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October 13, 2013

Farm briefs: Oct. 13, 2013


Tile Drainage Conference to be held at Miner

CHAZY — Miner Institute, in collaboration with the Northern New York Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Lake Champlain Basin Program, will host a Tile Drainage Conference on Thursday, Oct. 24, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Miner Institute in Chazy. The meeting is free and open to the public though pre-registration is encouraged. Register by contacting Rachel Dutil,, or 846-7121, Ext. 115. 

The meeting will be held at the Joseph C. Burke Education and Research Center, 586 Ridge Road in Chazy.

The practice of installing tile drainage in poorly drained agricultural fields to improve workability, crop productivity and profitability has been a key management practice for more than 100 years. Tile drainage can offer multiple agronomic and environmental benefits. Under certain conditions, drainage may accelerate the loss of certain nutrients and site-specific practices may be needed to reduce losses to surface waters.

Speakers include Dr. Matthew Helmers from Iowa State University discussing best management practices for water quality in tile-drained systems; Larry Geohring from Cornell University discussing historical and current drainage research in Northern New York; Dr. Bianca Moebius-Clune of Cornell Universty discussing how to use adapt-N to minimize nitrogen leaching to tile drainage water; Peter Wright from USDA-NRCS discussing the use of subsurface drainage in conservation practices using the New York State drainage guide; Dr. Eric Young of Miner Institute discussing tile drainage research at Miner Institute; and Dr. Aubert Michaud of the Quebec Ag-Environment Research and Development Institute (IRDA) discussing monitoring and modeling phosphorus flow path and speciation.

Grass, willow bioenergy research underway

WILLSBORO — As the nation prepares to celebrate the first National Bioenergy Day on Oct. 17, researchers funded by the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program are continuing their study of willow and grass crops as alternative energy sources for agricultural producers in New York’s six northernmost counties.

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