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March 24, 2013

Farm briefs: March 24, 2013

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The NNYADP received $500,000 in the last approved Senate and state budgets. New York State Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Sen. Patty Ritchie recently announced the Grown in New York plan designed to strengthen the state’s agricultural industry by expanding markets for New York-grown products.

“Agriculture is New York’s leading industry. Over the past two years, we have worked to restore budget cuts to vital marketing, research and educational programs, including the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program, that farmers depend on to strengthen their farm business bottom lines,” Ritchie said.

Nearly three dozen farmers select NNYADP projects for attention largely by researchers associated with Cornell University, Cornell Cooperative Extension and W. H. Miner Agricultural Research Institute.

Current projects are focused on boosting the dairy industry feed supply; enhancing agricultural environmental stewardship with tile drainage; cold-climate calf feeding and housing; coping with diseases and pests such as brown root rot and alfalfa snout beetle in field crops and leaf mold and leek moth in vegetable crops; improving irrigation in local apple orchards; developing amelanchier as a new berry crop; increasing maple sap yields; developing bioenergy crops; and controlling parasites in sheep flocks and goat herds.

Two NNYADP-funded projects have recently been named award winners. The Entomological Society of America will present Dr. Elson Shields with the Entomological Foundation Award for Excellence in IPM for the development of a farmer-friendly biocontrol solution for the highly destructive alfalfa snout beetle (the treatment protocol is also being tested for use in apple orchards and grape vineyards in New York state).

The Adapt-N software built on 18 years of field research on Northern New York farms is designed to help farmers more precisely target nitrogen applications to crops for improved crop quality and yield and enhanced environmental stewardship. AgProfessional magazine named Adapt-N the Best New Product of the Year in 2012.

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