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Weather Outlook - July 20, 2017

Jul 20, 2017
NOAA Northeast Regional Climate Center, Cornell University
Last week temperatures ranged from 2 degrees below-normal to 3 degrees above-normal. Precipitation ranged from a quarter inch to over 3.5 inches. Base 50 growing degree-days ranged from 90 to 170. Read more

Capital Area Ag Report - July 20, 2017

Jul 20, 2017
I was in Utah last week for the National Association of Agricultural Agents.  At the tradeshow, they had a “steam generating machine” between the tractor and baler. Out there they have to add moisture to bale alfalfa so it does not crumble from the dryness.  What a contrast to our situation this year! Read more

Soil Health Center: Farmer Panels, Keynote and More at 2017 Empire Farm Days

Jul 19, 2017
The New York State Working Group for Improved Soil Health has announced a full schedule of activities for the Soil Health Center at the August 8, 9 and 10 Empire Farm Days at Rodman Lott and Son Farms in Seneca Falls, NY.

Activities include daily USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service presentations, farmer panel discussions, cover crop field plot tours, Read more

Shoreline septic systems deserve a closer look

Jul 18, 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 can 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

Hay and the 2016 New York State Fair

Jul 17, 2017
Following a dry summer in 2016, 40 bales were entered in the 2016 State Fair Hay Contest. Hay was entered from farms in Alton, Auburn, Bainbridge, Brooktondale, Cazenovia, Central Square, Croghan, Fulton, LaFayette, Moravia, Pompey, Richfield Springs, Sodus, and Tully. Hay was entered in one of nine Conventional Hay Classes or one of seven Organic Hay Classes. Read more

New York Buckwheat Contracts Filled

Jul 6, 2017
The Birkett Mills reports that is filled all it fits contracts for the 2017 growing season. As a consequence, New York growers who do not yet have a contract will not be able to use buckwheat as a catch crop. Read more

Weather Outlook – July 6, 2017

Jul 6, 2017
NOAA Northeast Regional Climate Center, Cornell University
Last week temperatures ranged from more than 3°F below normal to more than 3°F above normal. Precipitation ranged from a less than ¼” to more than 4 inches. Base 50 growing degree-days ranged from less than 70 to more than 170. Read more

Oneida County Scouting Report - June 30, 2017

Jun 30, 2017
The main issue is potato leaf hopper numbers over threshold in heavy alfalfa fields.
 
The second major issue is the potential for DON in wheat this year. Setting combines to blow out infected kernels and sampling for DON analysis. Read more

Weather Outlook - June 29, 2017

Jun 29, 2017
NOAA Northeast Regional Climate Center, Cornell University
Last week temperatures ranged from near-normal to 4 degrees below normal. Precipitation ranged from a quarter inch to over 4 inches (in Jefferson County). Base 50 growing degree-days ranged from 50 to 160. Read more

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