Agriculture

Agriculture focus areas: Dairy, Livestock, Poultry, Field Crops, Farm Business Management.

If you have questions about any of these topics please contact Ken Smith at 607-334-5841 ext. 19 (kas294@cornell.edu) or

Rich Taber, Grazing and Ag Economic Develpment Specialist at ext. 21 (rbt44@cornell.edu)

You may also contact Central New York Dairy & Field Crops Team Area Extension Educators Dave Balbian, Area Dairy Management Specialist (CCE Fulton/Montgomery) 518-312-3592 (drb23@cornell.edu)  and Kevin Ganoe- Area Field Crop Management Specialist (CCE Herkimer) 315-866-7920 (khg2@cornell.edu)

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FLOODING RESOURCES

If your crops and gardens were flooded by recent rains, check the following list of resources to help you recover and determine if your crops are safe.

Dealing with Flooded Gardens Columbia and Green CCE

Dealing With Flooded Vegetable Fields

Dealing With Flooded Fruit Fields

Flood Food Safety- from UVM

Flooded Crop Update 2011- Corn Grain, Corn Silage and Hay and Pasture (and a note about FSA claims)

Woodland Owner and Maple Producer Response to Hurricane Irene (Floods and Wind Damage)

Columbia - Greene CCE has complied some other great Flood Resources at their web site: http://www.agroforestrycenter.org/ including cleaning homes and dealing with septic systems.

Farmer Disaster Relief Video- Recorded Informational Meeting: The video includes presentations by FEMA, FSA (Farm Services Agency), Soil & Water Conservation Districts, Crop Insurance representatives, Cornell University, Farm Credit and others.

Flooded Crops Fact Sheet - Managing flood damaged crops and forage from Irene & Lee.  A comprehensive paper put together by Vermont Cooperative Extension.

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Dairy Farmers:

Identify Bottlenecks

Management Decisions for Immature & Frosted Corn Silage

Estimating Corn Grain & Corn Silage Yields

2013 Dairy Of Distinction Application

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Beginning Farmers

If you are just getting started with Farming and are looking for information about what to do or where to go for information, check out the NY Beginning Farmers web site! http://www.nybeginningfarmers.org/ 

Site Visits

If you require on-the-ground technical assistance please contact Ken Smith, Executive Director, at 607-334-5841 ext. 19 (kas294@cornell.edu) or Rich Taber, Grazing and Ag Economic Develpment Specialist at ext. 21 (rbt44@cornell.edu). Depending on your situation, we may be able to come out and take a look.

Soil Testing

CCE Chenango offers three soil testing opportunities.

pH: We conduct pH testing and recommendations in the office for free. Please bring in 1/2 cup of dry soil from a few spots in your field, garden or lawn and either our Chenango County Master Gardeners or our Hort/NR Educator will test the pH. (Acidity and Alkalinity measurements only)

Full Nutrient Analyses: Soil samples requiring a full nutrient analysis are send to the Agro-One Lab in Ithaca.This lab works in partnership with the Cornell Nutrient Analysis Lab to provide full recommendations for soil testing. Cost $16 per sample. Commercial Growers need to know their soil types, it can be looked up here: http://websoilsurvey.nrcs.usda.gov/ or at our office. Please bring in a total of 2 cups of dry soil taken from 8-12 locations in your field, garden or lawn at the root level of the plants you are trying to grow. Full information about the Agro-One Lab can be found at: http://www.dairyone.com/AgroOne/default.htm

If you are looking for non-standard soil tests or tests for research we may sned you to the Cornell Nutrient Analysis Lab: http://cnal.cals.cornell.edu. Please contact our office to determine which lab you need if you are unsure. The Cornell Lab no longer processes regular soil samples.

Agriculture Resources: Agriculture Resources

Local Product Listing: Buy From The Back Yard

Local Growing/Climate Info: Chenango Growing Info

Bedstraw Management Fact Sheet

Knapweed Management Factsheet

72 Ways to Make Agriculture Sustainable