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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  • Direct Mailings
  • Educational Meetings & Conferences
  • In-Field Educational Opportunities
  • On-Farm Research Trials

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PestsNumerous pests affect commercial grain, forage and livestock production in New York. All stages of crop growth may be susceptible to insects, weeds or disease causing pathogens which may result in poor seedling emergence, reduced yields and quality issues. Similarly, livestock are affected by nuisance insects, parasites and diseases both in the barn and out on the pasture. Correct pest identification is a crucial step in developing an integrated pest management program on your farm.

NWNY Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Specialists conduct research and educational programs on many important insects, diseases and weeds in New York. While not an exhaustive list, current information on many important crop and livestock pests can be found below. Additional information can be found under the pest categories of Diseases, Insects, and Weeds.

What's Wrong with My Crop?

A diagnosis and educational service
available only to our enrollees.

  • Crop Alert

    Mike Stanyard, Team Leader, Field Crops
    Northwest New York Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops

    Last Modified: July 27, 2018
    Crop Alert

    Timely observations, information, and control strategies for managing pests, fertility, and current conditions on northwestern NY farms.

    Crop Cam

    Mike Stanyard, Team Leader, Field Crops
    Northwest New York Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops

    Last Modified: September 9, 2015
    Crop Cam

    Tune in as the NWNY Teams' Extension agronomists put on their GoPro cameras and head to the field.

    Crop Cam 9-01-15  White Mold in Soybeans, Mike Stanyard in Ontario County.
    Crop Cam 6-17-15  Scouting Soybean Aphids Mike Stanyard in Ontario County.
    Crop Cam 6-05-15  Scouting Black Cutworm in Field Corn Mike Stanyard in Orleans County.
    Crop Cam 5-29-15 Identifying Flowering Stage of Wheat Mike Stanyard in Monroe County.
    Crop Cam 5-15-15 Alfalfa Weevil Larvae Scouting Mike Stanyard in Ontario County.
    Crop Cam 5-14-15 Winter Triticale Forage Harvest Mike Stanyard in Wayne County.
    Crop Cam 4-27-15:Comparing two winter malting barley fields. Bill Verbeten in Niagara County.
    Crop Cam 4-6-15:  Estimating wheat tiller counts per square yard. Mike Stanyard in Ontario County.
    Crop Cam 3-20-15:Evaluating winter malting barley. Bill Verbeten in Niagara County.

    FAQs about Farm Drones

    Bill Verbeten, Field Crops
    Northwest New York Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops

    Last Modified: December 22, 2014
    FAQs about Farm Drones

    Have a question about using an unmanned aerial system (UAS) on your farm? Not sure what is and isn't legal for drone use on your land? Check out this PDF for more information.

    Northern Stem Canker in Soybeans

    Bill Verbeten, Field Crops
    Northwest New York Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops

    Last Modified: September 19, 2014
    Northern Stem Canker in Soybeans

    Heard about Northern Stem Canker? It's a new disease in New York that's been found in many soybean fields. Download this write-up by Gary Bergstrom and Jaime Cummings discussing Northern Stem Canker in Soybeans.

    Early Season Wheat Management Tips

    Bill Verbeten, Field Crops
    Northwest New York Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops

    Last Modified: March 6, 2014
    Early Season Wheat Management Tips

    Need to review early season management of nitrogen, weeds, and fungicides in winter wheat? Check out Mike Stanyard's March 2014 Ag Focus article on this topic.

    Handy Bt Trait Table

    Bill Verbeten, Field Crops
    Northwest New York Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops

    Last Modified: March 6, 2014
    Handy Bt Trait Table

    Not sure about which insects your Bt trait is rated to control? Have questions about what refuge requirement is appropriate for your Bt corn variety? Wondering what herbicide tolerances are associated with different Bt hybrids? Check out the "Handy Bt Trait Table" authored by Chris DiFonzo of Michigan State University and Eileen Cullen of University of Wisconsin.

    Abnormal Corn Ears Poster

    Last Modified: January 21, 2014
    Abnormal Corn Ears Poster

    “Check out this poster describing the cause of abnormal corn ears.”

    Apps for Ag

    Nancy Glazier, Small Farms & Livestock
    Northwest New York Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops

    Last Modified: December 20, 2013

    List of some apps for smartphone users.

    Integrated Pest Management Guide for Organic Dairies

    Nancy Glazier, Small Farms & Livestock
    Northwest New York Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops

    Last Modified: August 30, 2013

    NYS IPM publication to assist dairies and livestock producers with organic pest control options.

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    Upcoming Events

    NY Corn & Soybean Growers - 2021 Summer Crop Tour

    August 5, 2021
    Canandaigua, NY

    The Annual Summer Crop Tour will resume in person on August 5th, 2021 at Catalpa Farms in Canandaigua, NY. They are excited to welcome Rob Sharkey, better known to his many followers as The Shark Farmer, as the keynote speaker this year!

    American Farmland Trust - Women for the Land Learning Circle - Conservation Action

    August 9, 2021
    Perry, NY

    Women for the Land Learning Circle - Conservation Action, followed by a bus tour at Table Rock Farm in Castile, NY

    Open to all women involved in agriculture in New York, AFT invites you to join us for a peer-to-peer Learning Circle and Farm Tour this August. Our focus is Conservation in Action. Attendees will meet at an immersive photograph exhibit featuring western New York female farmers. We will hear about how conservation is put into action from a certified crop consultant who specializes in on-farm conservation planning. Then we will board a bus and head over to an award-winning family-run dairy, Table Rock Farm, that is at the forefront of agricultural innovation, to see it all in person. Meghan Hauser, a co-owner of the farm, will lead us through the efforts she and her team have implemented to make their 100+ year old farm an environmentally and economically thriving operation. After the tour, we will reflect on the experience and discuss action steps we can take to achieve our own conservation goals.


    Stephanie Castle, American Farmland Trust
    Joan Petzen, Cornell Cooperative Extension Northwest New York Dairy and Livestock Team
    Lorie Ames, Western New York Crop Management Association
    JoBeth Bellanca, USDA-NRCS
    Meghan Hauser, Table Rock Farm

    2021 Aurora Farm Field Day

    Event Offers DEC Credits

    August 12, 2021
    Aurora, NY

    The 2021 Cornell Field Crops annual field day will be held August 12th highlighting the latest field crops research across CALS and providing an opportunity for in-person exchange of ideas and experiences. This year's program offers a wide variety of content from no-till planting into rolled cover crops to the use of unoccupied robotic vehicles to monitor plant growth and health.


    The NWNY Team is Hiring!

    The NWNT Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Team is currently looking for a Field Crops Specialist.

    As the Field Crops Specialist, you will provide commercial crop growers, producers, consultants, and industry representatives with the knowledge and educational resources necessary to assess production and management practices. You will focus on developing an education and applied research program in the areas of forage production management, soil health/nutrient management and advancing the principles, applications and implementation of precision agriculture technologies for growers. Other responsibilities include:
    • Providing producers and industry with a framework to analyze production and management alternatives and maximize profit opportunities based on emerging best-management practices.
    • Analyzing and evaluating major program efforts with the input of all program partners and making recommendations for enhancing these efforts.
    • Participating in regional, statewide, and national workgroups.
    • Initiating and conducting field demonstrations and in-depth applied research projects appropriate to the needs of commercial crop production.
    • Individually and collaboratively exploring and pursuing new and additional funding sources to enhance and extend program opportunities.
    • Planning and implementing educational programs utilizing a variety of methods, including direct teaching through group experiences, social media, newsletters, electronic technology, use of the internet, and distance learning.
    • Preparing quarterly reports and yearly impact statements on program progress and accomplishments.
    This position is full-time and will be located in Mount Morris, New York. This is a three-year appointment with possible extension depending on funding and performance. Applications must be submitted by July 31, 2021.

    For full position description and how to apply, visit:

    *NEW* The NWNY Team Blog!

    Our goal for this blog is to share with farmers and allied industry professionals, technical and applicable resources regarding all aspects of dairy farming, livestock and small farms, field crops and soils, and topics related to farm business management and precision agriculture.

    The blog will feature Crop Alerts, Dairy Alerts, Bilingual (Spanish) Resources, Upcoming Events and more from our team members. This blog is free for everyone to use, explore and enjoy. When new material is published, subscribers will receive an email notification.

    We hope you enjoy this new platform, and are looking forward to engaging with you in the future!