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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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July 14, 2020
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July 21, 2020
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Most Recent Current Projects Content

Spreading Dogbane - A problematic weed in SWNY

Joshua Putman, Field Crops and Forage Specialist
Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Program

Last Modified: July 6, 2020
Spreading Dogbane - A problematic weed in SWNY

Josh Putman, Field Crops Specialist with the SWNY Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops program recently ran across a plant in a hay field that had not been worked for a few years and was very difficult to identify. Pictures of the weed were sent to Cornell's Weed Ecology and Management Laboratory and correctly identified.  Spreading dogbaneApocynum androsaemifolium, is in the same family as milkweeds and swallowworts, and the same genus as hemp dogbane. This perennial plant is found in open, dry areas and in disturbed habitats throughout New York and most of the US and Canada.


Dicamba Notice to Users, Distributors and Sellers - June 29, 2020

Joshua Putman, Field Crops and Forage Specialist
Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Program

Last Modified: July 1, 2020
Dicamba Notice to Users, Distributors and Sellers - June 29, 2020

On June 3, 2020, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit vacated EPA's registration of three products containing the active ingredient dicamba, which effectively cancelled their federal registrations. The three products are: Xtendimax with Vaporgrip Technology, Engenia, and FeXapan.

On June 8, 2020, in response to the Court's decision, EPA issued a Cancellation Order for these three products. In light of the Court's decision associated with these registrations and the provisions of EPA's Cancellation Order to implement that decision, DEC is taking these actions:

1) Registrations - The registrations of the three products will be cancelled as of July 31, 2020 in accordance with the provisions of ECL Section 33-0713. Thirty days' notice will be provided to the registrants of these products.

2) Distribution or Sale - Distribution or sale of existing stocks of the three products shall be limited as follows:

  • Distribution or sale by registrants is prohibited immediately, except for distribution for the purposes of proper disposal.
  • Distribution or sale of products that are already in the possession of someone other than the registrant is permitted only for disposal or to facilitate return to the registrant or a registered establishment.
  • Distribution or sale by commercial applicators is permitted to facilitate use no later than July 31, 2020.

3) Use - All use, including storage of open containers, is prohibited after July 31, 2020.

Questions about dicamba may be directed to pesticidecompliance@dec.ny.gov or ppr@dec.ny.gov or by calling 518-402-8727. 


Identifying Risk is the First Step to Managing It

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

Last Modified: July 1, 2020

The South Central NY Dairy & Field Crops Team recently shared information on identifying risk on the farm - the first step to managing it! Many farms have taken a closer look at their risk management efforts in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and its market disruptions. Risk Management involves looking at the areas of your farm that include: Production, Marketing, Financial, Legal, and Human. For more help on diagnosing your farm's risk management areas, read this article from Mary Kate and connect with Katelyn Walley-Stoll, Farm Business Management Specialist. 


Don't Forget Your Residential Agricultural Discount Application

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

Last Modified: June 18, 2020

Farms have until July 1st to apply or reapply for the Residential Agricultural Discount. 


Farm Safety Plans

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

Last Modified: June 11, 2020

One More Reminder, because it's REALLY IMPORTANT, Farm Safety Plan is REQUIRED

In order to protect the health and safety of your employees & farm, and from a legal risk management/liability perspective, be sure to complete your Farm Safety Plan ASAP. I know the sun is shining, the cows need to be milked, and sitting in front of a computer is the last thing you want to do right now - BUT this is a requirement regardless of your farm's size, employee numbers, production area, etc.


Black Cutworm and True Armyworm Moth Captures and Weed Pressure in SWNY

Joshua Putman, Field Crops and Forage Specialist
Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Program

Last Modified: June 4, 2020
Black Cutworm and True Armyworm Moth Captures and Weed Pressure in SWNY

This week, Field Crops Specialist, Josh Putman, with the Southwest NY Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops program scouted traps and fields throughout the region. In Avoca, NY, both moth species were present having 7 cutworm and 10 armyworm; not much larvae feeding was found. In Springville, NY 3 black cutworm and 3 armyworm were collected; we now have evidence of cutworm feeding on corn plants. According to Dr. Mike Stanyard of the NWNY Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops team, it is important to be out scouting your fields now for pest damage and economic threshold that may require management. In addition, with the warm temperatures and increased day length, we are seeing an increase of weed pressure in our field crop production systems. Summer annual weeds compete for sunlight, nutrients and water. Don't let these pests rob your crop yields!


CFAP Applications Still Accepted - Call Your Local FSA Office Today!

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

Last Modified: June 4, 2020
CFAP Applications Still Accepted - Call Your Local FSA Office Today!

The Coronavirus Food Assistance Program is still accepting applications from qualifying agricultural producers. Be sure to give you local office a call ASAP! 

Allegany County: 585-268-5133 Cattaraugus County: 716-699-2375 Chautauqua County: 716-664-2351 Erie County: 716-652-1400 Steuben County: 607-776-7398



Cutworm and Armyworm Moth Captures Increase Significantly in Southwest NY

Joshua Putman, Field Crops and Forage Specialist
Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Program

Last Modified: May 28, 2020
Cutworm and Armyworm Moth Captures Increase Significantly in Southwest NY

Field Crops Specialist, Josh Putman, with the Southwest NY Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops program scouted traps and fields throughout the region. This week, moth captures increased significantly at both locations in the  region. In Avoca, NY, both moth species were present having 13 cutworm and 11 armyworm. Higher numbers were captured in Springville, NY with 21 black cutworm and 13 armyworm collected; no evident feeding from larvae was present in corn fields that were emerged. Field Crops Specialists from the Northwest NY Program are finding much higher numbers of both pests in their traps this week. Correct identification of the larvae and larvae feeding can be difficult; contact your local extension specialist for proper identification and management.


Dairy Market Watch - May 2020

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

Last Modified: May 26, 2020
Dairy Market Watch - May 2020

Dairy Market Watch is an educational newsletter to keep producers informed of changing market factors affecting the dairy industry. Dairy Market Watch is published on the last Tuesday of every month, funded in part by Cornell Pro-Dairy, and is compiled by Katelyn Walley-Stoll, Business Management Specialist with the Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock & Field Crops Program.


Monitoring Your Alfalfa Fields for Weevil

Joshua Putman, Field Crops and Forage Specialist
Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Program

Last Modified: May 20, 2020
Monitoring Your Alfalfa Fields for Weevil

Despite this cold, wet spring, which has delayed planting and other farming efforts across NY, our pests and diseases continue to rear their ugly heads. This serves as a reminder that we need to continue to be vigilant with our scouting efforts for early detection of pests to make sound management decisions.


COVID-19: Farm Leadership Must Persevere to Victory

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

Last Modified: May 14, 2020
COVID-19: Farm Leadership Must Persevere to Victory

While some regions across the state are beginning their phased re-opening, we have to remember that we must continue to prioritize farm worker health and safety. Now is not the time to relax precautions. Rich Stup of Cornell's Agricultural Workforce Development program shares strategies for continuing to remain vigilant that includes assigning cleaning details, developing SOP's, and transparent (and socially distant) communication.


Soil Temperatures and Insect Captures Remain Low in Southwest New York

Joshua Putman, Field Crops and Forage Specialist
Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Program

Last Modified: May 14, 2020
Soil Temperatures and Insect Captures Remain Low in Southwest New York

As daytime temperatures struggle to get above 50 F and nighttime temperatures falling below freezing, soils in Southwest NY are warming at a slow pace. Average soil temperatures across the SWNY region ranged from 42-56 F. Black cutworm and true armyworm moth counts also remain low as Avoca, NY had 0 black cutworm and 2 armyworm. Springville, NY location had 2 black cutworm and 3 armyworm moths in the traps. Weekly monitoring of these pests will continue and as temperatures continue to rise, we need to be scouting our fields for potential larvae. Contact Field Crop Specialist, Josh Putman, with the SWNY Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops team for correct pest identification. For additional information, see the Crop Alert provided by the NWNY Diary, Livestock and Field Crops team.






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Upcoming Events

Food Industry Virtual Office Hours

July 9, 2020
4pm-5pm

Food Industry Virtual Office Hours

Thursday, July 9, 2020 | 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm (EDT)

Join us for our weekly Q&A and facilitated discussions during our Food Industry Virtual Office Hours to address questions on COVID-19. Speak directly to subject matter experts in sanitation, epidemiology, microbiology, virology, food safety culture, business continuity and the food safety of dairy foods, fresh fruits and vegetables, and processed foods and beverages.

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Marketing Workshop for Fiber Farmers and Fiber Artists

July 11, 2020
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Join Laura Biasillo from Broom County Cooperative Extension for a morning of discussion on marketing fiber on July 11th from 9:00AM - 11:30AM. This workshop includes the topics of marketing strategies, how to conduct market research, creating a plan to reach customers, and networking with local fiber farmers and makers. The workshop will be held over Zoom and will be $20 to attend. More about this event and the registration link can be found here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/localfiber-marketing-workshop-tickets-90854071975
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Tick IPM #3: Asian Longhorned Tick IPM

July 13, 2020
11:00 am

The Asian longhorned tick (ALT) is a threat to companion animals, livestock and potentially also to wildlife. So far this species in the US has not been found infected with human pathogens. There is still a lot we don't know about ALTs, so this free webinar will serve as an overview of what we do know about the biology, ecology, and vectorial capacity of this tick species?and how existing approaches for combating native ticks may either work or backfire on this species. The presenters will also discuss other invasive tick species in the US and the potential for additional ones to become established.
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Announcements

From our Team to Yours: COVID-19 Resources for Dairy Farmers

The South Central NY Dairy and Field Crops Team has compiled a list of articles on their blog that we think may be useful to dairy producers and their service providers as we all navigate the COVID-19 situation. Please stay safe and reach out to our team if you have questions or need help finding information. We are here to help with tools and resources to support all of the normal day-to-day dairy, livestock, and field crop management considerations, in addition to emerging topics related to COVID-19.

Do you have visitors or employees travelling outside of the state?

They might need to quarantine! In response to the high rates of COVID-19 happening in other parts of the country, the NYS Department of Health will be requiring anyone entering NY from restricted states to quarantine for 14 days. For essential farm laborers, this would involve an employee seeking COVID-19 diagnostic testing within 24 hours of entering the state, monitoring their temperature and symptoms while wearing a face covering in public spaces, and avoiding extended periods of time in public. The CAN continue to work while following proper protocols during this time. For more information, read this post from Cornell Agricultural Workforce Development or contact our Farm Business Management Specialist, Katelyn Walley-Stoll.



Dicamba Notice to Users, Distributors and Sellers - June 29, 2020

On June 3, 2020, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit vacated EPA's registration of three products containing the active ingredient dicamba, which effectively cancelled their federal registrations. The three products are: Xtendimax with Vaporgrip Technology, Engenia, and FeXapan.
On June 8, 2020, in response to the Court's decision, EPA issued a Cancellation Order for these three products. In light of the Court's decision associated with these registrations and the provisions of EPA's Cancellation Order to implement that decision, DEC is taking these actions:
1) Registrations - The registrations of the three products will be cancelled as of July 31, 2020 in accordance with the provisions of ECL Section 33-0713. Thirty days' notice will be provided to the registrants of these products.
2) Distribution or Sale - Distribution or sale of existing stocks of the three products shall be limited as follows:
• Distribution or sale by registrants is prohibited immediately, except for distribution for the purposes of proper disposal.
• Distribution or sale of products that are already in the possession of someone other than the registrant is permitted only for disposal or to facilitate return to the registrant or a registered establishment.
• Distribution or sale by commercial applicators is permitted to facilitate use no later than July 31, 2020.
3) Use - All use, including storage of open containers, is prohibited after July 31, 2020.
Questions about dicamba may be directed to pesticidecompliance@dec.ny.gov or ppr@dec.ny.gov or by calling 518-402-8727. 


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