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Weather Outlook - August 3, 2017

Aug 3, 2017
NOAA Northeast Regional Climate Center, Cornell University
Last week temperatures ranged from 4 degrees below-normal to 2 degrees above-normal. Precipitation ranged from less than a quarter inch to over 1 inch. Base 50 growing degree-days ranged from 70 to 150. Read more

2017 New York Grain Corn and Soybean Yield Contest

Aug 3, 2017
In spite of the very wet season New York growers have experienced thus far, there are still some really good looking crops out there!  Please consider entering them into the 2017 New York Grain Corn and Soybean Yield Contest.  The deadline for entry (and payment) is August 25th.  Download the entry form and rules here. Read more

Weather Outlook - July 27, 2017

Jul 28, 2017
NOAA Northeast Regional Climate Center, Cornell University
Last week temperatures ranged from 4 degrees below-normal to 2 degrees above-normal. Precipitation ranged from a quarter inch to over 4 inches (over 7” in Hammond!). Base 50 growing degree-days ranged from 80 to 160. Read more

Corn Diseases and Plant Health in a Wet Growing Season

Jul 25, 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

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

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