Forages

ForagesHigh yields of high-quality forage are vital to the dairy and livestock industries. Feed-costs are often half of a farm's business expenses each year. This page contains resources and information to help farmers better manage silage, hay, and pastures. 

FORAGES CATEGORIES




2022 North Country 1st Cut Alfalfa Progress Report - May 11 2022

Kitty O'Neil, Team Leader, Field Crops & Soils Specialist
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: May 11, 2022

2022 North Country 1st Cut Alfalfa Progress Report - May 4 2022 Report

Kitty O'Neil, Team Leader, Field Crops & Soils Specialist
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: May 4, 2022

Last Minute Prep for 2022 Spring Crops

Kitty O'Neil, Team Leader, Field Crops & Soils Specialist
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: April 1, 2022

Spring planting season is fast approaching, but there's time for some last-minute preparations. While we always prioritize efficient use of fertilizers, seed and other inputs, 2022 pricing and availability puts and extra importance on this strategy. How many items can you cross off this to-do list?


Planting Enlist E3 soybeans in 2022?

Mike Hunter, Field Crops Specialist
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: April 1, 2022

Are you planting Enlist E3 soybeans in 2022?  If so, one of the tools in the weed control toolbox will be the option to use one of the two registered 2,4-D choline herbicides for use on Enlist E3 soybeans.  In January 2022, the EPA approved a seven-year registration of Enlist One and Enlist Duo herbicides.  Enlist One and Enlist Duo are the only 2,4-D choline herbicides registered for over-the-top use in 2,4-D tolerant soybeans.  Enlist E3 soybeans are also tolerant to the over-the-top application of both glyphosate (Roundup) and glufosinate (Liberty) herbicides.


Spring 2022 Weather Outlook

Kitty O'Neil, Team Leader, Field Crops & Soils Specialist
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: April 1, 2022

We begin the 2022 growing season in NNY with no drought classifications, for a welcome change. Our snow has mostly melted and soil frost is on the decline. The North Country is a tiny bit behind normal soil moisture as of this date in late March, but the deficit is small. March temperatures have been just a bit warmer than average so far.


Nitrogen Credit for a Winter Rye Cover Crop - Every Little Bit Helps

Kitty O'Neil, Team Leader, Field Crops & Soils Specialist
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: March 1, 2022

With fertilizer prices continuing to rise to unprecedented highs, we've spent a lot of time and pencil lead working out strategies to stretch that budget line as much as possible this spring.


When does it make sense for a livestock farm to grow annual forages?

Kitty O'Neil, Team Leader, Field Crops & Soils Specialist
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: February 8, 2022

CCE PMEP's Outreach Arm Launches a New Name and Website

Last Modified: November 8, 2021

Fertilizer Prices Trend Upward in Late 2021 …and Into 2022?

Kitty O'Neil, Team Leader, Field Crops & Soils Specialist
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: November 8, 2021

Seed Corn Maggot, Stand Losses and the Need for Insecticide Seed Treatments

Last Modified: November 8, 2021

2021 North Country 1st Cut Alfalfa Height Monitoring June 1, 2021

Kitty O'Neil, Team Leader, Field Crops & Soils Specialist
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: June 2, 2021

2021 North Country 1st Cutting Alfalfa & Grass Quality Monitor May 24, 2021

Kitty O'Neil, Team Leader, Field Crops & Soils Specialist
North Country Regional Ag Team

Last Modified: May 25, 2021





more content - left
Dairy

Dairy

Business

Business

Livestock

Livestock

Forages

Forages

Grains

Grains

more content - right

Upcoming Events

Pasture Walk and Grazing Program

June 14, 2022

12:00pm - 2:00pm

Hidden Hill Ranch 2081 Thayer Hill Rd Boonville, NY  

6:30pm - 8:00pm

Zufall Farm 20 Campbell Rd Lisbon, NY

 

 

Robotic Milking System Farm Tour

July 11, 2022
Belleville, NY

This program is applicable to any dairy farmers who are interested in learning more about robotic milking systems or who already have robots. Doubledale recently built a new facility with 8 Lely robots, while Gehrkes retrofitted an existing facility to install 1 DeLaval robot. Come tour two unique farms, enjoy lunch, socialize with other farms, and learn from each other.

 

Dairy Cattle Handling and Safety Program for Farm Workers

July 25, 2022
Champlain , NY

This program is applicable to any current (or prospective) farm workers that currently work with (or aspire to work with) dairy cattle. This on-farm program will focus on cattle behavior, flight zone, good handling practices,  risks and hazards when handling cattle, and it will include a hands-on portion.

 

Announcements

Looking to add land to an existing NYS Certified Agricultural District

Annual Thirty Day Period for Landowners to Request Additions of Viable Agricultural Land to Existing Agricultural Districts

The Jefferson County Board of Legislators has set June 1st through June 30th of each year for the purpose accepting requests to add predominantly viable agricultural land to an existing NYS Certified Agricultural District in the County.

Viable agricultural land: actively farmed as well as land that is highly suitable for agricultural production.
A parcel of land is "predominantly" viable if a minimum of 51% of the parcel is viable agricultural land.
The purpose of NYS Certified Agricultural Districts is to encourage the continued use of farmland for agricultural production. The Agricultural District Program is based on a combination of landowner incentives and protections, all of which are designed to forestall the conversion of farmland to non-agricultural uses.

Landowners who wish to submit a request to add land to an existing NYS Certified Agricultural District may download the form from the Jefferson County Department of Planning web page under NYS Certified Agricultural Districts, or you may call the Jefferson County Department of Planning, (315) 785-3144 and ask for the 2022 Agricultural Annual Inclusion Form.

All requests must be submitted on the form provided by the Planning Department and must be received no later than June 30, 2022.

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is spreading rapidly across the world.

Although cities have the most sick people, the disease has reached rural communities of New York as well. Everyone needs to take this very seriously. Agriculture is an essential business, so many of us will continue to go to work. However, we all need to take precautions to stay safe and help prevent further spread of the disease. The key things to do are limit contact with other people and keep everything very clean. We've prepared a new resource to help Spanish- and English-speaking farm employees access credible, multi-lingual information that they can use right away. Here are this links to a printable resource for farms to use:
English COVID 19 Procedures
Spanish COVID 19 Procedures


To see a full list of other relevant resources, click here.




How to Manage COVID-19 Risk on Dairy Farms

Straightforward helpful steps to manage risk on dairy farms!  We are happy to help talk farms through these steps and develop risk management plans for protecting owners and team members. Reach out to Kelsey O'Shea via email kio3@cornell.edu for more information.



Update - Regional Ag Team Operations during COVID-19

Click here to get the updated information on our operations.


NEWSLETTER   |   CURRENT PROJECTS   |   IMPACT IN NY   |   RESOURCES   |   SITE MAP