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July 28, 2013

Farm briefs: July 28, 2013

Farm Days features planting error demonstration plots

SENECA FALLS — Crop plots illustrating what happens when seed is not properly planted or suffers from weather events will be on display at the 2013 Empire Farm Days in Seneca Falls.

Fifty-foot-long strip trials showing common planting errors and simulating weather impact are planted with two to four rows of each treatment at Rodman Lott and Son Farms, which has hosted the largest outdoor agricultural trade show for 26 years.

DuPont Pioneer is sponsoring the unique field demonstration plots that showcase the importance of properly calibrating planting equipment and the environmental challenges that can limit yield.

Corn plots planted with a 96-day corn hybrid will show differences in crop emergence and establishment when seed is planted at depths from 1/2-inch to 3 inches. The strip plantings also show the differences of various plant populations, row width, irregular plant spacing and differences in plant ability to withstand simulated root lodging.

“The new demonstrations plots at Empire Farm Days simulate weather damage, such as hail damage, to show how plants recover differently at various growth stages,” Daniel Mongeau, DuPont Pioneer field agronomist for New York and New England, explained.

DuPont Pioneer is a leading developer and supplier of seeds, advanced plant genetics and agronomic support to farmers in more than 90 countries.

Empire Farm Days covers 300 acres with exhibits and activities by more than 600 representatives of agricultural manufacturers, suppliers, institutions and organizations. Find information on DairyProfit and Equine seminars, live animal exhibits, field equipment and ag plastics recycling demonstrations and more at www.empirefarmdays.com.

Lake conservation farm series to continue

WEST CHAZY — A Farming in the Basin Twilight Meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 31, at Dyer Farms, 227 Duquette Road, West Chazy.

This will be the fourth in a series of on-farm meetings that will focus on lake-friendly farming practices and techniques. Cornell Cooperative Extension and the Lake Champlain Basin Program are collaborating to hold the event. This meeting will focus on use of no-till seeding as a management and conservation tool.

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