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.