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Farm briefs: Aug. 17, 2014

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Posted: Sunday, August 17, 2014 3:28 am

Soil Health Workshop to be held in Chateaugay

CHATEAUGAY — The Franklin County Soil and Water Conservation District in partnership with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Franklin County, the New York State Soil and Water Conservation Committee and the United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resource Conservation Service and Farm Service Agency will present a Soil Health Workshop on Aug. 22 from 1 to 5 p.m.

This event will feature live demonstrations of conservation tillage equipment, soil health experts, a panel of farmers practicing different tillage methods and cover cropping, and highlights of local cost-share opportunities and programs.

Improving on-farm soil health is integral to ensuring productive, profitable and sustainable agricultural operations while improving water, wildlife and air quality. Managing for soil health is one of the most effective ways for farmers to increase crop productivity and profitability while also improving the environment. Soil is made up of many things including air, water, sand, clay, living organisms and organic matter.

“A growing number of America’s farmers are using soil health management systems to improve the health and function of their soil, and we’re working hand-in-hand with these producers through our technical and financial assistance programs and services to help ensure their success,” said Kitty O’Neil, the regional field crops and soils specialist, an agronomist, for the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Northern New York.

This event will be held at Staib’s/Logue Farms Inc. in Chateaugay, a multi-county cash-crop farm specializing in corn, oats and hay. J Staib manages over 1,100 acres of corn, hay, oats and rye at the farm in Chateaugay, which is part of a larger operation, the Logue Farms Inc. located in Middlebury, Conn.

J will highlight his crop rotations, cover cropping and no-till practices. This event will also feature presentations from O’Neil on the basics of soil health and why it is important; Jason Cuddeback, a family farmer from Cayuga County who utilizes zone tillage on corn grain ground, no-tills corn and soybeans and utilizes a precision planting program;  and Ralph Child, a fourth generation producer who grows over 900 acres of seed potatoes, leafy greens, spinach and cilantro and will highlight the use of crop rotation and cover cropping at his farms in Malone and Gabriels.

Pre-registration is requested to ensure refreshments and materials are available by Tuesday. Certified Crop Advisors, Certified Professional Agronomists and Certified Soil Scientists credits are available for the event. For more information and to register, call Chastity Miller at Franklin County Soil and Water at 483-4061, Ext. 110.