Northwest New York Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Enrollment

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  • Dairy Management
  • Farm Business Management
  • Field Crops
  • Livestock & Small Farms

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Impact In New York

The NWNY Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Team continues to make a positive impact on the farmers and agri-business professionals of Northwestern NY. Take a look at our Impact Statements to see the diverse areas in which we are making a difference.



Team Brochure

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NWNY Team Highlights (January - March 2017)

Learn how our team of Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Specialists are making a difference in our region with the Meat & Greet Event that connects farmers and consumers. Return of the Academy for Dairy Executives for twenty six farmers from across the region that met for three two-day sessions. Auto Section Control on Corn Planters: Benefits & Costs for Decision Making. Postive Reviews for Inaugural Forage Congress. Planning for year two is underway. Manure Forum - Proper Handling, Value and Dangers.

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Annual Report 2016

Our 2016 Annual Report of our educational programming over the last year.

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NWNY Team Highlights (January - March 2016)

Learn how our team of Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Specialists are making a difference in our region with Corn Congresses Keep Grain Producers on the Cutting Edge, Spanish Language Dairy Services: A Valuable Resource for Producers, Entry Point Precision Agriculture Technology: Benefits and Costs for Decision Making and Manure Gas Safety On Dairies.

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NWNY Team Highlights (April - June 2016)

Learn how our team of Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Specialists are making a difference in our region with Dairy Farm Business Summary Cooperators, a Significant Source of Economic Activity in 2015, A Proactive Approach to Hoof Care Saves Money, Women Land Owners Learn Benefits of Conservation and Farming Practices in the Genesee Valley and Improving Malting Barley Production Practices to Meet Industry Needs.

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NWNY Team Highlights (July - September 2016)

Learn how our team of Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Specialists are making a difference in our region with Helping the Next Generation Learn about Extension, Working through the Drought of 2016 and Tactical Ag Teams: Educating the Next Generation of Corn Growers.

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NWNY Team Highlights (October - December 2016)

Learn how our team of Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Specialists are making a difference in our region with Beef Workshop Certifies Producers, Growing Malting Barley in NY: Production Economics, Labor Roadshow and Resources for Dairy Replacement Management.

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Annual Report 2015

Our 2015 Annual Report of our educational programming over the last year.

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NWNY Team Highlights (January - March 2015)

Learn how our team of Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Specialists are making a difference in our region with Manure Gas Education: Keeping Farmers Safe, Young Managers Trip to PA encourages thought, Corn Congresses hit the mark with Producers in 2015 and Economics of Intensive Wheat Management Revisited.

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NWNY Team Highlights (April - June 2015)

Learn how our team of Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Specialists are making a difference in our region with Safety Training's Help Farms Avoid Fines and Keep Employees Safe, Dairy Farm Business Summary (DFBS) Cooperators, a Significant Source of Economic Activity in 2014, Pasture Walk Highlights Small Dairy's Success and Dairy Businesses Advance Employee Transition Cow Skills.

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NWNY Team Highlights (July - September 2015)

Learn how our team of Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Specialists are making a difference in our region with Temple Grandin Visit a Huge Success, Cornell Intern Explores Precision Ag Adoption in NWNY, Economics of Double Cropping on NY Dairy Farms, Dairy Profit Teams Springboard Farms Into Future and Forage Focused Field Day Offers Timely Advice.

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NWNY Team Highlights (October - December 2015)

Learn how our team of Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Specialists are making a difference in our region with the Calf & Heifer Congress - A National Draw with Local Impact, Production, Pests, and Profitability - On-Farm Education for Corn Growers, Feeder Basics Course Draws High Participation, Forage Quality Education Leads to Improved Feed for Dairies and Dairy Acceleration Program Leads to New Dairy Investment in NWNY Region

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Annual Report 2014

Our 2014 Annual Report of our educational programming over the last year.

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NWNY Team Highlights (January - March 2014)

Learn how our team of Dairy, Livestock & Field Crop Specialists are making a difference in our region with Economics of Narrow Row Corn Grain Production, A Profitable Pastured Poultry Workshop, NWNY Team collaborates with NYCAMH to Boost Safety Compliance, Annie's Project a Success in Northwest New York Region and Field Crop Educational Presentations in High Demand.

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NWNY Team Highlights (April - June 2014)

Learn how our team of Dairy, Livestock & Field Crop Specialists are making a difference in our region with the 2014 NY All Forage Fed Bull Test Concludes, Dairy Farm Business Summary (DFBS) Cooperators, A Significant Source of Economic Activity in 2013, Nitrogen Fertility Drives Triticale Silage Yield and our own Dr. Jerry Bertoldo Receives Achievement Award from NACAA (The National Association of County Agricultural Agents).

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NWNY Team Highlights (July - September 2014)

Learn how our team of Dairy, Livestock & Field Crop Specialists are making a difference in our region with the team finding a new Soybean Disease in NWNY, Yates Farm Safety Day, Crop Alerts keep NWNY Growers Informed, Cost of Manure Injection on Dairy Farms and Dairy Acceleration Program (DAP) a Boon for Local Farms.

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NWNY Team Highlights (October - December 2014)

Learn how our team of Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Specialists are making a difference in our region with Dairy Skills Training - Calf Care Management, Beef Workshops Certify Producers during BQA (NY State Beef Quality Assurance Committee) Month, Calf & Heifer Congress Continues to Serve the Dairy Industry, Updated Technology Provides an Advantage: LED Lighting & Long Day Photoperiod and Facebook Reaches the Masses in 2014.

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Annual Report 2013

Our 2013 Annual Report of our educational programming over the last year.

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NWNY Team Highlights (January - March 2013)

Learn how our team of Dairy, Livestock & Field Crop specialists are making a difference in our region.

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NWNY Team Highlights (April - June 2013)

Learn how our team of Dairy, Livestock & Field Crop Specialists are making a difference in our region.

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NWNY Team Highlights (July - September 2013)

Learn how our team of Dairy, Livestock & Field Crop Specialists are making a difference in our region.

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NWNY Team Highlights (October - December 2013)

Learn how our team of Dairy, Livestock & Field Crop Specialists are making a difference in our region.

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Group Care of Dairy Calves

Beginning in early 2011, Cornell Cooperative Extension's North West New York's Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Team (NWNY Team) partnered with Cornell University faculty, agribusiness and produces to assess calf and financial performance on farms adopting a new group housing and feeding strategy for baby calves; followed by outreach.

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Soybean TAg Teams for Dairies

In 2012, a record 340,000 acres of soybeans were planted in NYS, up 26% from just three years ago.

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Tile Drainage Field Day

Commodity prices relative to input prices continue to remain favorable.

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AGR190 Western New York Agriculture

In the U.S. we enjoy the safest, most abundant food production systems in the world.

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Farm Disaster Preparedness Certificate Course

As a nation we depend on farms to produce a constant supply of safe, nutritious food.

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Annual Report 2012

Our 2012 Annual Report of our educational programming over the last year.

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1st Cutting Forage Quality Update

We are into the third week of monitoring 1st cutting for quality this year. Our procedure consists of using alfalfa height to predict Neutral Detergent Fiber (NDF) for alfalfa, alfalfa/grass mixed and grass stands. Alfalfa height has proven to be a reliable indicator of NDF values in the field.

Height indicators alfalfa and grass for NDF content are below:

In general we say 100% grass stands should be cut when nearby alfalfa is 14 inches tall to achieve the desired 50% NDF.

Begin cutting 50/50 mixed alfalfa and grass stands when nearby alfalfa is 22 inches tall for the desired 44% NDF.

Begin cutting 100% alfalfa stands when alfalfa is 28 inches tall for desired 40% NDF.
  
Predicted days to cut are based on daily NDF increases for grasses of 1% point, 50/50 mixed stands of 0.8% points and alfalfa of 0.5% point. NDF usually increases about 0.8 to 1.2/day for grasses expecting the lower end of that range in cooler weather and the higher end in warmer. Alfalfa NDF increases about 0.4 to 0.7/ day again depending on temperatures. Predictions are adjusted for the coming week’s weather and right now assuming normal growth.

In the attached spreadsheet locations around the region are listed where we have measured alfalfa height. You can use the location and elevation as a guide to conditions that may be similar to your farm.

The 2017 hay crop is ahead of 2016 first cutting. For 2017 on May 17, 2017 the alfalfa averaged 20 inches tall and only 2% of the fields were 18 inches or less. Triticale and grass fields should be knocked down at this point otherwise you will be losing quality. It is important that you get first cutting off in a timely manner, so if it comes down to making a choice between planting corn or getting first cutting, opt for the first cutting. The warmer summer weather may help the corn but you can’t get first cutting quality back and you may lose the advantage of adequate soil moisture to gain a quality second harvest.

Mixed stand harvest should start by the weekend with pure alfalfa stands (28 inches for desired 40% NDF) to follow a week later.

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