News from the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program:
North County farmers who want to learn more about the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program's latest projects should come to meetings Jan. 30 in Watertown and Feb. 27 in Chazy.
The research report sessions begin at 1 p.m. at the Ramada Inn in Watertown and at Miner Institute in Chazy. Registration is not required to attend.
The Northern New York Agricultural Development Program is a
farmer-driven research and technical assistance program serving all
sectors of the agricultural industry, from dairy and crops to livestock,
maple and horticultural production, in Jefferson, Lewis, St. Lawrence, Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties.
"The Northern New York Agricultural Development Program is noted for
producing real-world, practical results, and the 2014 project reports
live up to that expectation," says program Co-Chair Jon Greenwood, a
dairy producer in St. Lawrence County.
"Northern New York Agricultural Development Program small grants connect
North Country farmers with faculty, researchers, and specialists with
Cornell University, Cornell Cooperative Extension, the State University
of New York, W.H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute, and other
expertise to address critical needs and emerging opportunities," says
program Co-Chair Joe Giroux, a Clinton County dairyman.
Reports at the meetings will cover:
** Emerging corn and soybean diseases
** The identification of mastitis-causing pathogens
** Corn grain variety trials under Northern New York growing conditions
** Evaluating alfalfa-grass mixes for dairy and livestock forage
** Production practices for the Juneberry superfruit
** Health management for sheep and goats, and
** How the inexpensive biocontrol developed with long-term program
funding to beat back the highly-destructive alfalfa snout beetle now
holds promise for helping fruit and vegetable growers statewide.
One of the acclaimed Northern New York Agricultural Development Program
successes came through long-term funding that provided the time needed
for Cornell University researchers to develop an inexpensive, biocontrol
treatment that substantially reduced the impact of the
highly-destructive alfalfa snout beetle.
The concept of using native
nematodes that destroy the larvae of the beetle is now being applied in
trials to reduce other types of pests in strawberry crops in Northern
New York, in apple and grape crops elsewhere in the state, and at the
Battle Island Golf Course outside Fulton, NY.
As time allows, the meeting may also make note of recent program projects
focused on winter forage crops production for the dairy and livestock
industries; enhancing agricultural environmental stewardship through
tile drainage, nutrient recycling, and on-farm water quality; adapting
to climate change; enhancing market opportunities for North Country beef
producers; and season extension for fruit and vegetable growers.
Complete research reports are posted on the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program website at www.nnyagdev.org <http://www.nnyagdev.org> . For more details on the annual meetings, call 376-5270.
According to the 2012 Census of Agriculture, 4,365 farms in Northern New York manage more
than 1.1 million acres of farmland with a hired labor payroll of more
than $67.2 million. Those numbers represent a gain of 97 farms, 64,487
acres, and $15 million in payroll since the 2007 census.