November 27, 2009
Contact: Stephen Canner, Cornell Cooperative Extension St. Lawrence
Cornell Cooperative Extension & 10 Seed Companies Present St.
Lawrence County Fall Seed Expo December 4
With margins well below long-term averages, dairy and field crop farmers
in New York are considering every possible combination of cost cutting
measures and efficiency gains. Many new crop technologies have been
integrated into corn and soybean genetics, allowing farmers more pest
control options and the potential to reduce costs. Yet the new
technologies aren’t always cheap. Farmers in tight financial times face
a complex array of choices as they sort through the offerings from many
different seed companies.
Farmers will have the opportunity to obtain data to support their
decisions at the Fall Seed Expo at the Madrid Community Center, Madrid,
NY, on December 4, 2009 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The event is sponsored
by Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County and 10 seed
Participants will hear Cornell University Crop and Soil Sciences
Professor Dr. William J. Cox present the results of Cornell corn and
soybean variety trials performed in Northern New York and elsewhere in
the state. The variety trials provide data from unbiased comparisons of
varieties from several different companies and are a valuable tool for
farmers making seed purchase decisions for the next growing season. This
research is funded by the Northern New York Agricultural Development
Mary Beth de Ondarza, an independent dairy nutrition consultant and
principal of Paradox Nutrition, will talk about what traits to look for
in silage corn with the dairy cow’s health and productivity in mind.
Representatives of the sponsoring seed companies will each present a
brief introduction to what’s new in their seed lineup for the 2010
growing season. The seed companies will also set up informational
displays, where farmers can meet informally with seed company
representatives and ask technical questions, learn about discount
programs, or place orders.
The Fall Seed Expo event is sponsored by BlueSeal, Croplan Genetics,
Dairyland Seed, Dekalb/Asgrow, Doeblers, King’s Agriseed, Mycogen Seeds,
Seedway, Syngenta, and T.A. Seeds. Lunch will be served, sponsored by
the seed companies. Contact Cornell Cooperative Extension of St.
Lawrence County at 315-379-9192 for reservations or more information. #