SOUTHWEST, N.Y. — Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Program (SWNYDLFC) is committed to continuing to provide farmers with timely information to help promote their success. In this series, Josh Putman, Field Crops and Forage Specialist, and Amy Barkley, Livestock and Beginning Farm Specialist, will explore pasture management from its most basic perspective: soil health. Soil testing, followed by proper soil amending, is a cost-effective first step to reducing weed pressure and getting the most out of pastures for years to come.
This joint-taught series focuses on three timely topics: late-season weed ID and management; soil sampling, preparation and submission; and interpreting soil test repots and adjusting fertility. The series will run on Thursday evenings from 7- 8pm from September 3rd – September 17th. The sessions will include time for questions. Details on the topics are below:
Thursday, September 3rd, 7:00pm – 8:00pm Late Season Pasture Weed ID and Management
Learn to identify common pasture weeds, why they may be in your pasture, and how to manage them.
Thursday, September 10th, 7:00pm – 8:00pm Soil Sampling, Preparation, and Submission
Sampling soil is the key to understanding the nutrients available to our pasture species. Together we’ll explore the steps of soil testing, including soil sampling techniques, sample preparation, and how to fill out a soil test submission form.
Thursday, September 17th, 7:00pm – 8:00pm Interpreting Your Soil Test Report and Adjusting Fertility
Here, we’ll share how to interpret a soil test report, calculate calcium needs and fertilizer blends, review the nutrient values for commonly available manures, and discuss how and when to apply fertilizer or manure for optimal returns.
Registration with be $25 and offers access to all 3 live sessions, the recordings, and the lecture materials. For those with limited or no internet access, we are providing mailed, printed copies of the notes and CDs of the lecture recordings, as requested.
To register, visit the SWNYDLFC website, at https://swnydlfc.cce.cornell.edu/event.php?id=1267, or contact Kelly Bourne at email@example.com or (585) 268-7644 ext 10. Pre-registration is required. A confirmation will be sent following registration, with lecture materials and information for accessing the virtual classroom sent the day before each class.
Whether you are an established farm looking to improve your pastures, or a new farmer just starting out, the information provided in this workshop series will provide a solid foundation for pasture management for years to come. We look forward to seeing you there!
Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Program specialists are here to help provide research-based resources and support during this challenging time. Their team of four specialists include Katelyn Walley-Stoll, Farm Business Management (716-640-0522 or firstname.lastname@example.org); Joshua Putman, Field Crops (716-490-5572 or email@example.com); Alycia Drwencke, Dairy Management (517-416-0386 or firstname.lastname@example.org); and Amy Barkley, Livestock Management (716-640-0844 or email@example.com). While specialists are working remotely at this time, they are still offering consultations via phone, text, email, videoconferencing, and mail. They are also providing weekly updates with timely resources and connections via email and hardcopy and virtual programming.
The Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Program is the newest Cornell Cooperative Extension regional program and covers Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, and Steuben Counties. The Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops regional specialists work with Cornell faculty and Extension educators to address the issues that influence the agricultural industry in New York by offering educational programming and research based information to agricultural producers, growers, and agribusinesses in the Southwestern New York Region. Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities and provides equal program and employment opportunities. For more information about this program, or to be added to their contact list, contact Katelyn Walley-Stoll, Team Leader, at 716-640-0522, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit their website swnydlfc.cornell.edu.
–Amy Barkley, Livestock and Beginning Farm Specialist
with the SWNY Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crops Program
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