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October 2022

Interseeded Cover Crop and Soil Health Field Talk

October 26, 2022
2pm - 4pm
Tiashoke Farm
Buskirk, NY

Interseeded Cover Crop and Soil Health Field Talk

Please join ASA for a field talk led by Brian Ziehm of Tiashoke Farm, Mark Anderson from Landview Farm, and Dr. Allen Williams of Understanding Ag.  Tiashoke Farm has participated in a three-year grant funded by Northeast SARE to experiment with interseeding diverse cover crops into silage corn at the V5/V6 stage.  In 2022, Tiashoke Farm partnered with Landview Farm to purchase an interseeder to sow cover crops into several hundred acres of silage corn.  We will take a look at some of the results and hear from the farmers about the benefits and practical challenges of interseeding.  Dr. Williams will discuss impacts he has seen on soil health and reduced input costs with the use of cover crops.

Soil Health Workshop for Livestock and Crop Farmers

October 27, 2022
9am - 4pm
Otter Creek Farm
Johnsonville, NY

A workshop for any farmer looking for tools and information to improve soil health, reduce input costs, and increase profitability.

Join the Agricultural Stewardship Association for a day-long workshop with Dr. Allen Williams of Understanding Ag. Dr. Williams and his colleagues have been leaders in working with farmers and ranchers across the U.S. and around the world to increase their understanding of soil health practices and how they can make any farming operation more successful.

November 2022

Sanitation Open House for Fruit and Vegetable Growers

November 29, 2022
Open 9 am - noon; Stop by anytime!
Cornell AgriTech, Food Research Lab
Geneva, NY

Sanitation Open House for Fruit and Vegetable Growers

Come experience several hands-on stations to help jump start and enhance your sanitation program. Try out new cleaning tools, learn how to select the right sanitizer, and assess the cleanability of different equipment.  

Champlain Valley Tree Fruit Grower Input Meeting

November 30, 2022
1pm - 3pm
CCE Clinton County
Plattsburgh, NY

We need your input!  Mike will be holding a Champlain Valley tree fruit grower input session on November 30 in Plattsburgh at the Clinton County CCE office. Mike will review his 2022 research and extension activities. We would then like to hear from you to set priorities for future tree fruit research and education needs, and to get your input for speakers for our 2023 winter meetings. 

December 2022

CANCELLED: Farm Food Safety Meeting

December 5, 2022
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
CCE Wayne County
Newark, NY

CANCELLED: Farm Food Safety Meeting

THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED DUE TO LOW REGISTRATION NUMBERS. This meeting will focus on updates and key considerations in farm food safety. Topics to be covered include agricultural water quality assessments, traceability procedures, tips for improving flow and efficiency in wash/pack facilities, cleaning and sanitation updates, plus plenty of discussion to answer your questions. 

How Profitable Will My New Orchard Investment Be? Zoom Series

December 5, 2022 : Looking at the Big Financial Picture for Your Farm
12:30-1:30
Zoom (Online Webinar)

Your farm's big-3 financial records (balance sheet, income statement and statement of cash flow) and how to use them to assess your overall financial situation. This information will help you assess what types of investments are likely to be viable for your farm business and whether or not you are likely to be able to use credit to finance that investment.  We will specifically cover Farm Profitability, Cash Flow, and Key Financial Ratios.

How Profitable Will My New Orchard Investment Be? Zoom Series

December 6, 2022 : Business Strategy and the Farm Value Chain
12:30-1:30
Zoom (online class)

How do you create value?  How do you differentiate yourself from your competitors?  In other words - what is your farm's business strategy?  Your investments should be in line with your strategy.  Different business strategies will result in investments in different parts of the Farm Business Value Chain.  Farm Business Value Chain - full range of activities needed to create a product or service.

How Profitable Will My New Orchard Investment Be? Zoom Series

December 7, 2022 : Using Your Farm's Financial Data to Make Management Decisions
12:30-1:30
Zoom (online class)

Identifying the Enterprises in Your Value Chain.  Your Profit Centers and Cost Centers.  We will cover: Direct vs Indirect Costs and Cost Allocation and Variable vs Fixed Costs and Relevant Range (when does a fixed cost become a variable cost?)

How Profitable Will My New Orchard Investment Be? Zoom Series

December 8, 2022 : Operating Budgets and Strategic Planning
12:30-1:30
Zoom (online class)

Operating budgets are the overall financial plan for the business.  You can use a budget based on your current situation as the base to model new scenarios.

GAPs Training -- Understanding Food Safety on the Farm

December 9, 2022
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
CCE Yates County, Yates County Office Building
Penn Yan, NY

Join the Cornell Vegetable Program and Cornell Cooperative Extension for a workshop that will provide you with the why's behind food safety recommendations along with practical, farm-based ideas to improve food safety on your farm.

How Profitable Will My New Orchard Investment Be? Zoom Series

December 12, 2022 : Enterprise Budgets
12:30-1:30
Zoom (online class)

It is more time-consuming to develop detailed budgets for your enterprises, but it is worthwhile to do this for area where you are considering making major investments.  We will demonstrate how to move from an operating budget to an enterprise budget to model specific scenarios within that enterprise. 

How Profitable Will My New Orchard Investment Be? Zoom Series

December 13, 2022 : 5 Step Decision-making Process for Capital Projects and Long-term Investments
12:30-1:30
Zoom (online class)

Introduces a structured process for a manager to go through to decide among options for long-term investments, projects or changes to the farm business.

SAVE THE DATES

December 13 - December 15, 2022February 2 - February 8, 2023February 21 - February 23, 2023

Save the Dates for the following Winter Meetings:

  • NOFA NY Virtual Winter Conference, February 2-5, 2023
  • Empire State Expo, Oncenter Syracuse, February 6-7 2023
  • Becker Forum, Oncenter Syracuse, February 8, 2023
  • Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program Regional Winter Meeting, The Desmond Hotel, Albany, February 21-23, 2023 

How Profitable Will My New Orchard Investment Be? Zoom Series

December 14, 2022 : Cost Volume Profit Analysis and Sensitivity Analysis
12:30-1:30
Zoom (online class)

As you change your prices, volume of sales or costs of production how does your profit change?  What is your break-even point and what output level do you need to achieve a target income? We will also cover sensitivity analysis that will help you see how your results will vary over a range of likely scenarios from best case to worst case.  This will help you assess the riskiness of your plan.

How Profitable Will My New Orchard Investment Be? Zoom Series

December 15, 2022 : Capital Budgeting Tools - Net Present Value, Internal Rate of Return, and Payback Period
12:30-1:30
Zoom (online class)

Capital budgeting is defined as the process used to determine whether capital assets are worth investing in. it's the process of asking: is an asset worth the resources it requires?  Capital assets are usually long-term investments like new equipment, facilities, and other infrastructure upgrades. By incorporating strategically planned capital budgeting into their financial processes, companies can more effectively determine and prioritize which projects, programs and other investment assets could be most financially beneficial in the long-term.

CANCELLED!!! Grower Advisory Meetings

December 20 - December 21, 2022
10am - 1pm

Due to a lack of registrations, we have decided to cancel the advisory meetings scheduled for Tuesday, December 20th in Columbia County and Wednesday, December 21st in Saratoga County.  Please look for a survey coming soon in your email!


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Upcoming Events

Chautauqua Winter Vegetable Meeting

Event Offers DEC Credits

February 10, 2023
Clymer, NY

Meeting will feature growers from Ohio sharing their production know-how and thoughts on food safety. Other topics include weed control, pesticide safety, and the impact of poor crop nutrition. 0.75 DEC credits in 1a, 23 plus 0.5 in CORE, which is good for all categories. Trade show booths available. 

Meeting cost is $20/person, includes snacks and educational materials. Registration required by 4 pm on Friday, February 3. 

Orleans Regional Vegetable Meeting

Event Offers DEC Credits

February 15, 2023
Albion, NY

Offering presentations in pesticide safety, tips for managing diseases in vegetable crops, how to attract beneficial insects to your field, herbicide options for cole crops, and strawberry disease information. Meeting cost is $10 per person, payable at the door via cash or check. Pre-registration requested by 5:00 pm on Monday, February 13.

DEC credits available: 2.25 in 1a and 10; 2.0 in 23; 1.5 in 22; and 0.5 in CORE (used in all categories)!!

NYS Processing Vegetable Industry Roundtable Meeting

Event Offers DEC Credits

March 15, 2023 : Morning Session: Snap Beans, Sweet Corn, and Peas
Batavia, NY

Processing vegetable industry members who grow, manage, or support snap bean, sweet corn, or pea production for Nortera and/or Seneca Foods, should attend this session of the roundtable meeting. You will:

  • Network at this in-person meeting.
  • Learn the results of industry-funded research.
  • Have a voice in Cornell research and extension.
  • Earn 2.0 DEC credits in categories 1a, 10, 23 and CCA recertification credits.

This FREE event is followed by lunch! Pre-registration requested.


March 15, 2023 : Lunch Break and Networking

Lunch is FREE to anyone attending either the Morning Session or the Afternoon Session of the NYS Processing Vegetable Industry Roundtable Meeting. Registration is required.


Event Offers DEC Credits

March 15, 2023 : Afternoon Session: Beets and Carrots
Batavia, NY

Processing vegetable industry members who grow, manage, or support beet or carrot production for Nortera, Seneca Foods and/or Love Beets, should attend this session of the roundtable meeting. You will:

  • Network at this in-person meeting.
  • Learn the results of industry-funded research.
  • Have a voice in Cornell research and extension.
  • Earn 2.0 DEC credits in categories 1a, 10, 23 and CCA recertification credits.

Lunch is provided before this session. It's FREE! Pre-registration requested. 

Announcements

2022 Year in Review Released

Our 2022 Year in Review report highlights some of our 2022 projects and community outreach efforts impacting commercial vegetable, greenhouse, potato, and dry bean producers in 14 counties of western and central New York, and beyond.
  • Education and Technical Assistance Provided to Providence Farm Collective
  • Engineering Improvements in Biodegradable Mulch
  • Perseverance Leads to Solution for Perennial Sowthistle in Onion
  • Potato Programming Spans Farms of All Sizes
  • Improving Winter High Tunnel Soil Nitrogen Management
  • Laser Scarecrows Tested on Local Farms
  • New York Vegetable Industry Support
Cornell Cooperative Extension is Your Trusted Source for Research-Based Knowledge!

Small-Scale Fresh Mkt Potato Variety Trial Results

This year, the Cornell Vegetable Program planted a potato variety trial focused on commercially available fresh market potato varieties, with the small-scale potato grower in mind. This trial allowed us to test different varieties of potatoes that might be of interest to consumers at farm markets and see how well they perform in a western NY climate. 

We've posted a brief overview of our results on the Potato page.

If you would like the full report (PDF with photos and yield data) emailed to you, email Margie Lund.

New Ag Climate Factsheet Released

The intersection of agricultural production and greenhouse gases is gathering increasing attention. This is an opportune time to consider how vegetable production interacts with carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas emissions, and how using cover crops may alter this picture.

The factsheet, Greenhouse Gases and Soil Organic Carbon in Vegetable Production and the Role of Cover Crops, written by Zach Spangler, Ag Climate Resiliency Specialist with CCE Harvest NY, and Elizabeth Buck, Fresh Market Vegetable Specialist, CCE Cornell Vegetable Program, discusses:
  • Sequestration of atmospheric carbon in agricultural soils as soil organic carbon (SOC). Is vegetable production impacting SOC?
  • Net greenhouse gas emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2), nitrous oxide (N2O), and methane (CH4) from the soil.
  • Impact of cover crops on soil organic carbon, nitrous oxide emissions, and other GHG emissions.