Impact In New York

Current Issues Addressed by the Team:

  • Introduce the principles of Precision Feed Management to provide cows the necessary nutrients to maintain profitability and environmental sustainability
  • Help farm operators improve cow comfort and health and increase labor efficiency through remodeling or building new dairy facilities.
  • Bring to dairy producers the latest information regarding dairy nutrition.
  • Assist crop producers with species selection and developing profitable crop rotations while emphasizing the use of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) techniques
  • Provide training on nutrient management so producers make the best use of plant nutrients while protecting the environment.




CNYDLFC Quarterly Report 2nd Quarter 2021

Highlights include: Farm Financial Management Tuesdays, First Cutting Forage Quality Monitoring, Additional Support Through the Growing Season, Ashley McFarland assumes Advisory Role for NY Beef Producers Association, and Digital Agri-Marketing.  Updates on other educational activities as well as grant and project activities are outlined.

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CNYDLFC Quarterly Report 1st Quarter 2021

Highlights include: Virtual Corn Day, Virtual Soybean Summit, Virtual Dairy Days, Dairy Forward Grant Program, Marketing Ag Products, and USDA Value Added Producer Grant Writing Program.  Updates on other education activities as well as grant and project activities are outlined.

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CNYDLFC Annual Report 2020

Pre-COVID, the Central New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Team conducted 35 in-person meetings with 669 people in attendance. This report is a sampling of those activities.

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CNYDLFC Quarterly Report 3rd Quarter 2020

Highlights include: Corn Harvest 2020, Is Your Animal Ready for Harvest, Dialing in Your Best Dairy Part 2, Early Corn Silage Harvest 2020 webinar, PPP & USDA-CFAP. Also find the Other Educational Activities and Grants & Projects for the quarter.

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CNYDLFC Quarterly Report 2nd Quarter 2020

Highlights include: farewell from Kevin Ganoe, Dialing Into Your Best Dairy, summer intern Peter Burritt, Meet Erik Smith, new Area Field Crops Specialist, Meat Marketing Zoom Workshop; Other Educational activities; Grant & Project Activities.

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CNYDLFC Report First Quarter 2020

Highlights this quarter include: "Dairy Day Helps Producers Increase their Milk Price and Milk Income", "Mitigating Financial Risk at the Farm Gate", "Corn Day Emphasizes Soil Health and What Grows in Soil, Meat Marketing Workshop, and "Team Programming and the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak". Updates on other education activities as well as grant and project activities are outlined.

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CNYDLFC Quarterly Report 4th Quarter 2019

Highlights this quarter include: "Cow Comfort Workshops Help to Unleash Milk Production Potential," "Sheep and Goat Nutrition Clinic," Empire State Barley & Malt Summit," "Meet & Greet with Dr. Chris Wolf, the new Milk Marketing Specialist at Cornell," and "QuickBooks Education for Producers: The need for digitized farm finances." Updates on other education activities as well as grant and project activities are outlined.

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CNYDLFC Annual Report 2019

In the past year the Central New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Team has
conducted 61 meetings on 23 different topics with 1025 people in attendance. This report is a sampling of those activities.

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CNYDLFC Quarterly Report Third Quarter 2019

Highlights this quarter include: "Sexual Harassment Training for Employers," "FAMACHA Workshops," Corn Silage Meetings," "Dairy Cattle Summer Research Updates," "Helping Corn Growers Understand GDD's."  Updates on other education activities as well as grant and project activities are outlined.

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CNYDLFC Quarterly Report Second Quarter 2019

2019 Second Quarter Highlights: First Cutting Monitoring; Understanding Expected Progeny Differences; Helping local farms through a difficult cropping season; Ins and Outs of the Dairy Margin Coverage Program; Helping hog producers understand the potential loss from African Swine Fever.  Also read about the other educational activities and the grant and project activities from April-June.

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CNYDFC Quarterly Report First Quarter 2019

2019 First Quarter Highlights: Educational Activities: Dairy Day; Livestock Techniques; Succession Planning; Dairy Alternatives; Forage Quality Testing; Labor Roadshow; Determining Rental Rates; Annie's Project; Marketing Mini Grant; Field Crop Pest Management; Corn Day; Johne's Disease Prevention; FAMACHA Training; Beef Producer's meeting; Forage Quality Seminars. 

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CNYDLFC Quarterly Report 4th Quarter 2018

2018 4th Quarter Highlights: Educational Activities: Central NY Beef Producers Fall Feeder Calf Sale Leads to Higher Prices; Calving and Neonatal Calf Care Training; Blueprint for Change: Navigating Dairy Decision Making; Determining Rental Rates on the Farm; Manure Storage and Management Workshop. Other Educational Activities this quarter; Grant and Project Activities this quarter.

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CNYDLFC Annual Report 2018

Our annual report of our educational programming over the last year.

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CNYDLFC Quarterly Report Third Quarter 2018

2018 3rd Quarter Highlights: Educational Activities: Twilight Beef Producer Meetings; Pre-Harvest Corn Silage Meetings; Empire Farm Days.  Current Projects and Grants: Risk Management Crop Insurance Grant; NYFVI Grant; Dairy Acceleration Program; Blueprint for Change; Grasstravaganza. Emerging Issues and Individual Assistance; In-Service and Professional Development; Public Relations; Next Quarter and Future Activities

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CNYDLFC Quarterly Report Second Quarter 2018

2018 2nd Quarter Highlights: Team Administration: Nicole Tommel hired; Current Projects and Grants: Spring Forage Quality Monitoring, Montgomery Co Agriculture Microenterprise Grant Facilitator, Monitoring program for soybean producers, NYFVI Grant, Dairy Acceleration Program, Grasstravaganza, Monitor insect pests; Educational Activities: Improved Forage Quality; Emerging Issues and Individual Assistance; In-Service and Professional Development; Newsletters and Media; Public Relations; Next Quarter and Future Activities

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CNYDLFC Quarterly Report 1st Quarter 2018

2018 1st Quarter Highlights: Educational Activities: 2018 Central NY Dairy Day; CAFO Off-Road Show; Field Crop Pest Management Meetings; 2018 Corn Day; Dairy Farm Business Planning in Uncertain & Challenging Times; Academy for Dairy Executives; Hay School.  Current Projects and Grants: Using forage quality to improve the corn silage hybrid selection process on dairy farms; Dairy Acceleration Program.  Emerging Issues and Individual Assistance; Speaking Opportunities; Public Relations; Newsletters; Next Quarter and Future Activities.

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CNYDLFC Annual Report 2017

Our annual report of our educational programming over the last year.

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CNYDLFC Quarterly Report 4th Quarter 2017

2017 4th Quarter Highlights: Educational Activities: Dairy Feeder Schools; Annual Feed Dealer Meeting; Equine Forage Quality Meeting; Why Should you Vaccinate Cattle; Academy for Dairy Executives.  Current Projects and Grants: Central New York Feeder Calf Sale; NYFVI Grant-Using forage quality testing to improve the corn silage hybrid selection process on dairy farms; FINPACK; Portable Beef Handling System; Empire State Barley and Malt Summit. Speaking Opportunities;  Emerging Issues and Individual Assistance; In-service & Professional Development; Next Quarter and Future Activities.

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CNYDLFC Quarterly Report Third Quarter 2017

2017 Third Quarter Highlights: Educational Activities: Pre-harvest Corn Silage Meetings, Twilight Beef Management Meetings; Summer Dairy Research Update; Current Projects and Grants: NYFVI-Using precision feed management to improve profitability on dairy farms, Using forage quality testing to improve the corn silage hybrid selection process on dairy farms; Scouting program for soybean producers; FINPAK for livestock producers; Dairy Acceleration Program (DAP).  Speaking Opportunities; Emerging Issues and Individual Assistance; Public Relations; Newsletters & Media; In-Service and Professional Development; Next Quarter and Future Activities

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CNYDLFC Quarterly Report Second Quarter 2017

2017 Second Quarter Highlights: New Regional Livestock Specialist, Summer Intern; Educational Activities: Conservation Tillage Inservice for SWCDs, Current Projects and Grants: Spring Forage Quality Monitoring, NY Farm Viability Institute Income Over Feed Cost Grant, Dairy Feeder Schools, Dairy Acceleration Program, Academy for Dairy Executives, Avipel Study, Monitor Insect Pests with Pheromone Traps, FINPACK for Livestock Producers; Emerging Issues and Individual Assistance; In-Service & Professional Development; Next Quarter and Future Activities

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CNYDFC Quarterly Report First Quarter 2017

2017 First Quarter Educational Activities: 2017 Central NY Dairy Day, Field Crop Pest Management Meetings, Winter Dairy Management Meeting and 2017 Corn Day. Current Projects and Grants: NY Farm Viability Institute Income Over Feed Cost Grant, Dairy Acceleration Program. Also see Emerging Issues and Individual Assistance, Team Administration and Speaking Opportunities.

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CNYDFC Annual Report 2016

Our annual report of our educational programming over the last year.

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CNYDFC Quarterly Report Second Quarter 2016

2016 2nd quarter Educational Activities: Summer Dairy Reproduction Update, Spring Forage Quality Monitoring.  Current Projects and Grants: Malting Barley Management Project and NY Farm Viability Institute Income Over Feed Cost Program. Also see Speaking Opportunities, In-service & Professional Development, Emerging Issues & Individual Assistance, Newsletters & Media and Next Quarter & Future Activities.

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CNYDFC Quarterly Report First Quarter 2016

2016 First Quarter Educational Activities: 2016 Central NY Dairy Day, Field Crop Pest Management Meetings, Academy for Dairy Executives, Milk Marketing WebEx Program, Winter Dairy Management, 2016 Corn Day and Hay Schools. Current Projects and Grants: NY Farm Viability Institute Income Over Feed Cost Grant, Dairy Acceleration Program. Also see Emerging Issues and Individual Assistance, Speaking Opportunities, In-service & Professional Development and Newsletters & Media.

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CNYDFC Annual Report 2015

Our Annual Report of our educational programming over the last year

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CNYDFC Quarterly Report Third Quarter 2015

2015 third quarter Educational Activities: Soil Health Field Day and No-Till Drill Demonstration. Current Projects & Grants: Malting Barley Sampling Project and NYFVI Precision Feeding Management Grant. Also see Speaking Opportunities, Current Projects and Grants, Emerging Issues & Individual Assistance, Public Relations and Next Quarter & Future Activities.

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CNYDFC Quarterly Report Second Quarter 2015

2015 2nd quarter Educational Activities: Winter Dairy Management. Current Projects and Grants: NY Farm Viability Grant for Selecting Malting Barley Varieties, Winter Forage Trials, Spring Forage Quality Monitoring, National Fish & Wildlife Foundation Precision Feed & Corn Nitrogen Management Grants, NYFVI Grant Application Approval and Cover Crop Field Day.  Also see Speaking Opportunities, Emerging Issues & Individual Assistance, Newsletters & Media and Next Quarter & Future Activities.

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CNYDFC Quarterly Report First Quarter 2015

2015 First Quarter Educational Activities: 2015 Central NY Dairy Day (East & West), Milk Quality Webinar, 2015 Corn Day and Small Grains Meeting. Current Projects and Grants: NY Farm Viability Grant for Selecting Malting Barley Varieties and Dairy Acceleration Program. Also see Emerging Issues and Individual Assistance, Speaking Opportunities, In-service & Professional Development, Newsletters & Media, and Next Quarter & Future Activities.

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CNYDFC Annual Report 2014

Our Annual Report of our educational programming over the last year.

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CNYDFC Quarterly Report Fourth Quarter 2014

2014 4th Quarter Educational Activities: Calf Management Training, Tile Drainage School, Income Tax Strategies for Agricultural Producers, Margin Protection Program and Annual Feed Dealers Meeting. Current Projects and Grants: National Fish & Wildlife Foundation Precision Feed & Corn Nitrogen Management Grants, NYFVI Grant Application and Low Cost Milking Parlor.  Also see Speaking Opportunities, Emerging Issues and Individual Assistance, In-service & Professional Development and Next Quarter & Future Activities.

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CNYDFC Quarterly Report Third Quarter 2014

2014 third quarter Educational Activities: Open House/Drive Yourself Tour, Academy for Dairy Executives, Soil Health & Residue Management and Margin Protection Program.  Current Projects & Grants: Guide for Low Cost Parlors, NY Farm Viability Grant for Selecting Malting Barley Varieties, National Fist & Wildlife Foundation Precision Feed Management & Corn Nitrogen Management Grans and Soybean Scouting Program. Also see Public Relations, Speaking Opportunities and Next Quarter & Future Activities.

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CNYDFC Quarterly Report Second Quarter 2014

2014 2nd quarter Educational Activities: Hoof Health & Lameness Program and Soil Health & Residue Management.  Current Projects and Grants: Dairy Acceleration Program, NY Farm Viability Grant for Selecting Malting Barley Varieties, Winter Forage Trials and Spring Forage Quality Monitoring. Also see Emerging Issues & Individual Assistance, Speaking Opportunities, and Next Quarter & Future Activities.

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CNYDFC Quarterly Report First Quarter 2014

2014 First Quarter Educational Activities: 2014 Dairy Day, Winter Dairy Management Schools, 2014 Corn Day, Field Crop Pest Management Meetings, OSHA Preparation Meetings, Calf Health & Nutrition Conference, Cornell Dairy Executives Program and Hay Baleage & Forage Quality School. Current Projects & Grants: NY Farm Viability Grant for Selecting Malting Barley Varieties, Dairy Acceleration Program and National Fish & Wildlife Foundation Precision Feed Management & Corn Nitrogen Management Grants. Also see Emerging Issues and Individual Assistance, Newsletters & Media, and Next Quarter & Future Activities.

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CNYDFC Annual Report 2013

Our annual report of our educational programming over the last year.

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CNYDFC Quarterly Report Third Quarter 2013

2013 third quarter Educational Activities: Corn Nitrogen Management Demonstration, Soybean Scouting Program.  Current Projects & Grants: Conservation Tillage Expert Panel, Academy for Dairy Executives, Dairy Acceleration Program, NYFVI Malting Barley trials, National Fish & Wildlife Foundation Precision Feed Management & Corn Nitrogen Management Grants.  Also see Newsletters & Media, Public Relations, Emerging Issues & Individual Assistance, Professional Development and Next Quarter & Future Activities.

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CNYDFC Quarterly Report Second Quarter 2013

2013 2nd quarter Educational Activities: Spring Forage Quality Monitoring and Soybean Scouting Program. Emerging Issues & Individual Assistance: Profit Teams, Facilities Information and Weather Impact on Crop Production. Also see Public Relations, Newsletters & Media, and Current Projects and Grants: NYFVI Dairy Modernization Grant Proposal, Dairy Acceleration Program, NYFVI Malting Barley Trials and National Fish & Wildlife Foundation Precision Feed Management & Corn Nitrogen Management Grants. Also see Professional Development and Next Quarter & Future Activities.

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CNYDFC First Quarterly Report 2013

2013 First Quarter Educational Activities: 2013 Corn Day, 2013 Dairy Day, Field Crop Pest Management Meetings, Putting Your Feeding Program to Work, Winter Dairy Management Schools and Soybean Management Meeting. Current Projects & Grants: National Fish & Wildlife Foundation Precision Feed Management & Corn Nitrogen Management Grants and New York Farm Viability Institute Funds Testing Barley Varieties for Malting Characteristics. Also see Emerging Issues & Individual Assistance, Speaking Opportunities, Public Relations, Newsletters & Media and Next Quarter & Future Activities.

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CNYDFC Annual Report 2012

Our Annual Report of our educational programming over the last year.

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CNYDFC Quarterly Report Third Quarter 2012

2012 third quarter Educational Activities: Notill Tour & Demonstration, Taking Precision Feeding to the Next Level and On Farm Fly Control Meetings.  Emerging Issues & Individual Assistance. Current Projects & Grants: National Fish & Wildlife Foundation Precision Feed Management & Corn Nitrogen Management Grants. Also see Speaking Opportunities, Public Relations, Newsletters & Media, Professional Development and Next Quarter & Future Activities.

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CNYDFC Quarterly Report Second Quarter 2012

2012 2nd quarter Educational Activities: NYS Soil & Water Conservation Districts Boot Camp, Spring Forage Quality Monitoring and Soybean Scouting Program. Emerging Issues & Individual Assistance: Army Worms & Potato Leafhoppers, Corn Planting Issues, Dairy Nutrition, Ventilation and Weather Impact on Crop Production. Also see Newsletters & Media.  Current Projects and Grants: National Fish & Wildlife Foundation Precision Feed Management & Corn Nitrogen Management Grants, NY State IPM Program Grants and Sclerotinia White Mold Control Demonstrations. Also see Professional Development and Next Quarter & Future Activities.

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CNYDFC Quarterly Report First Quarter 2012

2012 First Quarter Educational Activities: 2012 Dairy Day, Group Housed Calf Raising Seminar, Field Crop Pest Management Meetings, 2012 Corn Day and Soybean Management Meeting.  Also see Speaking Opportunities and Newsletters & Media.  Current Projects & Grants: National Fish & Wildlife Foundation Precision Feed Management & Corn Nitrogen Management Grants and NY State IPM Program Grants. Also see Individual Assistance & Emerging Issues, Professional Development, Team Administration and Next Quarter & Future Activities.

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CNYDFC Annual Report 2011

Our annual report of our educational programming over the last year.

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CNYDFC Annual Report 2010

Our annual report of our educational programming over the last year.

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Upcoming Events

Integrated Parasite Management for Goats & Sheep Workshop - Herkimer

September 28, 2021
Herkimer, NY

Includes FAMACHA Training/Certification and How to do Fecal Egg ID/Counting

Laying Out a Grazing System: A Program for Veterans

October 1, 2021
Eaton, NY

Free for any Active-Duty Military and Veterans residing in New York State are eligible to attend; non-veterans will be allowed on a space available basis; registration will be capped at 20 attendees.

Annie's Project: Risk Management for Farm Women

November 1, 2021
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Are you a woman engaged in farming in NYS? Would you like to learn and network with other farm women, and learn how to strengthen your farming operation? Join Cornell Cooperative Extensions of Allegany, Broome, Oneida, Steuben, and Seneca counties, along with the Central NY Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops team, for our first virtual Annie's Project this winter! 

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Updated Meeting Guidelines

Effective June 1, 2021, the size limit for outdoor field meetings (including open-air, well ventilated barns) may be held up to 500 participants.

Effective June 11, 2021, the size limit for indoor meetings may be held up to 250 participants.  If the indoor event is held at a business, the business may implement other requirements for participants in accordance with NYS and CDC guidelines, which may include requiring proof of vaccination, separate individuals and designate part of the establishment based on vaccination status, and require masks/social distance for all patrons or just those unvaccinated.

For both types of meetings, masks are only required for unvaccinated attendees and they also need to maintain 6' social distance during the event.  Vaccination status is based on self-reporting.  Masks and hand sanitizer will be available for participants.  The NYS, CDC, and Cornell University guidelines will be monitored and we will adjust meeting guidance accordingly.

Dairy Producer Considerations When Dealing with High Grain Prices

by David R. Balbian, CCE Area Dairy Management Specialist

We have been here before. Back in mid-July of 2012, corn got up over $8.00/bu @ the Chicago Board of trade. As I write this corn is approaching $7.00/bu. Soybeans got up to the mid $17/bu. range in late August of 2012. Again, as I write this soybeans are in the mid-$15 range. Your cows do not care what these prices are. Major knee jerk cutbacks on grain feeding that shorts the cows on their nutritional requirements will only make a bad situation worse. Saving $1.00 on grain and losing $1.50 or $2.00 is bad business. The long-term impacts on reproduction will have lingering effects. Low production cannot be turned around until a new lactation begins. So, what to do? Although they will not be possible for everyone to implement, here are some tips and ideas to consider:

  • If you have your own corn grain or HMSC you are feeling good right now.
  • Harvest cover crops for feed in the very early boot stage. Wide swath mowing for quick drying and harvest between 35% to 40% dry matter will give you better results and retain nutrients. Check out Winter Forage: Windrow Compost vs. Photosynthetic Drying from Advanced Ag Systems' regarding wide swath mowing & quick drying. A link to the following article by Ralph Ward of Cumberland Valley Lab provides additional helpful details on the benefits of the proper dry matter: Avoid Fermentation Failure in Spring Silage
  • Timely harvest your first cutting & subsequent cuttings. Be on the lookout for our team's First Cutting Forage Quality data from Dr. Erik Smith every Tuesday evening or Wednesday morning. We are monitoring around 60 fields in our region. You will see targeted harvest dates for dairy quality feed.
  • Applying nitrogen to grasses can up crude protein levels (and yield). It may already be a bit late for some first cutting fields, but applications right after first cutting can really boost second cut yields and crude protein levels (reducing the need to purchase grain protein).
  • BMR Corn Silage could be more attractive now. Assess your own situation and consider it this year.
  • It's a long ways off, but if high corn grain prices persist high chopping corn silage this fall is something to consider if you have plenty of inventory.
  • Moving to a high corn silage diet if you have the inventory can reduce corn grain needs and may allow you to utilize some low cost protein such as feed grade urea. Work with your nutritionist to evaluate this option.
  • Look for & reduce feed shrink. This is spilled, wasted or spoiled feed. You can no longer afford excessive shrink.
  • Strategic group cows so you are not overfeeding late lactation cows.
  • Look around at various protein sources. Soybean meal is not the only game in town.
  • Be sure you are getting all you can out of the corn grain you are feeding. Grind it finer. Coarse ground corn is more likely to pass undigested.


Farmland Protection Implementation Grants Program

$52.5 MILLION AVAILABLE TO PROTECT NEW YORK FARMLAND
 
State Dedicates Highest Level of Funding Ever to Protect Valuable and At-Risk Farmland 

Each of New York's 10 Regions Will Be Allocated $5 Million for Conservation Easement Projects 


Eligibility Opportunities Expanded to Agroforestry, Equine, and Wine Sectors
Round 18 FPIG continues New York State's commitment to provide financial assistance to locally led farmland protection efforts. The Farmland Protection Implementation Grants Program provides financial assistance to counties, municipalities, soil and water conservation districts, and land trusts to enable them to implement farmland protection activities consistent with local agricultural and farmland protection plans. The most frequently funded activity is the purchase of agricultural conservation easements on individual farms. However, the program may also award funding to enable other implementation activities, such as amendments to local laws affecting agriculture, option agreements, and covering the transaction costs of donated agricultural conservation easements.

All farmland protection project applications must be submitted electronically through the New York State Grants Gateway. More information regarding the Grants Gateway can be found here.

Municipalities, counties, Soil and Water Conservation Districts, and land trusts are eligible to apply for grants of up to $2 million each to help offset the costs of individual conservation easement projects that protect viable agricultural land from being converted to non-agricultural use.
 
Eligibility criteria for the program have been adjusted to include the agroforestry, equine, and wine sectors, reflecting New York's diverse agricultural industry.  In addition, other closely aligned State goals have been integrated into the eligibility criteria to allow multiple objectives for certain projects, including food security, climate resiliency, and source water protection.  Another first for the program, an incentive payment is now available to participating landowners whose project specifically incorporates climate resiliency or source water protection. Soil health assessments are also now an eligible project cost.
 
There is no application deadline and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until available funds have been awarded to eligible projects. 
 
This funding opportunity continues the state's commitment to provide financial and technical assistance for farmland protection on a predictable two-year cycle and builds on the recent additions of the successful FPIG Dairy Transitions Farmland Protection Initiative and the FPIG Farm Operations in Transition Farmland Protection Initiative.