Karl Czymmek, Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY, is partnering to offer manure applicator training at five sites statewide in March. Topics will include manure application and CAFO permits. All attendees will receive a Manure Applicator Training Certificate. This is a DEC approved manure applicator training (for CAFO farms).
A chronically wet fall and extended winter weather have created challenges for manure application and some farms may be facing manure storages that are approaching the full level. Marginal field conditions may call on all your decision-making skills to manage runoff risk.
Snowmelt, rain and frozen soil conditions are generating significant runoff. These conditions can cause problems in urban and rural areas. For dairy and livestock farms, if at all possible, do not apply manure in the current weather and soil conditions.
Unannounced inspections can still take place for dairy farms with more than 10 employees. We advise all farms with more than 10 employees to review your safety programs and make sure you are up to date on safety training, have all of your Safety Data Sheets (SDS), and reach out to your resources to schedule any safety trainings you need to meet compliance.
For farms that may be concerned about maintaining adequate storage capacity in the coming months, with nighttime temperatures around 20°F or below, the soil surface should be firming up enough to support field traffic for manure applications if they are necessary.
As part of the Corn Silage Hybrid Evaluation program, we have focused significant attention over the last two growing seasons on the interactions between growing environment and corn silage forage quality. While this work is still developing, it does build on earlier knowledge of the impact of growing conditions on plant development, and provides some insight into managing the corn silage crop for forage quality.
NYS Agriculture Commissioner Richard Ball and Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY Specialists presented the PRO-DAIRY Agriservice Awards to George Mueller, Willow Bend Farm, Clifton Springs; Gerald R. Bertoldo, DVM, Batavia; and Peggy Murray, Copenhagen during the Dairy Day Recognition and Awards breakfast on August 30 at the NYS Fair. These awards are given in appreciation and recognition of outstanding contributions to NYS agriculture through support of PRO-DAIRY.
The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets has issued a letter to New York dairy and livestock producers signed by David Smith, DVM, Director, Division of Animal Industry, with Mortality Disposal Guidance.
While spring field activities are well underway, a key deadline is approaching quickly – June 1 to participate in the MPP-Dairy program. In February 2018 Congress approved modifications to the MPP program, which potentially changed the value of the program for small to midsize dairy producers.
Environmental groups sued NYS DEC claiming that aspects of the Clean Water Act Permit (GP-0-16-002) do not meet Clean Water Act requirements. The ECL Permit was not challenged. The full implications of the April 24 NYS Supreme Court Decision are not yet known, but the Court found that the permit process should allow for more public engagement to meet the public participation requirements of the Clean Water Act. More information will be shared as it becomes available.
With warmer weather finally in the forecast, farms are poised to move a lot of manure in the coming weeks. Before transferring manure to fields, check soil conditions, tile outlets and weather forecast to see if prohibited or high risk conditions are present or if heavy or persistent rain is in the forecast. During wet weather, the CAFO Permit indicates that the Revised Winter and Wet Weather Guidelines should be followed.
New York Farm Bureau with support from Northeast Dairy Producers Association and PRO-DAIRY continue to work with NYS DEC to address challenges with the new regulations for waste tire usage. While discussions continue and progress is being made, the implementation deadline (May 2018) is approaching and many farms are taking steps to comply.
Based upon predictions of milk prices in the coming months, the next period of time looks to be even more challenging for our dairy farms than it has been. Dr. Andy Novakovic from Cornell’s Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management authored a short paper focused on the recent changes to the Margin Protection Program incorporated into the passage of the federal budget bill.
The Herd Manager Training is an educational program for dairy farmers, dairy farm employees and agri-service people who work directly with dairy cows. The program is designed to increase participant’s knowledge of best management practices for dairy cattle management.
The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia on February 1 granted EPA’s motion to delay (“stay”) air emission reporting requirements for livestock operations until May 1, 2018. We hope that this will give the agency, and perhaps Congress, time to help provide additional clarity to the situation.
Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY is offering a seven-week Transition Cow Management online course April 2 through May 18, 2018. Topics include: nutritional strategies for transition cows, fresh cow health management, metabolic disease, non-nutritional management and monitoring health.
Air emissions reporting of ammonia or hydrogen sulfide from barns and manure storage is not required by the previously looming January 22 potential deadline because EPA on January 19 filed a motion to extend the stay for another 90 days.