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NY Soil Health Field Day in Pavilion, NY

Event Details


August 25, 2022


9:00am - 3:00pm


Gary Swede Farms
1054 Peoria Rd
Pavilion, NY 14525


American Farmland Trust

Aaron Ristow

American Farmland Trust invites you to join them in this field day. They will share practical, field-tested results of advanced regenerative practices targeted to dairy, field and specialty crop farmers. Come learn from producer Jay Swede about his evaluation of planting green to minimize herbicide and fertilizer use, improve soil health, and maintain productivity. A panel of Genesee River farmers will discuss how soil regenerative practices have impacted their farm's profitability. This year we highlight a presentation from Kristen Loria from Cornell University who will speak about Organic Methods for Cover Cropping Success. A complimentary lunch will be served. There is no cost to attend, refreshments, and education materials will be provided.  Link to register

 This field day is part of the Genesee River Demonstration Farm Network project, a collaboration between American Farmland Trust, Western New York Crop Management Association, Cornell Cooperative Extension Northwest New York Dairy Livestock and Field Crops team and the Genesee River Watershed Coalition of Soil and Water Conservation Districts. This project is funded by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), EPA's Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, New York Farm Viability Institute, and the New York Corn and Soybeans Association.


9:00 - 9:45: Welcome and Introductions  

9:45 - 10:15: Dave DeGolyer, WNY Crop Management Association, On-Farm Demo Plots Evaluating the Benefits and Challenges of Planting Green in Western New York

10:15 - 10:45: Debbie Aller, Cornell University, Healthy Soil for Climate Adaptation

10:45 - 11:15: Kristen Loria, Cornell University, Organic Methods for Cover Cropping Success

11:15 - 12:00 : Farmer Panel - Jay Swede, Pete Zeliff, Matt Toussaint

12:00 - 1:00: Buffet Lunch (provided)

1:00 - 3:00: Cover Crop Field Tour and Soil Pit, Rod Porter, Kings AgriSeeds and NRCS Soil Scientist Nicole Kubiczki

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