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Winter Triticale for Extra Spring Forage

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

September 9, 2016
Winter Triticale for Extra Spring Forage

We have been experimenting and working with growing winter triticale as a double crop following corn silage for the past 5 years. Work in the region by Quirine Ketterings and Tom Kilcer have shown that it is a good fit for the dairy and if done properly can provide 2 to 4 tons of dry matter per acre of high quality forage in the spring. Those farms that have stuck with it have been successful and have made it part of their rotation.

Planting Date. As with any small grain, start with high quality seed. We want good germination and successful emergence. It is recommended to plant 100-125 lbs. per acre. Over the years and many research trials, we have developed a rule of thumb that winter triticale for forage needs to be planted 10-14 days before the normal wheat planting date. So we are looking at the last week in August through the first week of September as optimum. The earlier planting allows for sufficient accumulation of growing degree days to develop as many tillers as possible this fall. We can still plant into early October in our area but realized that yields will probably be down by 30% compared to early September.

Plant with a drill at 1.25 inches deep. This will be crucial to get a deep root base established to prevent possible winter kill and heaving. This is even more crucial on later planted fields. I have seen fields that were broadcasted on and worked in. These fields had uneven emergence, were patchy and just didn't produce as well. Remember, you are planting a high quality forage crop not a rye cover crop!

Fertility. Most of the needed N-P-K will come from manure worked in following corn silage harvest. It is still best to soil sample to see if additional P and K are needed. If no manure prior to planting, nitrogen will vary depending on planting date. The earliest plantings in August will need 90 lbs. N. This will gradually decrease to 60 lbs. in the first half of September and 30 lbs. after September 20 (Kilcer, personal comm.). An added sulfur source has shown to be beneficial or use ammonium sulfate as your N source. If N can't be worked in (no-till), a protectant should be applied if we remain dry and hot. Again, it is best to soil sample to determine P and K levels. A good "blue book" number would be 40 lbs. each of P205 and K20.

Early planting definitely has its advantages as winter triticale serves a dual purpose of keeping the soil covered over fall and winter and providing quality forage in the spring. Getting the plant well established in the fall with maximum tillers will help it get through the winter and off to a quick start in the spring. An additional 50-80 lbs. of N will be needed at green-up. This can be based on how it looks coming out of the winter. If it looks good, push it with more N.

We will talk more about the stages of triticale, harvest timings, and techniques in the spring. For additional information on winter triticale see the Cornell Nutrient Management SPEAR program Fact Sheet #56, Winter Triticale Forage (http://nmsp.cals.cornell.edu/publications/factsheets/factsheet56.pdf or the August 2015 Crop Soil News from Tom Kilcer on our webpage (http://nydairyadmin.cce.cornell.edu/uploads/doc_269.pdf).



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Upcoming Events

Beginning Farmer/Hobby Farmer Workshop $5/pp, class size is limited, so pre-register by April 15th!

April 27, 2019
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Canandaigua, NY

This hands-on workshop is for beginning or part-time farmers who would like to improve their farm machinery skills, learn to properly and safely maintain their equipment to protect their investment. If you have been thinking about buying a tractor, new or used, two-wheel or four-wheel drive, compact or utility or more come join us. Topics include: selecting the right size/type tractor for the job; basic maintenance; staying safe around tractors and equipment; attaching implements properly; and information about ROPS and SMV's. There will be time for questions.

Pre-registration requested by April 15, 2019 email Amy with your name, address, and phone number or call 585-394-3977 x 429.
Fee: $5.00/person. Class size is limited.

2019 Pastured Poultry Seminar, lunch included so please register by May 10th! $25/person

May 18, 2019
Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.w/ coffee & donuts with the Program running from 9:00 a.m. - 5 p. m.
Attica, NY

The main speaker this year is Eli Reiff of Mifflinburg Pennsylvania. Eli raises broilers, turkeys, sheep, and beef, all on pasture. Topics to be covered will include the pasture, feed and nutrition, marketing, costs, and much more. As we grow as farm operators and get bigger, we may not pay as much attention to the basics as we should. So those areas are where we will start, and then expand to cover the group's interests.

Mike Badger, Director of the American Pastured Poultry Producers Association will also be available for a round-table discussion. Plans are to have representatives from Farm Bureau, NYCAMH for farm health and safety, Wyoming County Chamber of Commerce, and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wyoming County, as well as others.

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May 21, 2019
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Batavia, NY

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Announcements

Producers Previously Enrolled in the LGM Program Now Eligible for MPP

Dairy Producers Previously Enrolled in the Livestock Gross Margin Program Now Eligible for 2018 Margin Protection Program
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that dairy producers who elected to participate in the Livestock Gross Margin for Dairy Cattle Program (LGM-Dairy) now have the opportunity to participate in the Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy) for 2018 coverage. Sign-up will take place March 25 through May 10, 2019.
Eligible producers can enroll during the sign-up period at their local USDA service center. To locate your office, visit farmers.gov.


Smart Farming Team Technical Assistance Grant Application

The Labor Ready Farmer Project is offering grants to provide up to 12 hours of Technical Assistance (TA) consulting services to farms who want to make improvements to their farm's processes in hiring, training, managing or evaluating employees. Applicants will choose from one of the following four areas for TA assistance and identify a specific project. If selected they will be matched with a "Smart Farming Team" of consultants who will provide one on one technical assistance.
  • HIRING EMPLOYEES 101 - GETTING OFF TO A GOOD START
  • ONBOARDING & TRAINING EMPLOYEES QUICKLY AND EFFECTIVELY
  • FINE-TUNING & IMPROVING THE WORKING ENVIRONMENT
  • H2-A READINESS
Please complete this application and send to Nicole Waters, Beginning Farm Project Coordinator for the Cornell Small Farms Program. The form can be submitted by email, mail or in-person at the address listed below. Please feel free to call or email with any questions.

Nicole Waters - Beginning Farmer Project Coordinator
Plant Science Building, Room 15b
Tower Road, Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
Phone: 607-255-9911
Email: nw42@cornell.edu

Applications accepted on a rolling basis.



USDA Announces January Income over Feed Cost Margin Triggers First 2019 Dairy Sa

WASHINGTON, March 6, 2019 ? The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced this week that the January 2019 income over feed cost margin was $7.99 per hundredweight, triggering the first payment for eligible dairy producers who purchase the appropriate level of coverage under the new but yet-to-be established Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program.

DMC, which replaces the Margin Protection Program for Dairy, is a voluntary risk management program for dairy producers that was authorized by the 2018 Farm Bill. DMC offers protection to dairy producers when the difference between the all milk price and the average feed cost (the margin) falls below a certain dollar amount selected by the producer.

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced last week that sign up for 
DMC will open by mid-June of this year. At the time of sign up, producers who elect a DMC coverage level between $8.00 and $9.50 would be eligible for a payment for January 2019.

For example, a dairy operation with an established production history of 3 million pounds (30,000 cwt.) that elects the $9.50 coverage level for 50 percent of its production could potentially be eligible to receive $1,887.50 for January.

Sample calculation:
$9.50 - $7.99 margin = $1.51 difference
$1.51 times 50 percent of production times 2,500 cwt. (30,000 cwt./12) = $1,887.50

The calculated annual premium for coverage at $9.50 on 50 percent of a 3-million-pound production history for this example would be $2,250.

Sample calculation:
3,000,000 times 50 percent = 1,500,000/100 = 15,000 cwt. times 0.150 premium fee = $2,250

Operations making a one-time election to participate in DMC through 2023 are eligible to receive a 25 percent discount on their premium for the existing margin coverage rates.

"Congress created the Dairy Margin Coverage program to provide an important financial safety net for dairy producers, helping them weather shifting milk and feed prices," FSA Administrator Richard Fordyce said. "This program builds on the previous Margin Protection Program for Dairy, carrying forward many of the program upgrades made last year based on feedback from producers. We're working diligently to implement the DMC program and other FSA programs authorized by the 2018 Farm Bill."

Additional details about DMC and other FSA farm bill program changes can be found at farmers.gov/farmbill.


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.

https://nwnyteam.cce.cornell.edu/submission.php?id=761&crumb=dairy|1