The last of the 2017 New York Certified Organic winter meetings is scheduled for Monday, March 13 at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva.
The meeting will include an update on organic hemp production trials
plus presentations on nutrient balancing, crop production, and
alternative forage production for organic farming systems.
include Cornell University and University of Vermont faculty and a New
York organic dairy farmer.
The meeting will start promptly at 10 am
in Jordan Hall. There is no cost or need to
register to attend the New York Certified Organic meetings; participants are asked to bring a
dish for potluck lunch.
Heather Darby, an agronomic and soils specialist with the University
of Vermont, will review field trials conducted at the University
research farm on organic hemp production in the Northeast and narrow row
organic spring grain production.
Quirine Ketterings of the Cornel University Nutrient Management
Spear Program and Cornell PRO-DAIRY Program Senior Extension Associate
Karl Czymmek will show how doing annual whole farm mass balance
assessments can help farmers understand the long-term capacity to
support optimum yields, identify management strategies that will
optimize farm nutrient imports and exports, quantify a farm’s footprint
and track how it is changing over time, and summarize and evaluate the
farm as a whole system.
Organic dairy farmer Tim Demeree from Little Falls, Herkimer County, will talk about
his experience with growing annuals, including sudangrass, millet and
sorghum for forage and how they fit in his crop rotation.
also share a comparison of the ensiling profiles of baleage using
different preservatives. Nutritionist Adam McFarland of Agriking worked
with Demeree to develop this comparison.
Round table discussions after lunch provide farmers the opportunity to
ask questions and hear from the combined experience of the group that
includes new and transitioning farmers and long-time organic producers.
The March 13 meeting also includes a brief description of how crop insurance can benefit organic farmers.
The New York Crop Insurance Education Team and Cornell Cooperative
Extension provide support for the New York Certified Organic meetings.
For more details,
contact Fay Benson at (607) 391-2699 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Benson is an educator with the Cornell University SCNY Regional Team,
project manager for the NY Organic Dairy Program, coordinator of the NY
Soil Health Trailer, and a member of the New York Crop Insurance Team.