Corngrowers Crop Congress returns Feb. 2 to Madrid
Tuesday, January 18, 2011 - 6:09 am

MADRID -- The 2011 Crop Congress in St. Lawrence County will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2 at the Madrid Community Center.

This year the North Country Crop Congresses celebrate their 15th year of providing corn growers in New York’s six northernmost counties with the most current information on crop production techniques, disease controls, and the latest advances in making farming more productive and profitable.

Speakers from Cornell University, WH Miner Agricultural Research Institute, New York State Agriculture & Markets, Monsanto and local farms will speak on new crop technology, pest management, and the production of brown mid-rib (BMR) corn.

"At this year's Crop Congresses, we are highlighting technologies that are incorporated into the crop genetic code, BMR, and pest or herbicide tolerance traits," says Stephen Canner, field crops educator with the Cornell Cooperative Extensions in Franklin and St. Lawrence counties. "These technologies can be quite valuable, but may not be appropriate for every farm. A lot of factors must be evaluated. These Crop Congresses will help people sort out the best times and places to use these technologies."

BMR – brown mid-rib corn – is a relatively new crop product that has produced mixed results on dairy farms. The Crop Congress agenda includes local farmers sharing their experiences with feeding BMR corn to their dairy cows. David Fisher of Mapleview Farms, Madrid, will speak.

Farmers may register to attend the Madrid Crop Congress by calling Canner at 379-9192, ext. 233.