Pesticide Recertification Day, March 12, 2019

Pesticide Recertification Day will be held at The Century House in Latham, New York on March 12, 2019, from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. Registration will begin at 7:30 AM.

Pesticide Recertification Day is designed to assist pesticide applicators in attaining DEC pesticide credits needed to keep their licenses up to date. The following DEC credits have been applied for: 

  • CORE credits
  • Ornamentals & Turf categories 3A, 3B, 3C, 9 and 10
  • Agriculture Plant categories 1A, 1B, 4, 9, 10, 21, 22, 23 and 31
  • Structural & Rodent categories 7A, 7B, 7C, 8, 9, 10 and 23.

The fees are $100.00 per person to attend all day; morning or afternoon classes only will be $85.00 per person. Lunch is included in all fees.

Registration for Pesticide Recertification Day is mandatory so we can prepare certificates for attendees. We will not be able to take walk-ins for this event. Credits will not be awarded if a pesticide certification number is not provided in advance. It is also required that you present your pesticide license at the event.

Registration is available online at, or call 518-765-3518 or email for assistance with registration. For a downloadable, printable brochure for mail-in registration:

General Classes for CORE credit, presented in the morning session, will include New Study Results: Common Pesticide Residues in Rural Homes of New York State, presented by Dr. Jonathan Laquatra, Jr.; Assessing Pesticide Hazard and Risk: Glyphosate, A Case Study with Dan Wixted; and DEC Update, given by Mark Solan from NYSDEC Bureau of Pest Management.

In the afternoon, participants have a choice of three breakout sessions: Ornamentals and Turf, Agriculture Plant and Structural and Rodent, where they may gain additional pesticide credits in these specific categories.

During the Ornamentals and Turf breakout session, Margery Daughtrey and Lindsey Christianson will present Back to Basics: Recognizing Signs and Symptoms of Ornamental and Turf Plant Pests and Pathogens, Kyle Wickings will cover a diagnostics session of common pests, pathogens and other common problems in turf, including discussing common control tactics.

The Agriculture Plant breakout session features Aaron Gabriel of CAAHP speaking about Basic Biology of Fungi, Bacteria and Viruses and Laura McDermott of Cornell Cooperative Extension ENYHP discussing Fungicide Resistance Management. Katrin Ayer will present types of fungicides, modes of action and proper use of fungicides based on their modes of action.

The Structural and Rodent breakout session will include Dr. Joellen Lampman’s presentation, Keep Ticks Away! Research shows that the vast majority of people are exposed to ticks at home. This presentation will cover the different ticks in our area and their biology, the diseases they carry, and how to protect yourself and others from being bitten through tick and tick host management. Dr. Changlu Wang will present Understanding and Controlling the German Cockroach, covering cockroach behavior, spatial distribution, insecticide resistance, residents’ attitudes on cockroaches, effective control materials, and integrated pest management strategies. Then Alexander Kleinberger will present a Pest Exclusion Workshop.   Pest exclusion is stopping pests, such as vermin, from entering the indoor environment. Although exclusion is not a new technique, it is one often under-utilized by pest professionals, building maintenance staff, and homeowners who tend to rely on population reduction tactics. Exclusion should be the first defense in any integrated pest management program. 

5th Annual Hudson Valley Value-Added Grain School

The 5th Annual Hudson Valley Value-Added Grain School, which will meet on Friday, February 1, 2019 from 9 am to 4 pm, at the Pegasus Restaurant, 10885 Rte 9W, Coxsackie, NY. 

The school’s focus this year is on accessing and developing markets for value-added grains, with topics to include current grain market sectors and their quality requirements, developing direct markets to consumers, developing a grain-processing enterprise, distribution strategies, accessing capital, and marketing tools. 

An extended panel discussion in the morning will feature representatives from the milling, malting, distilling, and feed sectors.  Afternoon sessions will feature presentations by small- and larger-scale grain-processing enterprises. 

This meeting is sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) and the Organic Growers’ Research and Information-Sharing Network (OGRIN).  Register at by 5 pm January 29th for $40, or $60 thereafter (registration includes lunch).

Presenters include:

  • Mark Fischer who, with his wife Fran, produces stone-ground wheat and specialty flours (rye, spelt, emmer) and corn meals from grains purchased from local and regional farmers at a restored mill (est. 1730) in Doylestown, PA. Castle Valley Mill ( sells to bakeries and restaurants and to consumers through retail outlets and an on-line store.
  • Scott Morgan ( who grows and processes grain on his organic farm near Hillsborough, NJ, for direct sale to consumers. He currently produces raw rolled oats, wheat, einkorn, and barley and is experimenting with pulses.
  • Brad Estabrooke, of Breuckelen Distilling ( who has been making craft spirits “from scratch” using New York grown wheat, rye, corn, and barley since 2010.
  • Dennis and Jeanette Nesel, of Hudson Valley Malt (, an artisan craft malthouse in Germantown, NY, who are passionate about buying only local grains and malting them for local brewers and distillers.
  • Vince Bruno of Bruno Farms Custom Feeds (Hudson, NY), who since 1995 has grown and purchased local grains to make custom feeds for livestock owners in the region.
  • June Russell of GreenMarket/GrowNYC, an expert on value-added grain markets and an innovator in grain distribution.
  • Lauren Melodia of the Center for Agricultural Development and Entrepreneurship (CADE) who has developed a marketing toolkit for farmers for value-added products.
  • Elizabeth Dyck (OGRIN), an organic researcher specializing in the production, processing, and marketing of value-added grains.

The burgeoning local grain economy provides opportunities for many farmers, e.g., vegetable growers who can now profitably add grains in their rotations to reduce pests and improve yields and dairy farmers looking to diversify into new enterprises.  The 5th Annual Hudson Valley Value-Added Grain School will bring together farmers, entrepreneurs, grain buyers, and consumers to learn and network.

The NE SARE Research and Education grant project Farmer-generated training and equipment solutions for producing and processing value-added grains has helped to fund this event.

Growing Industrial Hemp – An Update and Growers’ Experiences

As of January 14, 2019, this event is full.

Cornell Cooperative Extension Albany County and the Capital Area Agriculture & Horticulture Program are pleased to present Growing Industrial Hemp – An Update and Growers’ Experiences on Thursday, January 17, 2019, from 6:30 pm to 9 pm at the CCE Albany office at 24 Martin Rd., Voorheesville, NY. Local industrial hemp growers will discuss their experiences with growing and marketing this new crop and what they have learned so far.

This meeting is open to anyone interested in industrial hemp.  Chris Logue, Director of Plant Industries, NYS Dept. of Ag & Markets will give a regulation update at the meeting.  Larry Smart, Cornell University, will give a hemp research update.  Growers from two local farms (Homestead Hemp and Stone House Farm) will give presentations.  Time will be given to answer questions and share experiences from other local growers

Industrial hemp is an interesting new crop because of its many applications.  Its stem can be used for fiber. The seed, rich in oil and protein, can be used for food. The flowers yield cannabidiol, known as CBD oil, which has wellness benefits. The FDA has approved the first medication with CBD oil as the active ingredient – an anti-seizure treatment for two rare types of epilepsy.

Developing any new crop can be challenging, but industrial hemp presents extra challenges.  Aside from regulations on the production of the crop itself, markets for industrial hemp are still being developed.  The crop itself is sticky – it is covered with hairs – which makes harvest difficult.  Special machinery or modified machinery is needed.  Much research is still required to determine which varieties best grow in our region and the cultural practices that are most successful.

Pre-registration for the meeting is required. The cost $10.00 per person and is due by January 15, 2019.  Please register by January 15, 2019 at: or contact 518-765-3518/email for assistance with registration.

For program questions, contact Aaron Gabriel,, 518-380-1496.

Notes for the Organic Reduced Tillage Field Day at Willsboro, July 31, 2018

Here are my notes from the July 31st Organic Reduced Tillage Field Day at the Cornell Willsboro farm.  Some good information about crimping rye, cultivation, and machinery.

Click here for my notes: Notes of Organic Reduced-Tillage Field Day, Willsboro-13tlkwc

Click here for the packet of printed resource materials (or paste the address into your browser):|soil_health

Upcoming Event – Managing Pasture and Forage Quality to Meet the Nutritional Needs of Meat and Fiber Livestock

Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Mack Brook Farm, 312 McEachron Hill Road, Argyle, New York
1:00 to 4:00 PM
Admission is free but registration is requested.

Register online:
Register by phone: (518)765-3518
Register by email:

Topics Covered
• Legume & grass ID and their particular forage qualities
• Forage quality changes through the season
• Nutritional needs for livestock at different stages of life
• Livestock fly control
• Match hay bales to their forage analysis
• Take a fresh pasture sample
• Use a hay coring tool to take a hay or baleage sample

• Aaron Gabriel: Agronomist CAAHP,
• Hank Bignell: Livestock Educator CAAHP,
• Ken Wise: Cornell Field Crop IPM Specialist
• Farm Host: Kevin Jablonski & Karen Christensen

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-13cmc4k

Two more thorough spreadsheets are from Cornell’s Nutrient Management Spear Program: “Crop Available Nutrients from Manure” and “Value of Manure Calculator” at 

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:

Farm software found by one search on Capterra,

Website for finding all types of software:

2014 Purdue Women in Ag Conference, Useful Apps:

Apps for Ag:

Cornell’s crop nutrient management software, Cropware Classic is free (

University of Vermont nutrient management crop software, “goCrops” – ($250)

CropRecprds” Free Apps.  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:  info on many apps

CropCents, Penn State,

Granular Farm Management    Comprehensive software, prefer >2000 acres, data entry from mobile app & sensors

Ag Squared,  for small diversified vegetable operations.

Field Tracker Pro (Canada) starts at $250 for 40 fields, no yields or cost of production.

Farm at Hand, good for crop rotation & input planning and sharing info with your crop consultant. No cost of production analysis.

Farm Logs, comprehensive mid-west software.  Crop planning, profitability, market. Smartphone sends in data. .  $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.

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.

eFarmer – But no cost of production??  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.

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 ( , $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 ( ) – 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.