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Final reports and results of our research can found throughout this site. But, because some of our work can span several years to gather information, review and summarize our findings, we want to keep you abreast of our current projects. Check back for updates on our progress. 




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Farm Tour

May 31, 2024
Holland, NY

Thank You, Camila! An Update from our Team Leader, Katelyn Walley

Katelyn Walley, Business Management Specialist and Team Leader
Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Program

Last Modified: May 8, 2024
Thank You, Camila! An Update from our Team Leader, Katelyn Walley

Our team has some sad news to share. Our outstanding Dairy Management Specialist, Camila Lage, is leaving Cornell Cooperative Extension as of May 1st, 2024.

 


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.


What the Ag Census Has to Say About Farm Labor

Katelyn Walley, Business Management Specialist and Team Leader
Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Program

Last Modified: March 20, 2024

The Ag Census counts Hired Farm Labor and collects data on the number of farms with hired labor, the total number of hired farm workers, and the total payroll paid for hired labor. Separately, the number of farms with migrant or contract labor and the total number of migrant workers is also collected. Farms can have both migrant and hired labor, and migrant labor is not included in the total payroll paid nor number of hired farm workers. Many farms also rely on unpaid farm labor that is typically performed by family members, and the ag census collects that data as well (although, it's not included here). 


Introduction to Worker Protection Standard

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

Last Modified: February 26, 2024
Introduction to Worker Protection Standard

The Worker Protection Standard regulation was originally issued in 1992 to reduce the risk of injury and illness resulting from pesticide exposures. It covers pesticides used in the production of agricultural plants on farms, forests, nurseries, and greenhouses. Determine if you fall under the Worker Protection Standard.


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? 


Reporting Winter Storm Damage - It's Important!

Katelyn Walley, Business Management Specialist and Team Leader
Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Program

Last Modified: January 16, 2024
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.


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!







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