY

Ontario County Fun on the Farm
Fun on the Farm works to educate non-farm public and our neighbors about agriculture around them. It is fun and educational.

Fun on the Farm attracts thousands of people and gives us the opportunity to communicate to the community the benefits of the agricultural production in Ontario County, the state, and the nation.

The event is free! There are many agricultural products that are available to be sampled. It is the perfect place to try that product you have seen in the store but didn't want to commit to purchasing.

Food is available to purchase for lunch. It is provided by a local service group.

Sexual Harassment Prevention Discussion - Eden - Cancelled

September 24, 2019
11am - 1pm
Eden, NY

Sexual Harassment Prevention Discussion - Eden - Cancelled
Cancelled due to low registrations! 
NYS Sexual Harassment Prevention Regulations - Are You in Compliance?
Attend any of our upcoming discussions to learn more about the rules and regulations affecting
employers (including farms) that go into effect on October 9th, 2019!

Integrated Parasite Management for Goats and Sheep ~ Includes FAMACHA Training

September 24, 2019
12 noon-5:00pm
Ballston Spa, NY

Internal parasites are one of the largest health issues that affect sheep and goats across the country. A lot of producers are unaware how important it is to understand parasites in their flocks. 

Sexual Harassment "Train the Trainer" Evening ~ Cooperstown

September 24, 2019
6-8 pm
Cooperstown, NY

 Is your farm ready for the *NEW* NYS Sexual Harassment Law Requirements? 

Bovine Reproduction and AI Training Course

September 24 - September 25, 2019
9:30am - 3:30pm
Shortsville, NY

Bovine Reproduction and AI Training Course
**CLASS IS FULL**

This two-day AI workshop will be held on September 24 and 25. 

Topics covered will include:

• Reproductive Physiology
• Synchronization Protocols
• Heat Detection
• Artificial Insemination
• Proper Thawing of Semen
• Loading A.I. guns
• Practice Breeding Cows

Sexual Harassment Prevention Discussion - Bath

September 25, 2019
11am - 1pm
Bath, NY

Sexual Harassment Prevention Discussion - Bath
Cancelled due to low registrations! 
NYS Sexual Harassment Prevention Regulations - Are You in Compliance?
Attend any of our upcoming discussions to learn more about the rules and regulations affecting
employers (including farms) that go into effect on October 9th, 2019!

Evaluating Markets for Your Ag Business

September 25, 2019
12-3pm or 6-8pm
Watertown, NY

Sexual Harassment "Train the Trainer" Evening ~ Morrisville

September 26, 2019
6-8 pm
Morrisville, NY

 Is your farm ready for the *NEW* NYS Sexual Harassment Law Requirements? 

Sexual Harassment "Train the Trainer" Evening ~ Fonda

September 30, 2019
6-8 pm
Fonda, NY

 Is your farm ready for the *NEW* NYS Sexual Harassment Law Requirements? 


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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


South Central Dairy & Field Crop Team Welcomes Summer Intern, Carolyn Wright

The South Central Dairy and Field Crops team is pleased to welcome summer intern, Carolyn Wright, a Cornell student studying Agricultural Sciences with a focus on education.

Carolyn is working closely with the team's Farm Business Management Specialist, Mary Kate Wheeler, on a project examining the needs around managing the financial, legal, and human risks associated with the succession planning process specifically related to dairy farms. Her main focus is on conducting a needs assessment that encompasses the South Central team's six-county region. The needs assessment involves compiling data from existing sources, interviews with experts and past program participants, focus groups, and surveys that can be examined to provide an accurate picture of producers' needs surrounding specific components of succession planning, barriers they face along the way, and ways extension can more effectively meet those needs. The results of the needs assessment will be used to inform future grant application and program development decisions.

Carolyn is from a small farm in Franklinville, NY where her family milks 50 cows and operates an 8,000-tap maple operation. Wright's farm has been in the family for several generations and has seen many changes. Carolyn has enjoyed growing up and working with her family on the farm. She values how the experiences she has had developed her work ethic, taught her responsibility, but most of all, fueled her passion for agriculture and sharing it with others. 

Prior to attending Cornell, Carolyn earned an Associates Degree in Agricultural Business from Alfred State College. She plans on pursuing a Masters degree in teaching after graduating from Cornell in the spring of 2021, with future career goals of being part of the family farm and pursuing a job in agricultural education whether that be high school, extension, or something similar.


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 https://prodairy.cals.cornell.edu/dairy-acceleration/

New Paraquat Certified Applicator Training Available

Paraquat Certified Applicator Training to Prevent Poisonings Now Available | US EPA

https://www.epa.gov/pesticides/paraquat-certified-applicator-training-prevent-poisonings-now-available

www.epa.gov



HEMP GROWER'S EXCHANGE BOARD

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 http://www.nyhempexchange.org/

 *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!

http://www.nationaldairyfarm.com/drug-residue-manual


Follow us on Facebook

The team updates our facebook page frequently - follow us to be updated on our events, see some fun videos and get local area updates!

facebook.com/SCNYDairyandFieldCropsTeam


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. 

http://www.americanagriculturist.com/dairy/guiding-next-gen-dairy-graziers-win-win

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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