‘How to Get a NYS Pesticide License’

Hi everyone,

Short notice – I’ve pulled together Mike Hunter and Cameron Bishop from the DEC to help me offer a crash course in ‘How to Get a NYS Pesticide License’ for this Friday, April 27th at the Madrid Community Building from 12:30 to 2:30. We’ve designed this to help prepare those of you thinking about getting a pesticide applicator certification in NYS. At the course, we’ll have a few brief educational presentations and Cameron will answer procedural questions for both private and commercial license applications. He’ll also accept applications to take an upcoming exam. Upcoming exams are:

May 2 in Utica (must already be registered, 10-day advance required)
May 8 in Potsdam
May 31 in Watertown
June 5 in Ray Brook
June 6 in Utica
June 28 in Watertown

Friday’s ‘how to’ course will be free. Course location is the Madrid Community Building (south side of 345 in Madrid just east of the bridge). I will bring coffee and donuts, but if you need lunch on the way, sandwiches and snacks are available at the Main Street Market, Anastasia’s Bakery and the Hometown Café in Madrid.

Please let me know, kitty.oneil@cornell.edu, if you can make it and how many plan to attend.

NYS DEC Pesticide Certification Exam Registration Instructions.

Kitty O’Neil, PhD, CCA
Field Crops & Soils Specialist and Team Leader
Cornell University Cooperative Extension
North Country Regional Ag Team
Climate Smart Farming Team
Mobile 315 854 1218
Email kitty.oneil@cornell.edu

Pasture & Farm Walk

Garry Wilson Beef

May 17, 2018

6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Join us as we walk Garry Wilson’s rented pastures where he grazes stocker cattle and discuss improvements. Nancy Glazier, Small Farm Specialist for Cornell Cooperative Extension’s NWNY Team will lead discussion at 8962 Transit Rd, Stafford (approx. address) Thursday, May 17 starting at 6:30 pm. Garry will begin the discussion his objectives for the summer grazing season in regards to improvements, rotating the cattle through the pastures, and supplemental feed at the old railroad right of way. He has some ideas, but is open to suggestions. We will end the evening at Garry’s home farm at 9420 Warsaw Rd., LeRoy for further discussion and refreshments.

Registration is required by May 15 for planning purposes. The cost for the event is $10 per person. To register contact Cathy Wallace at 585-343-3040 x138 or cfw6@cornell.edu.


BQA – Because we’re in this together!

It has never been more important for all those caring for cattle to be certified and participate in the Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) program. There are no excuses that hold water when it comes to answering consumers questions whether our product is safe and our animals are well cared for. When discussions of the safety and wholesomeness of beef arise (and they do every day), it is reassuring to those observing the debate that beef and dairy producers are adopting management practices outlined in the BQA program. It could be described as an insurance policy for the industry that demonstrates the commitment of producers to a quality, safe, and humanely raised product. As critics of our industry and livelihood continue to become more vocal, we need to respond with a strong BQA program embraced by our industry farmers, workers, and veterinarians.

For a complete list of upcoming training workshops go to BQA_Spring_2018.

Feeder Auction Report

Finger Lakes Livestock Exchange Special Feeder Sale – Canandaigua, NY
Feeder Cattle Weighted Average Report for April 21, 2018

*** Next Feeder Special will be May 5, 2018 @ 10:00am ***

Today Last Sale Year Ago
Receipts: 862 1023 962

Compared to the last sale, Number 1 Feeder steers sold 5.00 lower. Feeder Holsteins sold steady. Number 1 Feeder heifers 400-600 lbs sold 5.00 higher, 600 lb sold 4.00 lower. Number 1 Feeder bulls sold steady. Cattle supply heavy. Demand moderate. Feeder cattle supply consisted of 36 percent steers, 6 percent Holsteins, 44 percent heifers, 14 percent bulls, with 46 percent weighing over 600 lbs. Cattle supply consisted of 344 steers, 365 heifers, and 126 bulls.
All prices per cwt.

Full report FLLE_4-21-18.

For more NYS reports go to https://www.ams.usda.gov/market-news/livestock-poultry-and-grain-list-reports.

Funded by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets project “Stocker cattle: Using underutilized grasslands to improve economic viability of the Southern Tier while providing viable careers for beginning farmers.”


Where’s the beef market going?

Once again, the Daily Livestock Report www.dailylivestockreport.com., from the CME group gives some insight into supply which will affect prices for finished and ultimately feeder cattle.

• Total slaughter. When we adjust for one less slaughter day during March, US cattle slaughter was up 2.1%, compared to last year.

• Steers. For the first quarter the number of steers coming to market was 1% lower, in part because feedlots placed relatively light calves on feed last fall limiting supply availability.

• Heifers. On the other hand, the number of heifers coming to market during Q1 continued to increase, up 4.4%. Heifer retention slowed down last year as cow-calf producers saw a sharp decline in profitability. In addition drought in the Southern Plains and more limited feed availability also may have caused producers to reduce the number of heifers held back for herd rebuilding. Drought conditions remain a key wild card for the cattle market this summer, impacting the flow of female calves and ultimately the supply of beef at the end of this year.

• Cows. Federally Inspected cow slaughter in Q1 was 7.8% higher than a year ago. Beef cow slaughter for the quarter was 5.6% higher while dairy cow slaughter was 10.5% higher than a year ago.

Multi-Species Regenerative Grazing Workshop- Tompkins County, May 5

Livestock are a powerful tool for land management: they can destroy landscapes or build soil organic matter, diversity, and productive capacity. The only difference is how they are managed. Through a combination of presentation, discussion, and hands-on participation, attendees of this 4-hr workshop will learn:
• About the four ecosystem processes affecting any landscape
• Basics tenets of management-intensive grazing (MIG) – why do it and what’s involved
• Several options for fencing, shelter, and water infrastructure for grazing livestock
• Considerations involved in grazing sheep and cows together
• Considerations for incorporating grazing animals into a diverse orchard

Hands-on activities may include moving fence and/or conducting biological monitoring to observe and measure ecosystem functioning.

Workshop Fee: $25 – $40 sliding scale. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Register here: https://secure.lglforms.com/form_engine/s/lUNazmMCcHP0xeRSpDC4sQ

Erica Frenay is owner/operator of Shelterbelt Farm, which she has grown from a homestead to a farm scale over the past 8 years (with huge amounts of help from friends and family members). Her background in permaculture, regenerative agriculture, and Holistic Management has informed the way Shelterbelt is both laid out and run. Erica managed Dilmun Hill, the student farm at Cornell, in 1998, and has had a farm in her life ever since. She is an instructor for several Holistic Management courses and has also worked for the Cornell Small Farms Program for 13 years, as co-founder of the Northeast Beginning Farmer Project and manager of online courses for farmers. Her primary farm passion is building soil health as the foundation of all health.


Repairing winter damaged pastures

The NWNY Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Team posted to their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pg/NWNYTeam/posts/?ref=page_internal) a video on renovating damaged pastures from Ohio State University. Take a look.

“As spring is upon us, pastures and paddocks that served as cattle feeding areas this winter are a sea of trampled and pugged up mud throughout Ohio. As much of the state has been experiencing even more precipitation over the past week, OSU Extension Beef Coordinator John Grimes visited with Wayne County’s OSU Extension Educator Rory Lewandowski about the considerations for restoring these damaged areas to productive forage as soon as soil conditions permit.”


Meat industry: Wake up and smell the coffee

By Rita Jane Gabbett on 4/18/2018, MeatingPlace.com

SAN ANTONIO — A farmer in Africa today with a cell phone has more data with which to make decisions than President Bill Clinton had access to when he was in office. A 3D printer has built a home and Australian chefs and scientists have collaborated to create 3D meat. Food service robots are flipping hamburgers in Pasadena, Calif.

This is just a sampling of the long list of technological changes affecting the meat industry that global futurist Jack Uldrich shared with attendees at the North American Meat Institute’s Meat Industry Summit here.

Entire article: MeatingPlace_Future.