An on-farm field day was held to inform farmers of the benefits of subsurface tile drainage. The event was planned by three CCE regional and the local soil and water conservation districts. The topic of soil health was broad to cover multiple commodities.
Through conversations with farmers, I helped them to increase farm profitability by improving fertilizer use, reducing seeding rates, and selecting different plants for silage.
We are working to frame a regional discussion around Agriculture Economic Development vis-à-vis the NYS Regional Economic Development Councils. CCE's Harvest NY initiative focuses on a region that intersects with 3 regional economic development councils.
Group housing of calves with its attendant use of waste milk in a safe manner offers economical and biological advantages to producers. Previously held beliefs regarding disease risk have been changed with a new definition of proper ventilation and the advantages of more natural feeding methods and social interaction amongst baby calves.
Soybean acres continue to increase on the dairy farm as a way to decrease purchased soybean meal and other high priced protein sources. Soybeans are a new crop to many dairies, and education is needed on crop production practices and the principles of integrated pest management to maintain profitable yields. The Tactical Ag (TAg) Teams teaching model was utilized, and two dairy teams improved their soybean production skills utilizing a hands-on approach and using their own fields as outdoor classrooms.
President Obama ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to elevate efforts to dramatically improve Chesapeake Bay water quality by 2025 through the implementation and enforcement of a Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) program. The watershed states were asked to develop a Watershed Implementation Plan (WIP) and give target load reductions.
We have modified a bacterial isolate to make it able to inhibit the development of crown gall disease on grape without inflicting any harmful effects to the grapevine.
New York state needs jobs and economic activity, growers need outlets for waste products such as manures, and the entire world needs technologies that enhance food security and reduce pollution. For many years, we have been developing technologies that do these things. (See, for example, my other impact statements.)
In addition, Cornell University has recently created the Cornell Agriculture and Food Technology Park (AgTech Park), including a 1,500-square-foot laboratory that has been unoccupied until now.
Dairy Skills Training delivers information and hands-on training and experience to dairy farm workers in a variety of management areas in Western New York.
The goal of this project is to validate the use of a temperature-driven phenology model to time applications of insecticides to manage grape berry moths (GBM), the key insect pest of grapes in the eastern United States. Also, the model will help us to inform the New York grape industry of the insect's existence. This multi-state project uses replicated plots in vineyards in the Finger Lakes and Lake Erie regions of New York, the Lake Erie region of Pennsylvania, and the southwestern region of Michigan.