Reminder: Adapt-N Training Webinar March 21, 2013 – Registration Now Open!

Registration has begun for the Cornell Adapt-N Intensive Workshop by Webinar: Precision Nitrogen Management in Corn Using the Adapt-N Tool

  • The webinar will take place on Thursday, March 21, 2012
  • 10:30 am – 3:00pm Eastern Time; 9:30am 2:00 pm, Central Time
  • Broadcast to Multiple Host Locations in the Northeast and Midwest
  • Please use our online form to register by March 20th (4pm), or earlier for some locations. Some locations accept walk-ins. Viewing from your personal/office computer is also possible.
  • A program overview is provided below, and further program, location, and registration details are available here:

Program overview:

Weather-adjusted N recommendations provided by Adapt-N in 2011 and 2012 strip trials increased profits over current grower practice (~ $25/acre in New York and Iowa) and decreased N use and losses.

We will provide a half-day advanced and interactive workshop on Precision Nitrogen Management using the Adapt-N tool. A brief discussion of the basics will review N dynamics, concerns, and management tools in corn systems, and how weather, especially spring rainfall, impacts corn N management in humid regions.

We will then take an in-depth look at Adapt-N, the web-based tool that is successfully providing weather-adaptive N fertilizer recommendations. The tool uses a dynamic simulation model, high-resolution climate data and location-specific inputs by users through a web interface, which will continue to be available at no charge during the 2013 growing season, thanks to continued funding.

  • Learn how the tool works, how it fared in dozens of on-farm trials in 2011 and 2012
  • Get hands-on experience using the tool
  • Test the 2013 version of Adapt-N and share your feedback with the development team
  • 3.5 CCA credits in Nutrient Management will be offered

The webinar and the current Adapt-N interface are provided FREE of charge, supported through funds from a USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Conservation Innovation Grant, USDA-NIFA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative, Hatch-Smith Lever Funds, New York Farm Viability Institute, the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program, the International Plant Nutrition Institute, and the Walton Family Foundation.

More information is available at

Funding Workshop for Microloan and Value Added Producer Grant Programs

The Office of U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) invite you to a workshop on funding opportunities through the USDA Microloan and Value-Added Producer Grant programs.    The workshop will provide information about the funding programs and outline who is a eligible and how to apply.  The program will be presented by Carol Ronne, FSA Farm Loan Manager and Gary Pereira, RD Rural Business Program Specialist with USDA; Todd M. Erling, Executive Director of the Hudson Valley AgriBusiness Development Corp.; and the Office of Senator Gillibrand.  

In January, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a new microloan program designed to help small and family operations, beginning and socially disadvantaged farmers secure loans under $35,000. The new microloan program is aimed at bolstering the progress of producers through their start-up years by providing needed resources and helping to increase equity so that farmers may eventually graduate to commercial credit and expand their operations. The microloan program will also provide a less burdensome, more simplified application process in comparison to traditional farm loans.  

The Value-Added Agricultural Producer Grants program is designed to encourage independent producers of agricultural commodities to process their raw products into marketable goods. By creating value-added products, farmers and businesses can expand economic opportunities, create jobs and keep wealth in rural communities.

Date: Thursday, March 14
Time: 11:00am
Location: USDA-FSA Farm and Home Center
2715 Rt. 44, Millbrook, NY 12545

The event is free, RSVPs are requested for those attending.

Please RSVP and send any questions to:

Winter Cutworm – Yellow Underwing Moth Larvae

Keith Waldron
New York State Integrated Pest Management Program
March 4, 2013

Winter cutworm being eaten by Boxelder bug (Diagnostic Services at Michigan State University)

Several calls have come in recently from across the state regarding caterpillar activity in lawns, roads, yards and fields. Jason Dombroski, Cornell Entomology’s insect identification diagnostician has also been receiving calls regarding these insects.

On warmer days caterpillars, about + 1 inch in length, have been seen crawling across lawns, roads, grass hay and even snow covered areas. Caterpillars active this time of year are likely to be the Winter Cutworm (Noctua pronuba) also called “Snow Cutworms” or Yellow Underwing larvae. 

Note: These caterpillars are not true armyworms.

Pictures of the larvae can be seen at:

IDL website (

From the Michigan State Factsheet: “Noctua pronuba caterpillars are sometimes called winter or snow cutworms. They are closely related to other cutworm species found in agricultural fields, feeding at the base of plants and sometimes moving up onto foliage. In large numbers, caterpillars move across fields and roads, similar to armyworm. However, unlike other caterpillar species winter cutworm is very cold tolerant, emerging even in the winter to feed. Thus if a large cutworm-like caterpillar is found late in the fall or during the winter, it is likely Noctua pronuba.”

The Michigan article continues…

“The host range of Noctua pronuba is wide and includes beets, cabbage, carrot, grape, grasses, lettuce, potato, strawberry, and tomato as well as numerous ornamental plants and weeds. In Michigan, feeding was reported on alfalfa and grass hay, Swiss chard, squash, and sugar beets.”

I was not able to find much on assessing risk or management specifics. I have not heard reports of winter cutworms being an economic concern in NY. That said, if you are finding areas of cutworm activity, it may be worth checking winter small grains, alfalfa and grass hay fields fields for potential above ground cutworm feeding. Field assessments would help identify and, if needed, help prioritize fields for potential replanting after snow melt.

The MSU factsheet mentioned above states: “There are no thresholds for winter cutworm in hay fields, but we suggest following guidelines for armyworm management (4 to 6 per square foot).”

Links For More Information:

Website Update: Cornell Nutrient Management Spear Program


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