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Read an Ag Blog

Libby Eiholzer, Bilingual Dairy
Northwest New York Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops

June 6, 2014

Read an Ag Blog Last month?s article featured some upcoming agricultural webinars. In keeping with the theme of using technology to become more educated producers, this month I?d like to explore some great blogs that are available. Blogs (short for web logs) are informational sites published by individuals, universities and other sources. A benefit of blogs is that they are accessible anytime, while webinars are sometimes available only at time of broadcast, and sometimes charge a fee for attendance. In addition, blogs are generally shorter snippets of writing, often interspersed with photos and videos, which puts you in charge of how much time you want to spend. Instead of setting aside a full hour for a webinar, you can take five or ten minutes a day to browse through new blog post or two.

Some blogs allow you to enroll or follow them, which automatically notifies you by email when new content is posted. Another neat feature about blogs is that they are interactive, allowing readers to ask questions and make comments. Some blogs are very science based; others are focused on current events, while still others have more entertainment value. Agricultural topics range across all types of farming. Whatever your interests, you?re sure to find a few with value.
- Also called ?The Almost Perfect Parlor?, this blog discusses ways to keep milking parlor equipment and staff working efficiently and profitably. - Published by the Purdue University department of Animal Science, this blog provides readers with ?timely news, issues, and management tips that have the potential to affect the beef business and decision-making process?.
- I would be remiss not to mention this blog published by our Field Crops Specialist, Bill Verbeten! Self-described as ?a blog dedicated to helping farmers improve their production and utilization of forage, corn, soybean, small grain, and cover crops?.
- This will keep you up to date on federal-level farming policy news. - One of my personal favorites, this talented photographer shares her passion for agriculture by blending stunning photos with words and numbers to share a story about modern agriculture.
- On the lighter side of things, this blog is written by a city girl who married a dairy farmer and moved to rural Michigan. Her take on life, dairy farming, and agriculture in general is refreshing.

Do you publish a blog? Do you have a favorite blog that you subscribe to? If so, send me the link (to and I?d be glad to share it with the farmers that we work with.

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Upcoming Events

Weed Resistance Management Demonstration and Plot Tour

Event Offers DEC Credits

July 23, 2019
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Waterloo, NY

Come join us on July 23 in Seneca County at Quinten Good's farm for a demonstration and walking tour of 16 different pre- and post-emergence treatments in soybean and 12 different treatments and combinations in corn.
  • Tall waterhemp and marestail are two weeds that are resistant to glyphosate and ALS herbicide modes of action in the WNY and Finger Lakes regions.
  • Each year the number of acres with resistant weed populations expands.
  • For herbicides to be an effective tool in weed management, we have to know what chemistries & application timings are most effective against these resistant weeds.

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Income and Real Property Tax Primer-A Learning Circle for Women Non-Operating Land Owners of Ag Land

July 24, 2019
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Portageville, NY

For many of us taxes can be a mystery, let's have a conversation with the experts about the tax considerations agricultural landowners need to think about. 
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Pasture Walk with the Finger Lakes Graziers-Cancelled!

July 29, 2019
12:45 - 4 pm

The Finger Lakes Graziers pasture walk has been cancelled due to some scheduling conflicts. 
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RMA Announces Additional One-time Changes to Prevented Planting Provisions

June 29, 2019

RMA Announces Additional One-time Changes to Prevented Planting Provisions
for 2019 Crop Year

In response to delayed and prevented planting resulting from above average rainfall and wetness, the USDA Risk Management Agency has made a one-time change to the 2019 crop year prevented planting rules that effectively allows silage corn, if planted as a cover crop following local agricultural expert guidelines, to be acceptable as a post-prevented planting cover crop. Under this one-time rule change, producers are allowed to produce this crop while retaining their prevented planting payment. This change couples with previously announced one-time changes to the prevented planting rules - including expanded acceptable uses for post-prevented planting cover crops and a change in the cover crop haying and grazing start date rule - serve to help those struggling to meet their forage needs due to the weather.

Read the full article from the New York Crop Insurance Education Program.

The USDA-RMA states that "For crop insurance purposes, a cover crop is a crop generally recognized by agricultural experts as agronomically sound for the area for erosion control or other purposes related to conservation or soil improvement." PRO-DAIRY specialists Joe Lawrence and Karl Czymmek and Dr. Quirine Ketterings, Professor and Director of Cornell Nutrient Management Spear Program have released a letter stating "Corn on Prevented Planting acres meets these objectives."

New Guidance for Mortality Disposal Issued

NYS Department of Ag and Markets has posted guidelines on disposal of livestock carcasses, in response to reports that some rendering companies have halted pickups from farms.|1