New York Certified Organic has announced its Winter 2016 programs. Each program begins at 10 a.m. in Jordan Hall at 630 West North Street at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, NY. There is no cost or need to register for the meetings; participants are asked to bring a dish to pass at the potluck lunch.

  • January 12: Three Sessions on Organic Crop Management Through Good Years and Bad
    Sessions will cover What to Do When the Cultivating Window Does Not Open Very Wide, The Effects of Long-Term Management on Weed Competition in Organic Soybean, and Using Crimped Cover Crops for Soybean or Squash Production.
  • February 9:  Four Sessions on Managing Soil Health with Crop Rotations and Forage Production
    Sessions will cover Putting Soil Health Knowledge and Crop Rotations into Practice, Alternative Forage Rotations to Protect Soil on Marginal Land, and Reducing Pasture Compaction with Daikon Radish. A farmer panel will discuss How to Decide Whether to Sell Forages to Dairy Farmers or Plow Them In for Green Manure.
  • March 8: Four Sessions on Changing Markets for Organic Grain and Dairy Sessions will cover Developing New Markets for Organic Grain, What is Transpiring in the World Market of Organic Grain, What Do You Want to Make Per Acre on Your Farm, and Flax Grain Production and Uses.

The New York Crop Insurance Education Team, and Cornell Cooperative Extension provide support for these meetings. There will be a brief description of how crop insurance can benefit organic farmers at each of the 2016 meetings.