Hit Pay Dirt with Field, Crops & Equipment Demos at 2014 Empire Farm Days


Field, forage and equipment demonstrations at Empire Farm Days will provide farmers with a look at the latest equipment innovations and technologies designed to enhance production efficiencies as well as offer new crop and revenue options.
Daily field demos include forage chopping and handling and a new in-motion/drive-over scale at 10 a.m.; hay mowing at 11 a.m.; tillage and GPS at 1 p.m.; and hay raking, baling, processing and handling at 2 p.m. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, those 18 and older who are ready to test-drive some "steel" can try Cat wheel loaders, backhoes and skid steers; Honda, Kawasaki and Yamaha four-wheelers and utility vehicles; and Liftech skid steers.
New in 2014 will be demonstrations of the new Rinstrum drive-over axle scale for weighing trucks and forage loads. Trucks drive over the scale at 2 to 3 mph, and the scale automatically calculates each axle weight and prints a receipt with truck ID and gross, tare and net weights without stopping. These demonstrations will be held daily alongside the forage chopping field equipment demonstration at 10 a.m.
New field demonstrations highlight crop options and treatments. Seedway and DuPont are sponsoring a presentation on cover crops for northern climates and a demonstration of cover crop interseeding by Cornell University and Pennsylvania State University for 2014. A team of PSU researchers and grain specialists designed an interseeder that side-dresses corn with fertilizer and a postemergent herbicide while simultaneously planting a cover crop behind rows early in the season. DuPont provided a $15,000 grant to help build a small demonstration interseeder for the Friends of Northern Lake Champlain. Cornell Sustainable Cropping Systems Lab assistant professor Matthew Ryan will share the results of interseeding trials funded by the Northern New York Agricultural Development Program.
Birkett Mills is planting a field demonstration of buckwheat at Empire Farm Days for the first time. Representatives of the Penn Yan, New York-based business are looking for growers interested in growing buckwheat for their custom milling operation.
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 on the difference healthy soil provides in terms of reduced runoff, increased infiltration, and improved water and nutrient-holding capacity. The New York Soil Health Team is comprised of federal, state and local agricultural resource professionals, New York farmers and agricultural businesses. The USDA is sponsoring this soil health outreach in cooperation with the New York State Soil and Water Conservation Committee. 
The Cornell Recycling Agricultural Plastics Program will be demonstrating proper techniques for baling used farm plastics and displaying recycled plastic products, along with supplies and equipment for storing and compacting plastic. A new one-hour baler operator certification course will be offered on-site.
Empire Farm Days is scheduled for August 5-7, 2014. For a full schedule and information, visit www.empirefarmdays.com or call 877-697-7837. Admission is free, and parking is $10.