Engines are idling. New paint is getting a fresh buff. Even tires are getting a fresh shine. All's wheeling into place for your inspection and maybe haggling at the 27th annual New York Farm Show, this Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Syracuse.
The biggest draw will be hundreds of new ag products, including Oxbo's self-propelled hay merger, Lely's updated robotic milking system and feed pusher, as well as DeLaval's updated volunteer milking system. And you'll find tractors and machinery of every color and size.
New equipment isn't the only thing at New York Farm Show that promises to boost farm profits. Updating your "mental cogs" is the surest way. "That's why many organizations are putting a lot of time and effort into high-quality educational programs for show visitors," says Show Manager Scott Grigor. All are free.
Allow yourself time to take in at least a couple of the mini-sessions on timber/wildlife management, precision cropping technology, natural gas landowner issues (all in the Arts & Home Center), plus beef production (in the beef industry area of the Dairy Building). Here's a quick rundown on them:
Hot Gas Leasing Issues: This Friday only session opens at 9 a.m. in the Bistro Room. Cornell Extension experts lead off with economic implications for landowners of different drilling scenarios, favored drilling development areas, compulsory integration and potential income from pipeline leases and fracking water reservoirs.
Leasing Consultant Jim Leonard will address contract issues plus leasing issues with pipeline development, compressor stations and access roads. He'll also cover one of the biggest problems – proper payments and the "holding by production" problem.
Precision Cropping: At noon on Friday, Rich Wildman, CEO of Agrinetix, will share first-year results of extensive on-farm trials of precision placement of strip-till planting and manure applications in the Bistro Room. Topics include: Planting into the tillage zone with RTK precision; Managing manure applications in no-spread zones; and Using precision ag tools for accurate manure/fertilizer records.
Timber/wildlife Management: Half-hour programs that start on the hour are held each day in the Somerset Room. Thursday's sessions begin at 1 p.m., covering silvopasturing opportunities and Emerald Ash Borer control.
Friday sessions begin at 10 a.m., with hunting leases and timber value improvement practices, then shift to 1 p.m. for sugarbush thinning strategies and wildlife information for landowners. Saturday sessions lead off with timber market values at 10 a.m. followed by how to plug in woodlot renewables – earth, wind, fire and water.
Beef Profit-boosters: On-the-half-hour daily sessions start at 10 a.m., covering halter-breaking techniques, show cattle clipping and grooming, feeder calf castration methods, cattle handling system design, ultrasound demonstration, safe and healthy practices, calf preconditioning, "repro" technologies and beef cut know-how.
Yes, those delicious hot beef sundaes will be there, too. Serving starts at 11 a.m.
Don't forget the Robert Watson Memorial FFA Toy Auction on Friday, kicking off at 5 p.m. in the Empire Room of the Arts & Home Center. It's sponsored by the New York State FFA Alumni Association, courtesy of New York Farm Show. For a partial list of featured toys going up for bid, click on www.FFATOYAUCTION.org .