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Precision Ag

Precision agricultural practices continue to be more widely adopted each year by western New York farmers in order to increase yields, reduce fertilizer, chemical, and labor costs, and protect the environment. Many practices are part of precision agriculture. Soil sampling based on small grids (0.5-5 acres), soil types, or soil management zones allows farmers to vary their rates of lime and fertilizer applications along with seeding rates of corn and soybeans to capture more yield on the productive areas and conserve resources on less productive sections of their fields. Traditional probe sampling, electrical conductivity, and on-the-go sensors are used for precision soil sampling. Auto-guidance systems greatly improve the efficiency of chemical applications, fertilizer applications, and seeding patterns by reducing overlaps, eliminating gaps, and reducing operator fatigue. Yield monitors allow farmers to further refine their management by accurately recording the yield variations across management zones in each field. Satellite imagery, aerial photography, tool-bar mounted cameras and sensors, and agricultural drones (UAVs) provide additional tools to map and monitor soil variation and crop progression. The NWNY Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Team continues to support the adoption of precision agricultural practices through educational programming in partnership with the Wyoming County Dairy Institute, work with industry representatives, and on-farm research of new technologies. Throughout northwestern New York precision agricultural services and equipment are provided by, but not limited to, Growmark FS, Monroe Tractor, Agrinetix LLC, Fingerlakes Agronomics Inc, BCA Ag Technologies, Oxbo, and Western New York Crop Management Association




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.


Benefits and Costs of Entry Level Precision Agriculture Technologies

John Hanchar, Farm Business Management
Northwest New York Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops

Last Modified: February 16, 2017
Benefits and Costs of Entry Level Precision Agriculture Technologies

Auto Section Control (ASC) is a precision agriculture technology designed to reduce double planting and other crop input usage in headlands. See the presentation by Erick Haas and John Hanchar at the 2017 Operations Managers Conference for benefits and costs, including results from partial budgeting and capital investment analysis.

Entry Point Precision Ag Technology: Benefits & Costs for Decision Making

John Hanchar, Farm Business Management
Northwest New York Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops

Last Modified: March 15, 2016
Entry Point Precision Ag Technology: Benefits & Costs for Decision Making

Two benefits attributed to auto steer mentioned frequently by producers and their advisors are reduced stress and reduced fatigue. Combine these benefits with expected favorable economic and financial impacts, and auto steer has the potential to be a beneficial change in practice for farmers, one that farmers will likely want to evaluate for their business.

Precision Agriculture Adoption and Trends in Western New York

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

Last Modified: October 21, 2015
Precision Agriculture Adoption and Trends in Western New York

Survey and report by Kevin Kreher (kmk279@cornell.edu)

This work was commissioned by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Genesee County and the NWNY Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Team to determine how many growers are using technology, gauge how it is working for them, and discover how Cornell Cooperative Extension might help farmers working with these technologies. More than 60 people were interviewed for this report, encompassing the perspectives of growers, consultants, industry experts, dealers, and equipment manufacturers. The growers portion of this survey represented almost 140 thousand acres of cropland in the region.

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.

Varying Corn & Soybean Populations, Varieties, & Down Force

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

Last Modified: March 18, 2015
Varying Corn & Soybean Populations, Varieties, & Down Force

Considering varying your corn or soybean populations? Curious about multiple hybrid planters and planting two corn or soybean varieties in the same field? Maybe you're trying to decide between a planter with hydraulic or air bag down force pressure? If so check out this AgFocus Newsletter article from April of 2015.

Proposed FAA Drone Rules Released

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

Last Modified: February 24, 2015
Proposed FAA Drone Rules Released

On Sunday February 15th, 2015 the FAA released it's proposed rules for commercial unmanned aerial systems (UAS), commonly called drones, for public comment for 60 days. A summary can be found in the PDF below.

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.

New Technology for Corn Nitrogen Needs

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

Last Modified: June 20, 2014
New Technology for Corn Nitrogen Needs

Farmers and agronomists are constantly looking for better tools to improve crop production, and corn nitrogen is no exception. In an effort to account for the spatial variability within every field and the temporal variability of nitrogen due to weather farmers are beginning to use two new tools, GreenSeeker and Adapt-N, on a small scale in northwestern NY. While these tools have great potential to improve corn nitrogen management it is important to understand what they require to work well and the situations where their use may not be warranted until more experience is gained with them. Download the PDF for the full article that appeared in the June 2014 Ag Focus Newsletter.

Variable Rate Fertility Management

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

Last Modified: April 24, 2014
Variable Rate Fertility Management

An expanded version of the February 2014 Ag Focus Article, Variable Rate Fertility Management.

Adapt N Training Resources

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

Last Modified: April 15, 2014
Adapt N Training Resources

Interested in the Adapt N tool? Check out the videos, PDFs, and manual below.

Mapping Management Zones with Soil Conductivity

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

Last Modified: February 4, 2014
Mapping Management Zones with Soil Conductivity

Interested in creating soil management zones with soil conductivity on your farm? Download this PDF.





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Upcoming Events

Income Tax Planning for Farms that File a Schedule F

October 13, 2021
October 20, 2021
October 27, 2021

A three-part series for farms that are already filing a Schedule F covering tax planning and goals, handling farm profits/losses, and strategies to improve your tax position while also working positively with your accountant/tax preparer. 

Design Your Succession Plan

November 2, 2021
November 9, 2021
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November 30, 2021
December 7, 2021
December 14, 2021

How will your family farm operate in the future when the owner retires or is gone? Are you currently working with another generation who may be questioning their role in the future of the farm or are you yourself questioning your current role? Join Cornell Cooperative Extension across New York State, the Central NY Dairy & Field Crops Team, and the Capital Area Ag & Horticulture Program, for our 6-part webinar series November 2, 2021 - December 14, 2021.

Bovine Reproduction & Artificial Insemination Training Course Nov. 3-4, 2021

November 3 - November 4, 2021
Shortsville, NY

Join us for a two day workshop with hands-on training that will be offered in both English and Spanish in cooperation with Javier Cheang, Genex. Space is limited, register today!

Announcements

The NWNY Team is Hiring!

The NWNY 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 October 31, 2021.

For full position description and how to apply, visit: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/18630


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!