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February 2018

February 7, 8 & 9, 2018
Winter Crops & Soils Days, Lamberton, Luverne, & Morris, MN
A collaborative event between the WCROC and the Southwest Research and Outreach Center

(SWROC), Winter Crops & Soils Day offers regionally focused research results and recommendations for area crop and livestock producers. The event will be held February 7 in Lamberton, February 8 in Luverne, MN and February 9 in Morris MN at the WCROC. Programs begin at 10 am, and conclude at 3:15 pm. Presentations include:

  • Integrating Cover Crops and Livestock to Improve Farm Profitability - Brad Heins, WCROC Dairy Scientist;
  • The Good, the Bad, and the Reality of Minnesota Farm Profitability - Joleen Hadrich, U of MN Extension, Applied Economics;
  • Do Reduced Pest Management Inputs Mean Increased Economic Risk? - Bruce Potter, SWROC, IPM Specialist;
  • Interseeding Cover Crops into Standing Corn and Soybeans - Axel Garcia y Garcia, SWROC, Agronomy;
  • Research at ROCs and How it Impacts your Farm - Curt Reese, WCROC, Agronomy; and
  • Opportunities and Challenges for Supplemental Irrigation - Jeff Strock, SWROC, Soil Science, and Tamas Varga, CFANS PhD student.

Registration to Winter Crops & Soils Days is open to the public.

Pre-registration is encouraged by registering online, or by calling Heidi Olson-Manska at 320-589-1711 ext. 2130. Registration for the program is $35 (cash or check only), and includes refreshments, handouts, and lunch. Continuing Education Units for certified crop advisers have been applied for. More information about the event, including the program schedule, is available on the SWROC website. Contact the SWROC at 507-752-7372 with any questions.

February 7-10, 2018
Farming for the Future , 27th Annual PASA Conference
The Penn Stater, State College, PA

The Farming for the Future Conference is PASA’s featured event, held annually in February. We seek to gather a diverse audience from the sustainable food system including farmers, educators, processors, advocates, and eaters – please join us! Each year we feature: Over 100 speakers representing the best from the sustainable agriculture field and our membership. The conference features a variety of sustainable farming and food system programming including full-day tracks, half-day sessions, and 80-minute workshops across the four days of the event. There will be over 90 Trade Show vendors representing the broad diversity and deep expertise of our community. There will be opportunities to network and socialize over receptions and meals that feature regionally-source ingredients. And, an ag-themed Future Farmers program for kids (K to Grade 8) will take place.

Special events like music, movie, yoga, knitting, and more are scheduled. Join us for an event that will send you home energized for another year of building the sustainable food system! For more information, visit

Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Harvesting Quality Forage, NYCO Winter Meeting
Jordan Hall at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, 630 West North Street, in Geneva, NY

Harvesting quality forage year after year is the topic of the February13 NYCO meeting. The challenges of the drought of 2016 followed by the wet spring of 2017 have many farmers wondering how to develop resiliency in their forage system. Invited speakers include Tom Kilcer of Advanced Ag Systems, on his new work adding resiliency to rotations through double cropping and multi-use cover crops.

Also on February 13, Cornell Horticulture Professor Dr. Thomas Björkman will show research on planting dates and when to include clover in cover crops, and Dr. Heather Darby from the University of Vermont will share details on forage and small grain research she has recently conducted in northern Vermont. The free-to-attend NYCO meetings begin at 10 AM in Jordan Hall at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, 630 West North Street, in Geneva, NY, and provide organic crop growers and dairy farmers together with the opportunity to hear speakers and network. There is no need to register for meetings. Participants are asked to bring a dish to pass at the potluck lunch.

NYCO winter meetings have grown from a gathering of six organic grain producers in the Martens Farms farmhouse kitchen in 1994 to filling the auditorium at the Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva. More than 300 farmers attended NYCO meetings in 2017. For more information, contact Fay Benson at 607-391-2669 or Information on previous NYCO meetings is posted at Fay Benson, Cornell Small Dairy Program, 607-391-2669,

February 21, 2018
Weed Control in Organic Field Crop Systems
Phone: 607-391-2662
Contact_Name: Fay Benson
Location: McLean Fire Hall, 2 Stevens Road, McLean, NY

Description: 11 am-2 pm, Matthew Ryan, Ph.D., agroecologist, and assistant professor at Cornell’s Sustainable Cropping System Lab, Ithaca, NY, will discuss crop rotation, cover crops, and other cultural weed management practices. His work has included studies using cover crops for organic no-till soybean production, perennial grains, and climate change adaptation.

An organic farmer panel at the February 21 event will include Northeast Organic Farming Association of New York Farmer Number 01 Tony Potenza of Trumansburg with a long history of organic field crop experience; Peter Mapstone, who works with his son Jeremy to grow forage and grain to feed their 300-cow organic dairy in Manlius, NY; and Phil Stauderman of Genoa, NY, who raises organic crops for his son Karl’s dairy and to sell.

Registration is requested. Each event has a $5 charge for lunch. To register, call Steph at 607-391-2662 or email Abbie at for all events. For more information on the Cornell Organic Dairy Program, contact Fay Benson, Cornell South Central NY Dairy Team,




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