The farmer-driven Northern New York Agricultural Development Program has
announced 26 research projects prioritized for attention on farms in Clinton,
Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties in 2016.
The major focus areas of the 2016 NNYADP projects are crop production, dairying, disease and pest control, fruit and vegetable production, and honey and maple production:
. 10 projects address opportunities for corn, soybean, alfalfa, oats, grass and grain production;
. 5 projects evaluate ways to help dairy cows and calves cope with heat stress and cold weather conditions, and to reduce the risk of mastitis;
. 4 projects are aimed at disease and pest management in crops critical to the regional dairy and livestock industries; corn alone is a $100.6 million crop in northern NY;
. 5 projects will advance the regional production of fruit and vegetables, including apples, juneberries, cherry tomatoes, and cold-hardy grapes;
. 1 project will evaluate the use of 3/16-inch tubing to enhance maple syrup production with both natural flow and artificial vacuum sap collection systems in NNY sugarbushes; and
. 1 project will improve beekeeper management practices to increase the health in the pollinating insects that support honey production in the NNY region.
Farmers who have hosted NNYADP field trials praise the value of the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program, noting the impact of enhancing animal health and crop quality, and promoting new agribusiness in the region.
Rhonda Butler of Asgaard Farm and Goat Dairy, AuSable Forks, has participated with a NNYADP small livestock parasite control project. She said, ‘The project results will guide our decisions, and provide us another way to maintain our animals’ health.’
Dairy farmer Lynn Murray of Murcrest Farms, Copenhagen, said, ‘The Northern New York Agricultural Development Program snout beetle control project has paid off here. My 2015 alfalfa crop produced the best first cutting yield ever.’
‘The Northern New York Agricultural Development Program research and training has been very good for helping us cope with an increasing problem of alfalfa snout beetle in the Malone area. We plan to open our own nematode rearing business,’ said Mary DeBeer of Debeer Seeds and Spraying, Malone.
The Northern New York Agricultural Development Program received $600,000 in the 2016-17 New York State Budget. Funding for the NNYADP is supported by the New York State Senate and administered by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets.
See www.nnyagdev.org for a complete list of the 2016 NNYADP projects, economic impact reports, and the results and application of completed projects.
Photo: USDA, Jack Dykinga
Last updated May 12, 2016