Grains

GrainsGrain crops such as corn, soybeans and small grains are grown on over 100,000 acres in the five county area of Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, and Steuben each year.




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Cornell Seed Growers Field Day

July 2, 2024
Ithaca, NY

2024 Aurora Farm Field Day

Event Offers DEC Credits

August 1, 2024
Aurora, NY

Does a warm winter mean increased insect pressure?

Katelyn Miller, Field Crops and Forage Specialist
Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Program

Last Modified: June 17, 2024
Does a warm winter mean increased insect pressure?

The past winter, the weather proved to be one for the record books. New records were set for high temperatures, snowfall was low, and Lake Erie remained ice free. What might this mean for pest pressure? Check out this article to find out. 


All Things Tillage

Katelyn Miller, Field Crops and Forage Specialist
Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Program

Last Modified: May 28, 2024
All Things Tillage

Do you have questions about tillage? You're not alone. Every management decision that gets made on the farm has tradeoffs, and tillage is no exception. Check out this article to learn more about some commonly asked tillage questions. 


Managing forage in the face of more frequent extreme weather events

Last Modified: May 3, 2024
Managing forage in the face of more frequent extreme weather events

The list of notable weather events in 2023 is long and varied — from drought In the forage world, wild swings in winter weather can be a concern for conditions in parts of the Midwest, to extreme flooding in portions of New England, to smoky skies from Canadian wildfires. Stepping back from the seasons' weather, to larger climate trends, 2023 set a new global record for the warmest year, and rainfall patterns continue to become more extreme. While we cannot manage the weather, understanding the increased likelihood of these events, and evaluating the goals of our forage program, provide the best chance to minimize the negative implications for these extreme events.


A Review of the Endangered Species Act and Pesticides: An Example

Katelyn Miller, Field Crops and Forage Specialist
Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Program

Last Modified: April 29, 2024
A Review of the Endangered Species Act and Pesticides: An Example

On March 20th, 2024, the Endangered Species Act Committee of the Weed Science Society of America (WSSA)'s hosted an informative webinar on how pesticide labels may change to protect endangered species. This article provides a quick summary of action items that were presented. You can also watch the recording on NYSIPM's YouTube channel. 


2024 Updates on Dicamba Tolerant Soybeans for NY Producers

Last Modified: April 5, 2024

On February 06, 2024, the U.S. district court in Arizona vacated 2020 registrations of three dicamba containing products (XtendiMax, Engenia and Tavium) for over-the-top (OTT) applications in dicamba-tolerant (Xtend and XtendFlex) soybean. In response to the U.S. district court ruling, the EPA issued an Existing Stock Order on February 14, 2024, that allows limited sale, distribution, and use of these dicamba OTT products that were already in the possession of growers, distributors or in the channels of trade and outside the control of pesticide companies as of February 06, 2024. Learn what this means for you as a soybean grower.


Integrated Pest Management

Katelyn Miller, Field Crops and Forage Specialist
Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Program

Last Modified: March 19, 2024
Integrated Pest Management

Increasing concerns over environmental sustainability in agriculture have spurred interest in Integrated Pest Management (IPM). This approach combines various techniques to control pests while minimizing environmental impact. Check out this article to learn more about IPM and how it can impact your pest management decisions.


Productive Shop Checklist

Last Modified: March 5, 2024
Productive Shop Checklist

The beginning of March has been uncharacteristically warm but we can't forget that there is likely more winter ahead of us. Take the time to check out your farm shop and get it ready for a busy spring and summer season while there's still time. 


Considerations for N-fixing biologicals in corn production

Last Modified: February 6, 2024
Considerations for N-fixing biologicals in corn production

In recent years, products containing nitrogen (N) fixing bacteria have been marketed for their ability to supply N to a corn crop. Biologicals are generally understood to provide N throughout the growing season as microbes are active but the main question is: How do we determine if a biological (1) improves yield; and/or (2) reduces the need for fertilizer N? 


Preparing and Storing Farm Equipment for Winter

Last Modified: January 10, 2024
Preparing and Storing Farm Equipment for Winter

Winter in the Northeast is notorious for extreme temperature changes and varying moisture levels. This article summarizes best practices from equipment manufacturers to keep your investments protected from harsh winter conditions.


Custom/Third Party Manure Applicator Registration - Update & Resources

Last Modified: December 4, 2023
Custom/Third Party Manure Applicator Registration - Update & Resources

NYSDEC now requires commercial manure applicators that apply manure on CAFO farms to register with the department and complete annual reporting. While applicators need to register by January 18, 2024 to be in compliance, it is recommended towait until after January 1, 2024 to do so. Kirsten Workman with PRO-DAIRY has provided comments about this new requirement and resources for registration.


2023 NY Pesticide Reporting Reminder Notice and Electronic Reporting Requirement

Last Modified: November 27, 2023
2023 NY Pesticide Reporting Reminder Notice and Electronic Reporting Requirement

If you currently hold an active certification allowing you to make commercial pesticide applications in calendar year 2023, you are required by law to submit an acceptable annual report of your pesticide applications (or lack thereof) no later than FEBRUARY 1, 2024. To ensure you submit an acceptable report to the DEC, check out this notice sharing reporting changes and common reporting issues.


Fall Lime Application

Katelyn Miller, Field Crops and Forage Specialist
Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Program

Last Modified: November 20, 2023
Fall Lime Application

Spring activities become overwhelming quick, so think about making lime applications now. Fall lime applications allow time for lime to react in the soil, and makes for one less task in the spring. 







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