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.




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. 



Confined Spaces: Hazards of Manure Gases

Last Modified: November 13, 2023
Confined Spaces: Hazards of Manure Gases

While new manure handling systems are more efficient and reduce manual labor, farmers and ranchers must understand the hazards associated with working in and around confined spaces where manure is stored. Keep yourself and employees safe this season by understanding the risk of manure gases!



Selecting Seed Varieties

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

Last Modified: November 6, 2023
Selecting Seed Varieties

As we round out corn season, it's time to look back at the passing season and think about seed selection for next year. Here are some tips to keep in mind to help you select seed that fits your operational needs.


Corn Ear Rots and Mycotoxins

Last Modified: October 24, 2023
Corn Ear Rots and Mycotoxins

There are many pathogens that cause ear rots. Identify which ones are associated with mycotoxin contamination!


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Amy Barkley, Livestock Specialist
Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Program

Last Modified: October 3, 2023
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Soybean Cyst Nematode in NY

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

Last Modified: October 2, 2023
Soybean Cyst Nematode in NY

Soybean Cyst Nematode is the #1 yield reducing pest of soybeans. It cannot be eradicated entirely, so read on to learn more about the impact of this pest and management strategies. 


It's Soil Sampling Season

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

Last Modified: September 19, 2023
It's Soil Sampling Season

Soil testing is the building block of any fertilizer management program, allowing you to evaluate your pH, organic matter, and various macronutrient and micronutrient levels in your soil. Fall is a popular time of year to take soil samples, so let's discuss how to get your soil from the field and into the lab for analysis.


Adding an Insecticide to your Soybean Herbicide Tank Mix

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

Last Modified: July 11, 2023
Adding an Insecticide to your Soybean Herbicide Tank Mix

If you're going to apply herbicides to your soybeans and know that aphids are present, should you add an insecticide to the tank mix? Check out this article to learn some considerations for making this decision on your farm. 






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Reporting Winter Storm Damage - It's Important!

Winter's here, and with that comes high winds, heavy snow loads, power outages, and damages that negatively impact your farm business. Katelyn Walley shares the importance of documenting damages and reporting them here, along with key contact information.