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Soil

SoilEffectively managing the soils of western New York for long-term productivity and sustainability is the foundation for crop production in New York's bread basket. This page contains resources and information to help farmers manage their soils and the nutrients used to grow their crops.

A wide range of soils are farmed in western New York. Heavy clays sit on limestone bedrock along the Niagara Escarpment in Niagara and Orleans counties. Southern Wyoming, Livingston, Yates, and Seneca counties have acidic glacial loams. Highly productive loam soils are alongside heavy clays and gravelly sands, throughout the region and sometimes even in the same field. Muck soils naturally contain high levels of organic matter, while mineral soils vary greatly in their organic matter content depending on management history. Practices that increase soil health and productivity such reduced tillage, cover cropping, tile drainage, and diverse crop rotations continue to be adopted by western New York farmers.

Western New York farmers have been very proactive by adopting practices such as manure injection, nutrient management planning, split fertilizer applications, conservation tillage, and precision nutrient management in order to protect the natural resources they live near while increasing their productivity. While many farms make use of manure which contains many nutrients, farmers also typically apply nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium, and sulfur fertilizers along with lime to their fields. These fertilizers are placed with the crop seed as a "pop-up", 2 inches to the side and below the seed as a "starter", deep banded with tillage equipment, broadcasted on the soil surface, and occasionally applied as a foliar fertilizer. On-farm research by the NWNY Team continues to help farmers fine-tune their fertilizer applications to their crop rotations and tillage systems.





Most Recent Soil Content

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.


Forage Congress - Presentations

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

Last Modified: March 14, 2017
Forage Congress - Presentations

New to the NWNY Team's lineup this winter was Forage Congress at the Genesee River Restaurant and Reception Center in Mount Morris, NY.

This event covered timely topics recommended by the region's producers. The morning's session began with an overview of the cropping plan from the ground up, economics of high fiber digestibility, and new alfalfa varieties with quality grasses. The afternoon covered double cropping with winter triticale and options for properly storing silages. 

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.





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Upcoming Events

Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) Training - Newfane, NY

November 9, 2019
10:00AM - 1:00PM
Newfane, NY

Becoming BQA certified allows you to share your story and ensure consumers that you are responsibly raising safe, wholesome and healthy beef. 
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*NEW* Automated Milking System (AMS) Management Discussion Group - Homer, NY

November 12, 2019
5:30pm - 8:00pm
Homer, NY

Milk Quality Management in AMS systems will be our first topic, with future discussion group topics to include: lameness and cow comfort, milk production, AMS daily task efficiency, and AMS maintenance. 
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*NEW* Automated Milking System (AMS) Management Discussion Group - Ellicottville, NY

November 13, 2019
5:30pm - 8:00pm
Ellicottville, NY

Milk Quality Management in AMS systems will be our first topic, with future discussion group topics to include: lameness and cow comfort, milk production, AMS daily task efficiency, and AMS maintenance. 
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Announcements

Showcasing Energy Efficiency Technologies on the Farm

Van Lieshout Dairy Farm Open House


When: Friday October 25th, 10am-noon

Location: Van Lieshout's Dairy Farm, 4775 Oak Orchard Road, Albion, NY 

Please Join us for a morning of presentations and tours at the Van Lieshout Dairy Farm in Albion, NY, as we highlight energy efficiency upgrades and resources available to NY Farmers.

By participating in NYSERDA's Agriculture Energy Audit Program, the Van Lieshout Dairy Farm received a no-cost energy audit. Equipped with the results of the energy audit, the Van Lieshout Dairy farm worked with National Grid to install robotic milking equipment and other energy efficient equipment.

National Grid's Energy Efficiency and Economic Development programs provided approximately $90,000.00 of funds to the project. By purchasing highly efficient products, the Van Lieshout's will save an estimated 311,000 kWh per year, which equates to approximately $31,000.00 per year in electrical costs.

Hear directly from the Cindy Van Lieshout about her family's experience with various programs and services they used to help the farm become energy efficient and sustainable. The Van Lieshout Dairy Farm, a third-generation family owned and run operation, has been in business since 1978. Investing in energy efficiency and making these upgrades will better position Cindy's son, Garrett to manage the business in the future as the current generation prepares to retire in a few years.

The Van Lieshout's completed a Cornell Dairy Farm Business Summary on an annual basis to assess their business and plan for a sustainable future. For this project, they used Pro-Dairy's Dairy Acceleration Program, now known as the Dairy Advancement Program, funded through New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets to cost share their facility engineering.

Representatives from NSYERDA, National Grid, and Cornell Cooperative Extension will be on hand to answer questions and provide additional information.

Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the newly installed equipment. Light Refreshments will be provided.
For more Information Contact:
Lisa Coven at lisac@ensave.com 800-732-1399
Margaret Quaassdorff at maq27@cornell.edu 585-405-2567
Jay Snyder at John.Snyderjr@nationalgrid.com 716-517-5515


Preventing Sexual Harassment on Farms

If you're wondering how to get your farm business in compliance with NYS Sexual Harassment Regulations, you've come to the right place.  The 2018 New York State budget included new regulations addressing sexual harassment in the workplace that became effective on October 9, 2018 for all New York employers, including agricultural employers. All employers are required to have a sexual harassment prevention policy and to provide annual, interactive sexual harassment prevention training for all employees.  Check out the resources developed by Cornell Ag Workforce Development, including step-by-step instructions and farm-friendly training videos.


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."


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