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2017 Corn Diseases and Plant Health in a Wet Growing Season

Jul 24, 2017
The current 2017 wet/rainy weather and high humidity can create a situation where diseases can become an issue in corn. While there are several foliar diseases that can occur on corn under these conditions, gray leaf spot and northern corn leaf blight have been especially problematic over the last several years. Read more

Shoreline septic systems deserve a closer look

Jul 17, 2017
Most of the unusable phosphorus (P) excreted by dairy cattle is contained in their feces, and much of this P is in undigested feed particles that rumen microbes could not unlock. Unlike cows, 2/3 of the P excreted by humans is in our urine, and this P is highly bioavailable, meaning our “P” is readily available to plants. While we may not be commercially harvesting human urine for fertilizer anytime soon, some of it may very well be an important fertilizer for organisms such as cyanobacteria (AKA: blue-green algae) and nuisance weeds that live in our lakes. Read more

Pre-Empire Farm Days Tour

Jul 14, 2017
A Dairy Calf Intensively Managed Housing/Feeding System “Drive Yourself Tour” and Program at Synergy Farm and True Farm, Wyoming County, NY is scheduled for August 7, 2017. Registration is required. Read more

PRO-DAIRY Increases Agricultural Engineering Capacity for BMP Implementation in the Lake Champlain Basin.

Jul 11, 2017
Using funds from New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) by the US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) in support of the Lake Champlain Basin Program,  PRO-DAIRY teamed up with Vermont Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM) to educate engineers to increase the private sector agricultural engineering capacity in the Vermont Lake Champlain Basin.
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Dairy Profit Seminars at Empire Farm Days 2017

May 16, 2017
Dairy Profit Seminars have become a regular stop for dairy producers, dairy farm staff and agribusiness professionals. This year’s show is slated for August 8 through 10 at the Rodman Lott & Son Farms near Seneca Falls, NY.  The 2017 Dairy Profit Seminars will include Robotics and Maximizing Milk Per Box: Grouping and Feeding; Transitioning to Automatic Milking Systems:  What Have We Learned?; and Is your farm a Member of the 7 Pound Club? Leading dairy producers into the next frontier of maximizing pounds of components produced, while maintaining profitability. The seminars are a collaboration between Cornell’s PRO-DAIRY, Northeast Dairy Producers Association (NEDPA) and DairyBusiness & HolsteinWorld magazine. Each session will be held at the Dairy Seminar Center, located on the show grounds. They are free and open to the public.
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Monitoring First Cut Harvest Timing

May 9, 2017
First cutting can represent a significant portion of your total hay crop for the year and has the potential to be very high quality feed if harvested at the correct timing. To help you monitor that timing there are tools available. Read more

Heavy Rain and Runoff Provides an Opportunity

Apr 7, 2017
Flood warnings are posted for much of NYS through Saturday, April 8. Be curious. Don’t miss this chance to improve your ability to understand water movement in your landscape and better manage risk in wet weather conditions. Read more