Monday, February 11, 2013

Learn New Corn Harvesting Technique at Program This Week

Farmers in Northern New York will be gathering for the annual North Country Crop Congresses Feb. 12 and 13.

The latest and most up-to-date information for producing corn – including a new harvesting technique - will be presented along with an agribusiness trade show. The Feb. 12 event is at the Ramada Inn in Watertown and Feb. 13 at the Miner Institute in Chazy.

Dairy Science Professor Randy Shaver of the University of Wisconsin will present information on the potential of corn shredlage to be the new corn silage option for Northern New York dairy producers. Corn shredlage involves chopping the corn silage to longer length, and ripping and tearing the valuable dairy forage crop. Shaver has studied the impact of feeding corn shredlage to lactating dairy cows.

The speakers‘ roster at each Crop Congress also includes Russ Hahn of Cornell University providing the latest research data for controlling weeds in corn, Bill Cox of Cornell University sharing the latest results of corn production research trials on farms in New York, and an update on crop insurance options for crop growers.

The Crop Congress in Watertown costs $25 at the door. Call Mike Hunter at Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County at 788-8450.

There is no cost for the Chazy crop congress; lunch will be available for $5. Call Eric Young at (518) 846-7121, ext. 113.

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