Western New York Soil Health Alliance : no-till and never till soil health workshop

The Western New York Soil Health Alliance will be holding a Soil Health Workshop focusing on No-till practices and benefits. They will be digging underground to look at a section of field that has Never had any tillage and compare it to the adjacent area with a history of tillage practices. In addition, there will be information on the problem of slugs and voles in the higher residue farming practices. 

We will be hearing from two speakers: Frank Gibbs a certified Soil Scientist who formed a Wetland and Soil Consulting Service in 2012 after working for 36 years for USDA in Ohio. Frank will be sharing ideas on no-till farming and talking from the soil pit where he will compare a section of the farm that has NEVER been tilled to the rest of the field that has a history of tillage. The Second speaker is James J Hoorman who is a NRCS Soil Health Specialist for Ohio & Michigan. He will be sharing his studies and experiences with Slugs & Voles as more farmers turn to no-till and high residue farming. 

The meeting will be Tuesday August 28, 2018 from 12:00 noon- 5:30pm

Red Osier Food Truck will be on-site for purchase of Roast Beef Sandwiches. 

Registration form

Please return the Registration form to Orleans County SWCD at 446 West Ave. Albion, NY 14411 with checks made payable to Western New York Soil Health Alliance enclosed. 






Ithaca, NY – June 7, 2018 – New York Soil Health today announced that registration is now open for Soil Health Summit 2018, the first statewide soil health conference in New York. The event will be held Wednesday, July 18, 2018, at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany, NY. 

The summit will host 20 expert panelists and speakers, including farmers, researchers, agricultural specialists, and policymakers. The featured keynote speaker is David Montgomery, professor and MacArthur Fellow from University of Washington, author of the critically acclaimed new book “Growing a Revolution: Bringing Our Soil Back to Life”.

“We feel that we are living through a soil health revolution here in the Northeast and are very excited about the enthusiasm we have received from speakers and attendees for this conference,” said David W. Wolfe, project leader of New York Soil Health and professor of plant and soil ecology at Cornell University. “We look forward to bringing together soil health experts to cover current research developments, non-profit conservation efforts, economic benefits, and farming practices in substantive discussions of key challenges to adoption of soil health practices.”

Summit topics include: 

·         Soil Health Economics at the Farm Scale

·         Farmer Soil Health Survey on Benefits and Constraints

·         Soil Health and Climate Change

·         New York Soil Health Roadmap feedback sessions

·         A series of brief talks summarizing current research

·         Grower panel featuring dairy, field, and vegetable crop producers

Summit speakers include researchers from Cornell University and the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service; non-profit leaders from The Nature Conservancy, Northeast Organic Farming Association, American Farmland Trust, New York Farm Viability Institute; farmers from New York; and government leaders. 

For more information, detailed agenda, and to register for the conference please visit www.summit.newyorksoilhealth.org.  


David Wolfe (dww5@cornell.edu) or Aaron Ristow (ajr229@cornell.edu).


Soil health & Nutrient management workshop

When: Wednesday, March 7th 2018; 9:00am to 3:00 pm

Where: Jordan Hall, 630 West north Street, Geneva, NY

Lunch included and provided by King's Catering

Listen to speakers: John Kemmeren - Straight Talk, Crooked Rows and a Lifetime of No-till on a Dairy Farm

Tom Kilcer- Doubling Up-Winter Triticale as a Forage

Mike Stanyard- Don't Let Slugs Slow You Down In Reduced Tillage

Tom Eskildsen- Agricultural Water Mangement in Today's Climate

Dave DeGolyer-  Life Between The Rows-Cover Crop Interseeding

Pre-Register by February 23rd 2018

To pre-register, please return the form in the link here to Ontario County Soil & Water Conservation District 480 N. Main St. Canandaigua , NY14424

Checks Made Payable to Ontario County SWCD

DEC Pesticide Applicator Credits and CCA Credits Pending


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This webinar will focus on how cover crops can create habitat for pests like voles and slugs. It is Part 1 of a 2 part series. Pest problems like voles, slugs and army worms tend to be cyclical in nature and can have dramatic impacts when there's an outbreak. Understanding the role that cover crops and no-till can play in creating the conditions for these pest to thrive can help producers make management decisions. This webinar is first of a two-part series dealing with managing cover crops and tillage to minimize pest problems.

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2018 Corn congress

When: January 10, 2018


Where: Quality Inn

8250 Park Road, Batavia

Topics to be covered:

  • Using Corn Yield Data to Develop Yield Stability Zones
  • Why is 300 bu/ac Corn the Goal When the Genetic Potential is 1000?
  • Corn Silage Trials, so Much More than Yields
  • Managing Corn in a No-Till System
  • GMO Free Corn Pest Management: Insects & Weeds
  • Western Bean Cutworm Resistance: Where do We Go from Here

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