The 2014 Empire Farm Days is scheduled Aug. 5-7, at the Rodman Lott & Son Farms, Seneca Falls, NY. For a full schedule of and information, visit www.empirefarmdays.com or call 877-697-7837. Admission is free, parking is $10.
• Field, forage, and equipment demonstrations abound.
Daily field demos include forage chopping and handling, hay mowing, raking, baling, processing and handling, tillage and GPS. Those 18 and older can test drive Cat wheel loaders, backhoes and skidsteers, Honda, Kawasaki and Yamaha 4-wheelers and utility vehicles, and Liftech skidsteers. New in 2014 will be demonstrations of the new Rinstrum Drive Over Axle Scale for weighing trucks and forage loads.
• Field demonstrations highlight crop options and treatments.
Seedway and DuPont are sponsoring a presentation on cover crops for northern climates. Birkett Mills is planting a field demonstration of buckwheat. Alltech will offer an in-field discussion of its Grain-Set foliar-applied micronutrient fertilizer developed to boost corn root systems, grain fill, protein and starch content, and yield. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service is sponsoring demonstrations by the New York Soil Health Team.
• NNY interseeding research
Dr. Matthew Ryan, with the Cornell University Sustainable Cropping Systems Lab, will share results from the Early Cover Crop Interseeding Project, funded by the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program.
Each day at 1:30 p.m., Ryan and a team of Penn State researchers will have a three-way interseeder on exhibit and will talk about how the equipment works and how the interseeding of cover crops at two farms in northern New York performed in tandem with corn crops. The interseeder, developed at Penn State, bundles three operations into one implement, permitting farmers to simultaneously seed cover crops while also applying postemergence herbicide and sidedress nitrogen fertilizer to corn, the primary crop of interest.
• Agricultural plastics recycling operator training.
The Cornell Recycling Agricultural Plastics Program will be demonstrating proper technique for baling used farm plastics with recycled-plastic products, supplies and equipment for storing and compacting plastic on display. A new one-hour baler operator certification course (advance registration was required) will be offered on-site.
• Agricultural Mediation, NYS Labor Laws, New Crop Insurance Options
Farmers looking to keep up with the latest information will have opportunities to learn about new options for crop insurance coverage, how the New York State Agricultural Mediation Program helps farmers communicate more easily, and how they can comply with New York State agricultural labor laws each day.