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2019 Corn Silage Overview

Joe Lawrence, Allison Kerwin, and Tom Overton

For most areas of the state, the 2019 growing season got off to a wet start that significantly impacted timely planting of corn and the field locations for the 2019 Corn Silage Hybrid Evaluation Program were no exception. However, trial locations benefited from adequate drainage and as the weather patterns changed through the summer the trials performed relatively well. The early season delays did carry through to delayed harvest and slowed dry down at several locations.

As 2019 corn silage sits in storage, hopefully fermenting for the next few months before being fed out, it is helpful to understand how this crop might feed compared to previous years. Using the trial results as an indicator of corn silage performance gives us some idea of average performance. Data for the detailed hybrid specific report of the trials is still being processed but we do have enough information to look at overall performance trends.

Keep in mind this is an average of certain locations and your conditions may vary. On your own farm it is helpful to take samples of your forage at harvest and prior to feed out to understand the opportunities and challenges as you begin to feed this year’s crop. We also need to remember that while fresh samples can be a helpful indicator, some characteristics of the forage will change during fermentation, particularly starch digestibility.

Despite the wet start to the season we see notable variation in rainfall (from planting to harvest) across trial locations. As we think about the influence of weather on key forage quality parameters, such as fiber digestibility, it is worth noting 2019 rainfall generally fell somewhere in between 2017 and 2018.

Continue reading: 2019 Corn Silage Overview.

Labor Roadshow III

offered by the Ag Workforce Development Council

Ag Workforce Development Council is hosting Labor Roadshow III at five locations statewide from November 18 through 22. Sessions run from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm and cost is $55 per person, payable at the door. Register through a link at or call 315.433.0100, ext. 5595.

All New York farm employees are affected by new laws that take effect beginning January 1. New York Labor Road Show III is your opportunity to learn about the changes and position your business for compliance and success in a very different environment.

Featured speakers include:

  • Chuck Palmer, a go-to lawyer for complex cases involving OSHA, employment law, labor negotiations, independent contractor and joint employment matters. Clients rely on his years of experience in dealing with state and federal enforcement agencies to develop human resource, safety and environmental policies and practices that prevent problems and save them significant expense.
  • Joshua Viau works with a variety of national and local clients including employers in agriculture, manufacturing, construction, hospitality, and retail. He is the former Chair of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the Georgia State Bar and is active in several business groups. Josh has been selected to the Best Lawyers in America since 2017 and was recognized as a Georgia Super Lawyer since 2015 and Georgia Super Lawyer - Rising Star from 2006 through 2014.

Labor Roadshow III dates and locations:

  • November 18: Genesee Community College-Batavia Campus, One College Road, Batavia, NY 14020-9704. Room T119 Lecture Hall, Conable Technology Building.
  • November 19: The Lodge at Hidden Valley Animal Adventure, 2887 Royce Rd, Varysburg, NY 14167.
  • November 20: Ramada by Wyndham, 21000 NY State Rt 3, Watertown, NY 13601
  • November 21: Hilton Garden Inn Clifton Park, 30 Clifton Country Road, Clifton Park, NY, 12065
  • November 22: Cayuga‐Onondaga BOCES, 1879 West Genesee Street Rd, Auburn, NY 13021. Conference Room 1, 2, 3.

Featured topics include: Compliance with Wage and Hour Laws: Overtime and Day-of-Rest Requirements; Understanding Unions and Labor Organizing; Managing the Collective Bargaining Process; The Increasing Importance of Farm Supervisors; Sexual Harassment Prevention: Updates to the NY Law; Compliance Priorities and Enforcement Plans for 2020; NYS Department of Labor; Industry Quality Assurance Program Updates; and Insurance Update: Disability, Paid Family Leave, and Employment Practices Liability, What is Available?

Dairy Reproduction and Health Monitoring Research Updates

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Registration is not required and there is no fee.

Strategies for improving dairy cattle reproductive performance
November 20, 2019 | 12:30pm - 1:30pm EST
Presenter: Julio Giordano, Cornell University, assistant professor - Dairy Cattle Biology & Management

The latest research on reproductive management programs for second and greater services for dairy cows will be covered. Programs that prioritize insemination of cows in heat or maximize fertility through timed AI will be discussed. Examples of strategies for on-farm implementation and performance implications will be provided.

Using automated sensors for improving dairy cattle health monitoring and management
November 21, 2019 | 12:30pm - 1:30pm EST
Presenter: Julio Giordano, Cornell University, assistant professor - Dairy Cattle Biology & Management

The latest concepts and research on the use and value of health monitoring and management using automated sensors (e.g., rumination, activity, milk weights monitors) will be covered. Pros and cons of different technologies and their potential implementation for health management will be discussed. We will also cover the economics of incorporating technologies into farm management.

Cow Comfort Workshops for Freestalls and Tie Stalls

Cornell CALS PRO-DAIRY and Cornell Cooperative Extension are offering regional Cow Comfort Workshops for freestall and tie stall barns. Cow Comfort Workshops are an educational program for farmers, employees and agriservice professionals who work directly with dairy cows. The workshops will cover economics of improving cow comfort, stall design and management, stocking density, heat abatement, and effects on production.

Two separate sessions will be held: one to focus on freestall cow comfort and one to focus on tie stall cow comfort. Each session will include an on-farm portion where attendees walk through and assess facilities.
Each Cow Comfort Workshop is a day-long program held from 9:30 am to 3 pm. The program will be held on farm with a combination of presentations, demonstrations, farm walk-throughs and discussion. Each site is managed independently and registration fees may apply. Contact the site coordinator for more information.

Freestall Cow Comfort Workshops
Featured Speaker: Rick Grant, PhD, President of Miner Institute
Dr. Grant is well-known for his research surrounding stocking density and time budgets for dairy cattle.

Dec 2 — NWNY
Mulligan Farms, 5403 Barber Rd, Avon
Registration or Questions: Brandie Waite | 585.343.3040 ext 138 |

Dec 3 — SCNY
Preble Hill Dairy, 6993 W Bennett Hollow Rd, Preble
Registration: Shannon Myers | | 607.391.2662
Questions: Betsy Hicks |

Dec 4 — CNY
Envision Dairy LLC, 568 Langley Rd, Amsterdam
Registration or Questions: | 315.866.7920

Dec 6 — NNY
Scotty’s Diner, 1049 US-11, Moira
Registration or Questions: Tatum Langworthy || | 315.788.8450

Tie Stall Cow Comfort Workshops
Featured Speaker: Dan McFarland, Penn State
Dan McFarland is known for his research surrounding heat stress abatement techniques and stall, barn and ventilation design.

Dec 9 — NNY
CCE Jefferson County office, 203 N Hamilton St, Watertown
Registration or Questions: Tatum Langworthy | | 315.788.8450

Dec 10 — NWNY
Daryl Martin’s Farm
2086 Havens Corners Rd, Penn Yan
Registration or Questions: Brandie Waite 585.343.3040 ext. 138 |

Dec 12 — CNY
Ju-Vindale Holsteins, 2074 Ballina Rd, Cazenovia
Registration or Questions: | 315.866.7920

Dec 13 — SCNY
Flemingville United Methodist Church, 540 W Creek Rd, Owego and visiting
Todd and Josie Spencer's Dairy Farm, 3657 West Creek Rd, Newark Valley
Registration: Shannon Myers | 607.391.2662 |
Questions: Betsy Hicks |

Dec 2 — NWNY
Mulligan Farms, 5403 Barber Rd, Avon
Registration or Questions: Brandie Waite 585.343.3040 ext 138

Transition Cow Management Online Course

January 17 - March 13, 2020
Registration: $265.00 per person. Register online before January 6 and receive a $25 discount.

Transition Cow Management is a seven week course offered online. Presentations for each topic are prerecorded and are accessible whenever is convenient to the participant. A live, optional Q& A session with presenters will beheld weekly via webinar. Corresponding assignments are due each week. To get the most out of the experience, you should expect to spend approximately 2 hours per week on the lessons and assignments. The course is offered through Moodle, an easy-to-use online interface that you’ll view through your personal computer’s web browser. Please note - topics in the course were also presented in the 2018 Transition Cow Management Online Course.

Topics: Transition Cow Physiology/Biology; Nutritional Strategies for Transition Cows; Fresh Cow Health Management; Metabolic Disease; Non-nutritional Management; and Monitoring Health.

Instructors: Dr. Soon Hon Cheong, Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine; Ms. Lindsay Ferlito, Cornell Cooperative Extension; Dr. Julio Giordano, Cornell University, Department of Animal Science; Dr. Vinicius Machado, Texas Tech University, Department of Veterinary Sciences; Dr. Jessica McArt, Cornell University, College of Veterinary Medicine; Dr. Blake Nguyen, Cornell University, Department of Animal Science; and Dr. Tom Overton, Cornell University, Department of Animal Science and PRO-DAIRY.

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Anaerobic Digestion Process Fundamentals and Management Short Course
January 15 – 16, 2020
Cornell University – Ithaca, New York

Northeast Dairy Management Conference
“Focus on the Future”
March 11 – 12, 2020
Holiday Inn – Liverpool, NY
Presented in collaboration with NEDPA

Sponsorship options available include pre-conference sessions, exhibits, and mobile app.

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