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September 22, 2014
by Jennifer Thomas-Murphy
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To make it easier to find posts, events, or stories specific to a region or county, each regional/county post will be tagged so that you may select just that region/county under the categories list (beginning with posts from August 1st, 2014 or later).

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January 15, 2015
by Jennifer Thomas-Murphy
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Cutting Edge Technologies on Agenda for February 2015 North Country Crop Congress in Chazy, Lowville

Chazy, NY; Lowville, NY   Use of unmanned aerial vehicles/UAV and normalized difference vegetation index/NDVI imaging systems are on the agenda of the 2015 North Country Crop Congresses: Tuesday, February 17, at W.H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute, Chazy, NY, and Wednesday, February 18, at Ridgeview Hotel, Lowville, NY.

Cornell Nutrient Management Spear Program Director Dr. Quirine Ketterings will share her experience and latest results from a project using NDVI sensors for on-the-go nitrogen application in corn.  She will also present findings from 2 years of her corn yield potential research studies.

Dr. Elson Shields, Professor of Entomology at Cornell University and a licensed pilot, will moderate a panel of North Country crop consultants and agribusiness leaders in a question-and-answer session about using UAV in crop production and how they may be used in Northern NY agriculture.

Dr. Shields will also discuss recent developments regarding corn insect traits and the importance of insect resistance management to preserve the effectiveness of these technologies. He will also present information about using entomopathogenic nematodes for the biological control of the alfalfa snout beetle.

The 10am-3pm Crop Congress educational program agenda includes Dr. Russ Hahn, a Cornell Crop and Soil Sciences professor, with  an update on current technologies under development for weed control in corn and soybeans as well as management of herbicide-resistant weeds for 2015.

NYSDEC and CCA credits for this program are pending approval. You must arrive on time and stay for the entire program to receive these credits.  Agribusiness vendors are invited to participate in a tradeshow at both locations.  Farm Service and Risk Management Agencies will provide brief program updates during the lunch break.

This year there is a registration fee at both the Chazy and Lowville Congresses.  Registration fees are $20 per person if pre-registered by February 11, or $25 at the door. Lunch and educational materials are included in each registration. Anyone who needs DEC credits to retain a pesticide certification license should pre-register to ensure proper certification forms are prepared.

To register for the Chazy location, call the Clinton County CCE office at 518-561-7450 or visit their website at http://blogs.cornell.edu/cceclintoncounty/ to register online.

To register for the Lowville location, call the Lewis County CCE office at 315-376-5270 or visit their website at http://blogs.cornell.edu/ccelewis/ to register online.

Paypal, cash or check registration payments will be accepted at both locations.  Credit card payments can also be accepted by Clinton County CCE.

The North Country Crop Congresses are sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence, Franklin, Clinton and Essex counties as well as the W.H. Miner Institute.  If you have any special needs to attend either Crop Congress, please call the appropriate Cornell Cooperative Extension office to request accommodation.

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January 15, 2015
by Jennifer Thomas-Murphy
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North Country Farmers Invited to NNY Agricultural Development Program Annual Meetings January 30 and February 27

Press Release: January 14, 2015
Contacts: NNYADP Co-Chairs, Jon Greenwood, 315-323-4814; Joe Giroux, 518-563-7523; Program Coordinator Margaret Smith, Cornell University, 607-255-1654
Publicist Kara Lynn Dunn, 315-465-7578, karalynn@gisco.net
Link to release: http://www.nnyagdev.org/index.php/2015/01/14/farmers-invited-nnyadp-annual-meetings-130-227/

North Country Farmers Invited to NNY Agricultural Development Program Annual Meetings January 30 and February 27

The Northern New York Agricultural Development Program is inviting North Country farmers to hear the results of its latest projects as part of its annual meetings on Friday, January 30 in Watertown and February 27 in Chazy.

The research reports sessions begin at 1pm at the Ramada Inn in Watertown and at 1pm at Miner Institute in Chazy. Registration is not required to attend.

The Northern New York Agricultural Development Program is a farmer-driven research and technical assistance program serving all sectors of the agricultural industry, from dairy and crops to livestock, maple and horticultural production, in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties.

‘The Northern New York Agricultural Development Program is noted for producing real-world, practical results, and the 2014 project reports live up to that expectation,’ says Program Co-Chair Jon Greenwood, a dairy producer in St. Lawrence County.

‘Northern New York Agricultural Development Program small grants connect North Country farmers with faculty, researchers, and specialists with Cornell University, Cornell Cooperative Extension, the State University of New York, W.H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute, and other expertise to address critical needs and emerging opportunities,’ says NNYADP Co-Chair Joe Giroux, a Clinton County dairyman.

Reports at the meetings will cover:
.  emerging corn and soybean diseases
.  the identification of mastitis-causing pathogens
.  corn grain variety trials under Northern New York growing conditions
.  evaluating alfalfa-grass mixes for dairy and livestock forage
.  production practices for the Juneberry superfruit
. health management for sheep and goats, and
.  how the inexpensive biocontrol developed with long-term NNYADP funding to beat back the highly-destructive alfalfa snout beetle now holds promise for helping fruit and vegetable growers statewide.

One of the acclaimed Northern New York Agricultural Development Program successes came through long-term funding that provided the time needed for Cornell University researchers to develop an inexpensive, biocontrol treatment that is now substantially reducing the impact of the highly-destructive alfalfa snout beetle. The concept of using native nematodes that destroy the larvae of the beetle is now being applied in trials to reduce other types of pests in strawberry crops in Northern New York, in apple and grape crops elsewhere in the state, and at the Battle Island Golf Course in Fulton, NY.

As time allows, the meeting may also make note of recent NNYADP projects focused on winter forage crops production for the dairy and livestock industries; enhancing agricultural environmental stewardship through tile drainage, nutrient recycling, and on-farm water quality; adapting to climate change; enhancing market opportunities for North Country beef producers; and season extension for fruit and vegetable growers.

Complete research reports are posted on the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program website at www.nnyagdev.org. For more details on the annual meetings, call 315-376-5270.

According to the 2012 Census of Agriculture, 4,365 farms manage more than 1.1 million acres of farmland with a hired labor payroll of more than $67.2 million. Those numbers represent a gain of 97 farms, 64,487 acres, and $15 million in payroll since the 2007 Census.

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November 14, 2014
by Jennifer Thomas-Murphy
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Field Crop Dealer Meeting Recap

Over 65 growers, dealers, and CCE field crop educators attended the 2014 Field Crop Dealer Meeting held at the Holiday Inn Liverpool on November 12th.   The group learned about the latest research and trial data including herbicide resistant superweeds and facts and myths about GMOs with a highlight of Russ Hahn being presented with the 2014 Industry Impact Award by the New York State Agribusiness Association.  The full agenda included:

  • Western Bean Cutworm in NY: Update on Status and Implications of a new corn and dry bean pest – Keith Waldron
  • New Developments in Field Crop Disease Detection and Management – Gary Bergstrom
  • Alfalfa Fields Revisited; Soil pH, sulfur and cation exchange capacity- Quirine Ketterings
  • Neonics in groundwater, bee decline and BT-CRW resistance: The double whammy for corn production – Elson Shields
  • What’s the Status of Technologies Being Developed for Herbicide Resistance Management? - Russ Hahn
  • Who put those genes in my food?? Facts and myths about genetically engineered crops – Margaret Smith

The abstract booklet for the meeting is available as PDF, and videos from each presentation will be available in the next couple of weeks on the Cornell Field Crops Vimeo page.

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October 24, 2014
by Jennifer Thomas-Murphy
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NY Corn and Soybean Growers Association Seeking Future Leaders to Attend the ASA Leadership College

The New York Soybean Checkoff is sponsoring two New York soybean growers to attend the Annual American Soybean Association Leadership College. Please contact Julia Robbins by Dec. 1 if you are interested in participating. The NY Soybean Checkoff will pay for travel costs. Julia: 315-583-5296, juliacrobbins@gmail.com. If more than two people are interested in representing New York, the NYCSGA board will choose two growers to attend.

For more information about the 2015 Soybean Leadership College click here http://soygrowers.com/learn/soybean-leadership-college/.

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October 23, 2014
by Jennifer Thomas-Murphy
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Newest Weather Outlooks – October 23, 2014

From Jessica Spaccio, NOAA Northeast Regional Climate Center, Cornell University

November: above normal temperatures; no indication for precipitation
Nov/Dec/Jan: above normal temperatures; above normal precipitation for far southeast NY only

A reminder that these outlooks, as well as drought info, can be found here:
http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/

And the winter outlook (Dec/Jan/Feb) has also been released:
http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/stories2014/20141016_winteroutlook.html

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October 17, 2014
by Jennifer Thomas-Murphy
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New York State Weekly Weather Outlook – October 16, 2014

From Jessica Spaccio, NOAA Northeast Regional Climate Center, Cornell University

GDD_Oct15Last week temperatures ranged within 2 degrees of normal. Precipitation ranged from 1/10 of an inch to one inch.  Base 50 growing degree-days were less than 30 for most of the state.

Cloudy, cloudy, cloudy.

Today will be cloudy with showers off-and-on in eastern and central NY while rain is continuing for eastern and northern NY (1-2” possible in these areas with isolated thunderstorms) and highs in the mid 60’s to low 70’s.  Lows will be in the upper 40’s to mid 50’s.

Friday will be another cloudy day, only slight chance of showers for most areas with highs in the 60’s and lows in the 40’s.

Saturday highs will be in the mid 50’s to mid 60’s with scattered showers as a cold front moves across the state. Overnight temperatures will be in the mid 30’s to low 40’s.

Sunday there will be a possibility of showers with temperatures much cooler in the mid 40’s to low 50’s.  Overnight temperatures will be in the 30’s with frost and freezes possible.

Monday will be mostly cloudy with highs in the 50’s.  Overnight temperatures will be throughout the 30’s.

Tuesday will be mostly cloudy with highs in the low to mid 50’s.  Lows will be in the 30’s.

Wednesday’s highs will be in the upper 40’s to mid 50’s.  Lows will be in the 30’s.

The five-day precipitation amounts will range from 1/10 ” to around 1”.

The 8-14 day outlook (Oct 23-29) is showing above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation most of the state.

The abnormally dry area covering the Catskills and southern Hudson Valley has persisted and expanded north and west with a smaller area of moderate drought around Ulster and Orange counties.

Maps of 8-14 day outlooks:
http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/predictions/814day/index.php

National Weather Service watch/warnings map:
http://www.erh.noaa.gov/er/hq/

NRCC Drought Page which features the US Drought Monitor map (updated every Thursday):
http://www.nrcc.cornell.edu/page_drought.html

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October 9, 2014
by Jennifer Thomas-Murphy
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New York State Weekly Weather Outlook – October 9, 2014

From Jessica Spaccio, NOAA Northeast Regional Climate Center, Cornell University

GDD_Oct8Last week temperatures ranged from normal to 6 degrees above normal. Precipitation ranged from a ¼ inch to 2 inches.  Base 50 growing degree-days ranged from 20 to 70.

Areas east of Lakes Erie and Ontario may see scattered lake effect rain showers today and tonight.  Otherwise it will be dry with cooler than normal temperatures through Sunday for most of the state. Low pressure will bring scattered showers Friday night into Saturday morning to southeast NY areas.  Possible areas of freeze Saturday night. Another chance for rain late Sunday into Monday.  Monday and Tuesday will have above normal temperatures, with a chance of rain late Tuesday and cooler weather following.

The five-day precipitation amounts will range from 1/10” to  ½”.

The 8-14 day outlook (Oct 16-22) is showing above normal temperatures for all of the state and above normal precipitation for all but southeast NY.

The abnormally dry area is persisting in southeast NY with a formation of Moderate Drought in and surrounding Ulster and Orange counties.

Maps of 8-14 day outlooks:
http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/predictions/814day/index.php

National Weather Service watch/warnings map:
http://www.erh.noaa.gov/er/hq/

NRCC Drought Page which features the US Drought Monitor map (updated every Thursday):
http://www.nrcc.cornell.edu/page_drought.html

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