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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

Take Stock of Manure Storage Needs

Mar 30, 2017
For many parts of NYS, not for the first time, March 2017 provided deep snow and saturated wet conditions that presented significant manure related challenges, especially to daily spread and short term storage operations. While the conditions are still fresh, every operation should take stock of manure storage options and look for ways to avoid application in these situations Read more

Manure Spreading

Mar 27, 2017
NYSDEC is warning farmers to be aware of the current and rapidly changing weather conditions. We are entering a very risky time for manure applications. The National Weather Service is predicting substantial snowmelt and periods of rain in many parts of the State. Rainfall on snowpack will saturate soils and creates a high risk for significant runoff.

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Removal of Heavy Snow Loads from Barn Roofs

Mar 15, 2017
The recent accumulation of snow in many areas throughout New York State has caused some agricultural buildings to fail. Failure can be the result of several items linked to the snow load present on the building. Removal of significant snow accumulations off of a barn roof is best performed in a systematic way to reduce the risk of injury or death to both barn occupants and those working on the roof. Removing roof snow without a proper approach may actually cause more damage than if left alone in some cases by creating an unbalanced and/or concentrated roof load. Read more

Record Attendance at Operations Managers Conference

Feb 15, 2017
The Operation Managers Conference Precision Management: Merging People, Cows, Crops and Technology held January 24 and 25 in Syracuse drew a record attendance. The conference is presented in partnership with Northeast Dairy Producers Association (NEDPA). Read more