Press-Republican

Farm Briefs

June 16, 2013

Farm briefs: June 16, 2013

Area has new field crops, soils specialist

CANTON — Kitty O’Neil has begun traveling Northern New York as regional field crops and soils specialist with Cornell Cooperative Extension. She will be working with farmers in St. Lawrence, Franklin, Clinton and Essex counties.

O’Neil grew up on a dairy farm in Cayuga County. She holds an animal science degree from Cornell University and a master’s degree in Forages and Dairy Nutrition from Michigan State. 

In Michigan, she helped potato growers improve their production systems and make them more sustainable. She recently earned a Ph.D. there after conducting several years of research with those potato growers, examining impacts of tillage, cover crops, manure amendments and crop rotations on soil health and productivity. 

“I’m eager to apply my efforts to helping Northern New York growers and farmers adopt practices which will reduce risk and production costs while increasing efficiency and livelihoods. From conversations with farmers and other extension personnel, I can already see opportunities to work on hayfield and pasture quality, forage planning and inventory estimations and alternative forage production to reduce risks,” O’Neil said.

“Fall 2013 forage inventories may continue to be affected by the 2012 shortages, though I hope that impact is slight. Only time and weather patterns will determine what is in the barn, silo and bunk at the conclusion of 2013, but I’d like to work with producers now to optimize that potential,” she added.

O’Neil can be reached through the local extension office or CCE St. Lawrence County at 315-379-9192.

Tile drainage research in region being studied

CHAZY — In 2013, the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program (NNYADP) is funding research to evaluate the agricultural benefits and environmental impacts of using tile drainage on farms.

The use of tile drainage has been a critical best-management practice on American farms since 1835. In the early 1900s, William H. Miner, for whom the agricultural research institute in Chazy is named, championed the use of patterned tile drainage to dramatically improve drainage efficiency and crop production potential on poorly drained North Country soils.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Farm Briefs
  • Farm briefs: July 20, 2014

    NY Agri-Women appoints public relations director; Berry Grower Field Meeting being offered; Local foods learning events to be held; Seminar focuses on animal parasite problems; Interseeding research in spotlight at Empire Farm Days.

    July 20, 2014

  • Farm briefs: July 13, 2014

    Grower field meeting, picnic to be held; Research enhances precision nitrogen management; FSA County Committee nomination period begins; Farm safety in focus at Empire Farm Days; Farmers market senior-nutrition program offered.

    July 13, 2014

  • Farm briefs: July 6, 2014

    Willsboro research farm to hold open house.

    July 6, 2014

  • Farm briefs: June 29, 2014

    Double-cropping research helps local farmers; Annual meeting scheduled for women in agriculture.

    June 29, 2014

  • Farm briefs: June 22, 2014

    Open house to be held at research farm; Brown Root Rot test has Northern New York orgin.

    June 22, 2014

  • Farm briefs: June 15, 2014

    Rulfs Orchard to hold annual Strawberry Festival; Agency IDs corn substitutes for dairy diet; State announces support for wineries, breweries; Maple-syrup production falls due to cold weather.

    June 15, 2014

  • Farm briefs: May 25, 2014

    Miner launches Agriculture in Society Speaker Series; Gillibrand urges ag forum to be brought to upstate; Clean Energy Conference to hear research update.

    May 25, 2014

  • Farm briefs: May 18, 2014

    Essex Farm to host agricultural tour of facility; Seminar to focus on no-till winter rye; Grants being offered for farmland protection; Gillibrand urges ag forum to be brought to upstate.

    May 18, 2014

  • Farm briefs: May 11, 2014

    Educational swine event to be held in Jay; Comprehensive variety trial rates silage; Gillibrand urges ag forum to be brought to upstate.

    May 11, 2014

  • Farm briefs: April 24, 2014

    Workshop offered for those interested in pig raising; Beekeeping group will meet to share information; Governor announces reforms following summit.

    April 27, 2014