Manure Value & Nutrient Calculators

Calculate the pounds of nutrients and dollar value of the manure being spread.  For accuracy, you need a manure analysis, and the current fertilizer price/ton.   As of April 2018, prices are around: nitrogen ($0.49/lb), phosphate ($0.44/lb), and potash ($0.36/lb).

A very simple spreadsheet (manure value per ton or 1000 gal) is at Manure Value Calculator-13cd76u

Two more thorough spreadsheets are from Cornell’s Nutrient Management Spear Program: “Crop Available Nutrients from Manure” and “Value of Manure Calculator” at  http://nmsp.cals.cornell.edu/software/calculators.html 

Upcoming Event – Agricultural Issues Facing Assessors

On June 5 and 6, 2018 a two-day training for “Agricultural Issues Facing Assessors” will take place at the Cornell Cooperative Extension Albany Office at 24 Martin Road, Voorheesville, NY from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM each day. Providing 12 continuing education credits, this training will feature speakers with years of hands-on experience, who are prepared to discuss a wide range of issues and answer specific questions.
This is a great opportunity to receive industry specific training which will help you handle the many questions facing assessors each year. Ag Valuation, Lost Capital, Ag Value Assessment and a look at the New York State Ag industry are all part of the agenda. A total of 12 continuing education credits have been awarded.
To accommodate attendees from outside the area, we have made arrangements with Spring Hill Suites, just off Wolf Road in Albany for a conference rate of $129/night on hotel rooms. The highly rated hotel is close to Colonie Center and other activities. They offer free breakfast and lots of other amenities. They also can process payment with P.O. forms if you speak with Maya Soler. Block price is available until 5/22/18. Please use this link if you want to make a reservation: https://bit.ly/2GZ9eXP. The hotel main phone number is 518-724-7999.
Cost: $240/person, includes handouts, lunches and breaks.
Register online at https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/CCE_Assessors_School2018_201, call (518)765-3518 or email cce-caahp@cornell.edu for information or assistance in registering.

Adult Tractor Operation Workshop

Have you recently purchased a utility or farm tractor?  Would you like to know more about operating and maintaining this investment you made?   A workshop for adults who wish to learn or improve their farm machinery skills, enabling you to better operate and maintain farm equipment, is coming up on Saturday, April 21, 2018.

This hands-on workshop will be held at Hudson River Tractor, 2173 New York 203, Chatham, NY 12037.  The workshop begins at 9:00 A.M. and concludes at 2:00 P.M, and is co-hosted by the Capital Area Agricultural and Horticultural Program, Cornell Cooperative Extension Albany County and Hudson River Tractor.

The cost of the workshop is $5.00 in advance or $10.00 on the day of the event.   The registration fee covers light refreshments and printed materials.

Pre-registration is requested. You can register online at https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/Adult_Tract_Oper_201.   You may also register over the phone by calling (518)765-3518.    For more information about the workshop, please feel free to email Steve Hadcock at seh11@cornell.edu.

Crop Software

Here are my notes from searching for crop management software online.  There is a lot of software available.  Only a few apps / programs are free.  For most, you need some computer experience to figure it out (but you have to start somewhere).  Many require an internet connection in the field.

I am working on a crop management app/program that will be simple for farmers with no computer experience, calculate cost of production, not require an internet connection in the field, and hopefully be free.  It will not have nutrient management capabilities, but will be compatible with Cornell Cropware to provide that function.  This project will probably take all of 2018 to complete.  Stay tuned.

Download it here: Crop Software-qal9ft

Farm Software

Farm Software:  http://www.capterra.com/farm-management-software/

Farm software found by one search on Capterra, http://www.capterra.com/farm-management-software/spotlight/147234/Agroptima/Agroptima

Website for finding all types of software: http://www.capterra.com/

2014 Purdue Women in Ag Conference, Useful Apps: https://ag.purdue.edu/extension/WIA/Documents/AP%20iPad%20Apps%20Current.pdf

Apps for Ag: http://aged.illinois.edu/sites/aged.illinois.edu/files/resources/Apps-for-Ag-Revised.pdf

Cornell’s crop nutrient management software, Cropware Classic is free (http://farminfotech.com/cropware.htm)

University of Vermont nutrient management crop software, “goCrops” – http://gocrop.com/ ($250)

CropRecprds” Free Apps. https://www.croprecordsinfo.com/.  Do not need an internet connection in the field.  Sync phone & computer when you have an internet connection.  Looks good.  Cost of production probably not calculated.  Record field data and activities.

Farming With Apps: http://www.farmingwithapps.com/  info on many apps

CropCents, Penn State, https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cropcents/id805675023?mt=8

Granular Farm Managementhttps://www.granular.ag/farm-management/    Comprehensive software, prefer >2000 acres, data entry from mobile app & sensors

Ag Squared, http://www.agsquared.com/  for small diversified vegetable operations.

Field Tracker Pro (Canada) starts at $250 for 40 fields, no yields or cost of production.  http://www.farm-apps.com/

Farm at Hand, good for crop rotation & input planning and sharing info with your crop consultant. No cost of production analysis.  https://www.farmathand.com/

Farm Logs, comprehensive mid-west software.  Crop planning, profitability, market. Smartphone sends in data. https://farmlogs.com/products/standard/ .  $0 to $100/month depending on the features you choose.

Fields and Crops Management (DairyOne), good software, data sent to DairyOne via computer or internet connection.  Must have internet in the field. $200 sign-up, then ~$400 annually. http://dairyone.com/agricultural-management-resources/crop-management-software/

CropTrak Mobile – flexible map centric scouting, sampling, and field data app for any crop type, works disconnected, in multiple languages, and connects to iCropTrak Cloud. $1200. https://icroptrak.com/

eFarmer – But no cost of production?? https://icroptrak.com/  Cloud-based app & software.  GPS field/machine guidance, field mapping, record-keeping.  European.

HarvestYield – for custom machinery operators to track their jobs. iOS (Apple) platform.  https://www.harvestyield.com/

Farm at Hand – developed by farmers. Canadian Cloud-based. Does not calculate cost of production.

FieldX (parent company is AgRenaissance Software LLC), same as FieldRecon (http://www.fieldrecon.com)  http://fieldx.com/ , $250/yr, field prescritions $0.55/ac. Developed for ag consultants.  Georgia Assoc of Professional Agricultural Consultants.  Calculates cost of inputs, but not cost of production.

FarmOS (http://farmos.org/ ) – open source software that can be further developed.  As of 1/2018 it does not calculate cost of production.  It is designed to keep track of the many varied activities in a farm operation.

Basic Poultry Management

Two class sessions:

March 22, 2018 at 7:00 PM, CCE Albany, 24 Martin Road, Voorheesville, NY 12186

March 27, 2018 at 7:00 PM, CCE Rensselaer, 61 State Street, Troy, NY 12180

Admission for both sessions is free, but pre-registration is requested.

Are you interested in raising chickens for eggs or meat production? Join us to learn more about basic poultry information to help you get started.

Topics will include: breeds, animal handling, housing, feed requirements and health management.

To register online:

CCE Albany class: https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/basic_poultry_mgt_Albany_201

CCE Rensselaer class: https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/basic_poultry_mgt_Renss_201

Register by phone: (518)765-3518, by email cce-caahp@cornell.edu

Registration is encouraged, walk-ins welcome.

Hay Is For Horses: But What Kind?

March 27, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Cost: $15 per person. Pre-registration is required.
Register online at http://bit.ly/2BEfDYs or
contact (518)765-3518/cce-caahp@cornell.edu for assistance. Program questions to Aaron Gabriel, adg12@cornell.edu,
518-380-1496.
Whether you buy hay or produce hay, you need to understand forage quality and horse nutrient requirements. Not all horses are the same, neither is all hay. Come learn what is needed for horse hay beyond “green and dust free”.
Topics will include:
• Hay assumptions & myths • Forage requirements for horses • “Special needs” horses: EMS, PSSM, PPID • Hay nutrient content: Fiber and sugars • Understanding a forage analysis • Managing hay for desired hay quality • Test your hay judging skills

Pork Cutting For Profitability, March 8, 2018

March 8, 2018, Pork Cutting For Profitability

24 Martin Road, Voorheesville, NY 12186

7:00-9:00pm

$10 Adults, Free for 4-H Youth

To register: https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/pork_cutting_201 or contact Tove Ford at 518-765-3518 or cce-caahp@cornell.edu.

Registration deadline is March 6, 2018.

Join Cornell Cooperative Extension and butcher Emily Peterson to learn how to process a pig to make maximum profit. Through years of custom butchery, retail, and catering experience, Emily has a great handle on how to cut and market your animals to generate the highest profit.

Internal Parasites in Sheep & Goats, FAMACHA Certification Workshop

March 24, 2018, Internal Parasites in Sheep & Goats, FAMACHA Certification Workshop
CCE of Columbia and Greene Counties, 479 Route 66, Hudson, NY 12534
Cost: $20 per farm or family for supplies plus $10 for each person (includes pizza lunch).

Pre-Registration Required – Spaces are Limited!
Register online (you can also pay via PayPal from this link): https://reg.cce.cornell.edu/SheepFAMACHA_210, or call CCE of Columbia and Greene Counties at 518-828-3346 Ext. 209.

Internal parasites (gastro-intestinal worms) are the number one health problem affecting sheep and goats in much of the United States. This workshop is designed to help producers develop integrated parasite management (IPM) programs for their farms. In addition to teaching the basics of internal parasite control, the workshop will provide hands-on training in using the FAMACHA Anemia Guide (good only for the barber pole worm), and health exams to determine the need for de-worming. Participants will receive a laminated FAMACHA Guide and other resources to assist with goat and sheep parasite control in the Northeast.

You are encouraged to bring a refrigerated fecal sample of 8 to 10 fecal pellets in a baggie from one sheep or goat at your farm to the workshop.

This workshop will be led by Dr. Tatiana Stanton, Small Ruminant Extension Specialist, Cornell University and assisted by Hank Bignell, Livestock Specialist, CCE Capital Area Agriculture and Horticulture Program

Recipe For Success, March 20, 2018

9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Cost: $70 per person.
Register online: http://bit.ly/2AX5x55.
Are you wondering if you’re ready to bring your recipe to market? Do you have a special recipe everyone tells you should bottle and sell? If you are considering launching a specialty food business, this workshop is for you!
Food manufacturers, small-scale processors of specialty foods, and farmers interested in value added processing or anyone interested in starting a small-scale food manufacturing business should attend these upcoming workshops.